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    Jewish Jews have lived in many countries, including the Middle East, the Americas, Europe and elsewhere. Wherever Jews have lived, they have always eaten local foods, selecting ingredients and creating dishes to comply with the requirements of "halakha" (the body of interpretation of Jewish religious law) - "kosher" means foods (and food preparation practises) that are in keeping with Jewish dietary laws.

    Perhaps best-known in North America are those Jewish dishes which originated in, and were influenced by, eastern European cuisine, but every Jewish community - Ashkenazic, Sephardic, Yemenite, Italian and others - has met the requirements of Judaism in its own way and with its own cuisine.

    Some popular Jewish recipes and dishes include:
    • Baba ghanoush - Mashed eggplant with various seasonings. In Israel, it is made from mashed grilled eggplant with tahini or mayonnaise.

      Baba ghanoush

    • Blintz - Thin pancakes stuffed with a cheese filling, and then fried in oil. They are eaten on Jewish holidays such as Hanukkah and Shavuot.

      Blintzes

    • Borscht - Vegetable soup made from beetroot.

    • Chicken soup.

    • Falafel - A fried ball made from chickpeas or fava beans.

    • Gefilte fish - Poached fish patties, usually made from carp.

    • Israeli salad - Finely diced tomatoes and cucumbers, dressed with olive oil and lemon juice.


    • Kibbeh - A shell made from bulgar wheat, stuffed with ground lamb and fried.

      Kibbeh

    • Kugel - A baked dish made from egg noodles or potatoes and eggs.

    • Knish - Baked or fried dough stuffed with cheese, ground meat, mashed potato, onions, or sauerkraut.

    • Kreplach - Small stuffed dumplings. They are typically stuffed with ground meat or mashed potato, cooked by boiling, and served with chicken soup.

    • Jachnun - A traditional dish of Yemenite Jews. It is rolled dough baked on a low heat for many hours, which is eaten with hard-boiled eggs, tomato dip, and skhug (a hot sauce made from peppers and spices).

    • Latkes - Potato pancakes.

    • Lox - A cured salmon fillet.

    • Matzah ball - Balls made from ground matzah (a Jewish flatbread), and chicken fat (schmaltz). The balls are often eaten in chicken broth as matzah ball soup.

    • Pastrami - Raw beef, salted, dried and seasoned with various herbs and spices.

    • Shlishkes - Dumplings made from mashed potato, egg, flour and water. The dumplings are cooked by boiling and then rolled in sugar and hot buttered caramelized breadcrumbs.

    • Tzimmes - Diced carrots with dried fruits (prunes or raisins) and chunks of meat. The dish is cooked slowly and flavored with cinnamon and honey.

    • Vareniki - Dumplings stuffed with cabbage, cheese, hard-boiled eggs, mashed potatoes, meat or sauerkraut.

    • Vorschmack - A salty meat dish made from ground meat, anchovies or herring, and onions. It is usually garnished with salty pickles.


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    The Book of Jewish Food: An Odyssey from Samarkand to New York

    By Claudia Roden

    Knopf Publishing Group
    Released: 1996-11-26
    Hardcover (688 pages)

    The Book of Jewish Food: An Odyssey from Samarkand to New York
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    A monumental work--the story of the Jewish people told through the story of Jewish cooking--The Book of Jewish Food traces the development of both Ashkenazic and Sephardic Jewish communities and their cuisine over the centuries. The 800 magnificent recipes, many never before documented, represent treasures garnered bu Roden through nearly 15 years of traveling around the world. 50 photos & illustrations.

    Jerusalem: A Cookbook

    By Yotam Ottolenghi

    Random House
    Released: 2012-10-16
    Hardcover (320 pages)

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    • Ten Speed Press
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    A collection of 120 recipes exploring the flavors of Jerusalem from the New York Times bestselling author of Plenty, one of the most lauded cookbooks of 2011.

    In Jerusalem, Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi explore  the vibrant cuisine of their home city—with its diverse Muslim, Jewish, and Christian communities. Both men were born in Jerusalem in the same year—Tamimi on the Arab east side and Ottolenghi in the Jewish west. This stunning cookbook offers 120 recipes from their unique cross-cultural perspective, from inventive vegetable dishes to sweet, rich desserts. With five bustling restaurants in London and two stellar cookbooks, Ottolenghi is one of the most respected chefs in the world; in Jerusalem, he and Tamimi have collaborated to produce their most personal cookbook yet.

