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NOTABLE COOKBOOKS: From Brooklyn to Jerusalem to the Greek Isles, a New Batch of Jewish Cookbooks Takes You on a Whirlwind Tour of Jewish Gastronomy

Magazine article Moment

NOTABLE COOKBOOKS: From Brooklyn to Jerusalem to the Greek Isles, a New Batch of Jewish Cookbooks Takes You on a Whirlwind Tour of Jewish Gastronomy

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The Mile End Cookbook

by Noah and Rae Bernamoff

Hipster deli: Maybe the two words seem incongruous. But the Bernamoffs of Brooklyn's Montreal-inspired Mile End Deli bring them together. Noah's scruffy beard, Rae's cat-eye glasses and the couple's do-it-yourself approach to traditional Jewish foods establish their hipster cred; their smoked meat sandwiches, pickled beets and whitefish salad take care of the deli part. Their Mile End Cookbook brings retro back. With essays contributed from leaders of the nouveau deli movement, the book takes a philosophical approach: "Without tradition you'll never be able to innovate, and without innovation you'll never really be able to revive your traditions."

Jewish Cookery Book

by Esther Levy

Everything old is new again: The first kosher cookbook published in America (in 1871) has been reprinted by the American Antiquarian Society, with an introduction by current first lady of Jewish food, Joan Nathan. Levy's book includes recipes for dishes such as. "Nice Butter Soup," "Good Sauce for Cold Roast Beef' and "Matzas Charlotte"--matzoh layered with custard, raisins, nutmeg, cinnamon, sugar and other flavorings. The volume is peppered with medical and household advice on such topics as "bleeding at the lungs" ("Drink freely of strong salt and water every two or three minutes") and " how to give a gloss to shirt bosoms."

Stella's Sephardic Table

by Stella Cohen

Sephardic cooking encompasses many rich histories. In her cookbook, Cohen highlights one such culinary tradition, that of the Jews of Rhodes, a Greek island in the Mediterranean. Known in Ladino as La Chica Yerushalayim--The Little Jerusalem--Rhodes was home to a thriving Jewish community from as early as the second century BCE up until World War 11, when the majority of Jews were tiken to concentration camps. …

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