The Gefilte Manifesto

How do you make centuries-old Ashkenazi cuisine feel fresh again? Leave it to Liz Alpern and Jeffrey Yoskowitz to show us the way forward. It all started with gefilte fish. Liz and Jeffrey were frustrated that the Jewish cuisine they loved and grew up eating as kids was considered a thing of the past. They were friends…

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Sweet Noshings

Avocado latke breakfast tacos, chai tea challah, apple beet charoset, Manischewitz ice cream, drunken honey pomegranate whisky cake: Amy Kritzer spins classic Jewish dishes like no one else. Amy always loved cooking with her Bubbe Eleanor. After Eleanor sent Amy hundreds of her beloved recipes, she set a goal to make one recipe each week, adding her…

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Bubbe and Me in the Kitchen

Miri Rotkovitz’s new cookbook, Bubbe and Me in the Kitchen, is a great addition to my now growing Jewish cookbook collection. Miri, a food writer and the kosher food expert at About.com, spent a good portion of her early years in the kitchen with her grandmother, and it left her with a lasting impression of…

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Soom Tahini

Soom Tahini is the tahini used in many of the hottest restaurant kitchens across the nation. Everyone from Michael Solomonov of Zahav to Alon Shaya of Shaya is proclaiming it’s the best they’ve ever tasted. Soom is a Philadelphia-based, certified women-owned company started by Amy, Shelby, and Jackie Zitelman—three very hard-working sisters. Their mission is…

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Israel Eats

Israel Eats is a delicious compilation of stories, recipes, and stunning photographs of Israel’s food culture. It’s a gorgeous coffee table book and one of my new favorite cookbooks. Steven Rothfeld, a world-class photographer, spent several months traveling through Israel to explore the vibrant food scene. The locals guided him from one great restaurant to…

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Joyce Goldstein’s New Mediterranean Jewish Table

I can’t remember the last time I picked up a cookbook with more than 400 recipes and wanted to make every single one of them. The New Mediterranean Jewish Table: Old World Recipes for the Modern Home by Joyce Goldstein is that kind of cookbook. Last week, I stayed up late reading it in bed while…

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The Asufa Haggadah

I always look forward to the new version of the Asufa Haggadah. Each year, the best Israeli graphic designers, typographers and illustrators come together to create this beautiful Haggadah. Each artist is given one full page and complete freedom to design an illustration inspired by standard Haggadah text. The project began in 2013 by Lior Yamin, one…

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