    Classic Central Asian Bukharian Jewish Cuisine & Customs

    By Amnun Kimyagarov

    Hardcover

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    Presenting a collection of some 200 unique Central Asian Jewish recipes, many of them long-forgotten. The recipes have been adapted to suit the modern kitchen and are presented in full detail. The recipes in the book are presented within the context of Central Asian Jewry. Included in this book is an extensive overview of this ethnic group's history and culture. The text is accompanied by numerous illustrations and one-of-a-kind historic photographs, tracking the development of Central Asian Jewish cuisine and customs over the past 100 years. Hardcover

    Ottolenghi Simple: A Cookbook

    By Yotam Ottolenghi

    AMERICAN WEST BOOKS
    Released: 2018-10-16
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    JAMES BEARD AWARD FINALIST • The New York Times bestselling collection of 130 easy, flavor-forward recipes from beloved chef Yotam Ottolenghi.

    In Ottolenghi Simple, powerhouse author and chef Yotam Ottolenghi presents 130 streamlined recipes packed with his signature Middle Eastern–inspired flavors, all simple in at least (and often more than) one way: made in 30 minutes or less, with 10 or fewer ingredients, in a single pot, using pantry staples, or prepared ahead of time for brilliantly, deliciously simple meals. Brunch gets a make-over with Braised Eggs with Leeks and Za’atar; Cauliflower, Pomegranate, and Pistachio Salad refreshes the side-dish rotation; Lamb and Feta Meatballs bring ease to the weeknight table; and every sweet tooth is sure to be satisfied by the spectacular Fig and Thyme Clafoutis. With more than 130 photographs, this is elemental Ottolenghi for everyone.

    The German-Jewish Cookbook: Recipes and History of a Cuisine (HBI Series on Jewish Women)

    By Gabrielle Rossmer Gropman

    Brandeis University Press
    Hardcover (272 pages)

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    This cookbook features recipes for German-Jewish cuisine as it existed in Germany prior to World War II, and as refugees later adapted it in the United States and elsewhere. Because these dishes differ from more familiar Jewish food, they will be a discovery for many people. With a focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients, this indispensable collection of recipes includes numerous soups, both chilled and hot; vegetable dishes; meats, poultry, and fish; fruit desserts; cakes; and the German version of challah, Berches. These elegant and mostly easy-to-make recipes range from light summery fare to hearty winter foods. The Gropmans―a mother-daughter author pair―have honored the original recipes Gabrielle learned after arriving as a baby in Washington Heights from Germany in 1939, while updating their format to reflect contemporary standards of recipe writing. Six recipe chapters offer easy-to-follow instructions for weekday meals, Shabbos and holiday meals, sausage and cold cuts, vegetables, coffee and cake, and core recipes basic to the preparation of German-Jewish cuisine. Some of these recipes come from friends and family of the authors; others have been culled from interviews conducted by the authors, prewar German-Jewish cookbooks, nineteenth-century American cookbooks, community cookbooks, memoirs, or historical and archival material. The introduction explains the basics of Jewish diet (kosher law). The historical chapter that follows sets the stage by describing Jewish social customs in Germany and then offering a look at life in the vibrant émigré community of Washington Heights in New York City in the 1940s and 1950s. Vividly illustrated with more than fifty drawings by Megan Piontkowski and photographs by Sonya Gropman that show the cooking process as well as the delicious finished dishes, this cookbook will appeal to readers curious about ethnic cooking and how it has evolved, and to anyone interested in exploring delicious new recipes.

    The Jewish Family Table: Traditional Cuisine from Jewish Communities Around the World

    By Nancy Silverman

    Released: 2019-04-20
    Kindle Edition (74 pages)

    The Jewish Family Table: Traditional Cuisine from Jewish Communities Around the World
     
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    Bring the world to your table!

    With The Jewish Family Table cookbook, exotic foods inspired by the culinary traditions of Jewish communities across the world could be the centerpiece of your next holiday feast. This selection of traditional kosher dishes, including soups, main courses, and desserts, will help you impress your friends and family without spending hours in the kitchen. The recipes in The Jewish Family Table cookbook were specifically selected for their exotic charm and colorful flavors, while still appealing to the Western palate. They are easy to follow and only require ingredients which are readily available at your average grocery or supermarket, and common tools you already have in your kitchen.

    Jewish cooking draws influence from the flavors and dishes of Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East. Perhaps a soup from Eastern Europe paired with a Levantine meat pie, or a Georgian staple followed by an exotic dessert of sweet, Moroccan-style vegetables will please your palate? The authentic and delicious recipes featured in The Jewish Family Table cookbook are sure to impress your guests and expand your culinary repertoire. Grab your copy today, and bring the world to your table.

