COOKING & FOOD

Jew-Ish: A Cookbook: Reinvented Recipes from a Modern Mensch

Houghton Harcourt. Mar. 2021. 272p. ISBN 9780358353980. $30. COOKING
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Food writer Cohen, Editorial and Test Kitchen Director at Feedfeed, presents an inviting introduction to modern Jewish cuisine as it has adapted over the years. Beginning with what it means to be Jew-ish, Cohen brings a conversational approach to his stories and recipes, offering enough history so that a non-Jewish cook can understand the importance of the recipes, while also taking care to make sure that each meal is accessible to the Jewish person looking to extend some of their own traditions. With personality and humor, Cohen describes everything from his obsession with babka to his love language of carbs. This deep appreciation of food translates when guiding home cooks to re-create meals such as One-Pot Persian-Ish Pasta or Spice Herb-Roasted Mushrooms. A chapter on kugel is a highlight, featuring plenty of options for making kugel-based dishes within a limited amount of time, as is a section on babka, with chocolate-tahini and pumpkin spice fillings, among others.
VERDICT This fun collection will appeal to all home cooks looking for creative takes on modern cuisine with a Jew-ish flair, and anyone with a sense of humor.

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