Jewish Cooking Boot Camp: The Modern Girl's Guide to Cooking Like a Jewish Grandmother
Jewish Cooking Boot Camp takes every last ounce of intimidation out of Jewish cooking while serving up a hearty helping of family, culture, and other flavors to savor.
Paperback, 200 pages
Published August 18th 2009 by Three Forks
(first published August 4th 2009)
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This book's blurb claims it "takes every last ounce of intimidation out of Jewish cooking". Personally, however, while I may be a little bewildered by my newly-acquired-by-marriage Jewish culture, I'm a bit past that stage in cooking: molecular gastronomy is intimidating, not Bubbe's noodle kugel. I appreciated the informational tidbits, quotes, and stories of how different real families celebrate holidays, but I'll look elsewhere for actual recipes; Fishbein's Kosher by Design books are a bit m...more
Stylish and fun but some of the recipes are a little odd. Ketchup in stuffed cabbage? Cake mixes? Some of the side dishes (dill carrots etc) barely needed a recipe. I expected more from a cookbook that both invoked grandmothers and didn't mention that it was a "short cut" cookbook.
This is a good book to give to somebody who is just entering Jewish culture, and wants to have the basic recipes that would identify them as "a member of the tribe" and to have some basic knowledge about what things mean--like 'kosher', 'matzah', 'keeping passover' and so on.