    The 100 Most Jewish Foods: A Highly Debatable List

    By Alana Newhouse

    AMERICAN WEST BOOKS
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    With contributions from Ruth Reichl, Éric Ripert, Joan Nathan, Michael Solomonov, Dan Barber, Yotam Ottolenghi, Tom Colicchio, Maira Kalman, Melissa Clark, and many more!

    Tablet’s list of the 100 most Jewish foods is not about the most popular Jewish foods, or the tastiest, or even the most enduring. It’s a list of the most significant foods culturally and historically to the Jewish people, explored deeply with essays, recipes, stories, and context. Some of the dishes are no longer cooked at home, and some are not even dishes in the traditional sense (store-bought cereal and Stella D’oro cookies, for example). The entire list is up for debate, which is what makes this book so much fun. Many of the foods are delicious (such as babka and shakshuka). Others make us wonder how they’ve survived as long as they have (such as unhatched chicken eggs and jellied calves’ feet). As expected, many Jewish (and now universal) favorites like matzo balls, pickles, cheesecake, blintzes, and chopped liver make the list. The recipes are global and represent all contingencies of the Jewish experience. Contributors include Ruth Reichl, Éric Ripert, Joan Nathan, Michael Solomonov, Dan Barber, Gail Simmons, Yotam Ottolenghi, Tom Colicchio, Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, Maira Kalman, Action Bronson, Daphne Merkin, Shalom Auslander, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, and Phil Rosenthal, among many others. Presented in a gifty package, The 100 Most Jewish Foods is the perfect book to dip into, quote from, cook from, and launch a spirited debate.

    California Kosher: Contemporary and Traditional Jewish Cuisine

    By Women's League of Adat

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    Plenty: Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London's Ottolenghi

    By Yotam Ottolenghi

    AMERICAN WEST BOOKS
    Released: 2011-03-23
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    The cookbook that launched Yotam Ottolenghi as an international food celebrity

    If you are a fan of Plenty More, Forks Over Knives, Smitten Kitchen Every Day, or On Vegetables, you’ll love this Ottolenghi cookbook

    A vegetarian cookbook from the author of Jerusalem A Cookbook  and other Ottolenghi cookbooks: A must-have collection of 120 vegetarian recipes from Yotam Ottolenghi featuring exciting flavors and fresh combinations that will become mainstays for readers and eaters looking for a brilliant take on vegetables.

    Mastering the art of French cooking the Yotam Ottolenghi way: One of the most exciting talents in the cooking world, Yotam Ottolenghi's food inspiration comes from his Cordon Bleu training, Mediterranean background, and his unapologetic love of ingredients. "My approach can be the opposite to traditional French cooking, where everything is a little bit uniform and you work hard to process a sauce into the most fine and homogenous thing. I go the other way and use spices, herbs and other ingredients to create a sense of surprise." Not a vegetarian himself, his approach to vegetable dishes is wholly original and innovative, based on freshness and seasonality, and drawn from the diverse food cultures represented in London.

    The Plenty cookbook: Plenty is the cookbook that launched Yotam Ottolenghi from a fabulous chef, London restaurant owner, and British newspaper columnist to an international food celebrity. In Plenty , Yotam puts a spotlight on vegetarian restaurant-caliber recipes that every home cook can make. A vibrant photo accompanies every recipe in this visually stunning Ottolenghi cookbook. Essential for meat-eaters and vegetarians alike!

     Plenty is an indispensable cookbook for every home library.

    Ottolenghi: The Cookbook

    By Yotam Ottolenghi

    Ten Speed Press
    Released: 2013-09-03
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    Available for the first time in an American edition, this debut cookbook, from bestselling authors Yotam Ottolenghi  and Sami Tamimi of Plenty and Jerusalem, features 140 recipes culled from the popular Ottolenghi restaurants and inspired by the diverse culinary traditions of the Mediterranean.

    Yotam Ottolenghi’s four eponymous restaurants—each a patisserie, deli, restaurant, and bakery rolled into one—are among London’s most popular culinary destinations. Now available for the first time in an American edition and updated with US measurements throughout, this debut cookbook from the celebrated, bestselling authors of Jerusalem  and Plenty features 140 recipes culled from the popular Ottolenghi restaurants and inspired by the diverse culinary traditions of the Mediterranean.

    The recipes reflect the authors’ upbringings in Jerusalem yet also incorporate culinary traditions from California, Italy, and North Africa, among others. Featuring abundant produce and numerous fish and meat dishes, as well as Ottolenghi’s famed cakes and breads, Ottolenghi invites you into a world of inventive flavors and fresh, vibrant cooking.

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