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For thousands of years, the people of the Jewish Diaspora have carried their culinary traditions and kosher laws throughout the world. In the United States, this has resulted primarily in an Ashkenazi table of matzo ball soup and knishes, brisket and gefilte fish. But Joyce Goldstein is now expanding that menu with this comprehensive collection of over four hundred recipes ...more
Hardcover, 468 pages
Published April 12th 2016 by University of California Press (first published March 15th 2016)
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roxi Net
I asked to review this book since I wasn’t exactly sure what New Mediterranean Jewish food actually was. The book has an in-depth introduction that did answer my questions but it was a bit weighty to get through (though I’m glad I did). I was a bit disappointed to read that the flavors tend to be on the mild side (I like punchy flavors, but like with most things, food is objective). The book is very simply designed, without photos (again, a disappointment). The instructions were also more of a n ...more
Rena Del
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Best non picture cookbook, read this cover to cover and loved every minute, learned about food and culture in Greece, Italy, Spain, Morocco, Iraq, Iran and Tunisia.
Linda
Nov 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, cookbook
Lots of interesting recipes! No pictures :(
Penmouse
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Author Joyce Goldstein has written a thorough and comprehensive Mediterranean cookbook featuring Jewish recipes.

Goldstein's book educated me about Kosher laws and Jewish holidays. I learned much about how or why Kosher foods were prepared thanks to her book.

The author writes she has a passion for taking traditional recipes and giving them a contemporary update.

If you are interested in learning more about Jewish cooking, Jewish history and the Jewish faith you will love her book as she's meticul
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Kimberlee Kimura
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Despite having no photos, I loved this book - it was more of an amazing, exhaustive history lesson than about cooking, although the recipes look good. If you love learning about Tunisian vs Moroccan baked eggplant dishes, and what kosher laws pertain to such dishes, this is a great read!
The Jewish Book Council
Joyce Goldstein's new collection of recipes expands the common, Eurocentric definition of Jewish cuisine to include Sephardic, Maghrebi, and Mizrahi foods and culinary traditions. Review by Gila Wertheimer for the Jewish Book Council. ...more
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great stories behind many recipes. Most recipes delicious
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