The Jewish Cookbook

Phaidon. Sept. 2019. 432p. ISBN 9780714879338. $49.95. COOKING
Koenig (Modern Jewish Cooking) includes familiar fare such as lox, rugelach, and gefilte fish in this standout collection while also introducing other, less well-known, dishes. The strength of the book, however, is its consideration of the Jewish diaspora; for example, there are six variations of the Passover dish charoset, including Kurdish, Italian, Greek, and Indian styles. Recipes draw upon larger Jewish communities, such as in New York, as well as smaller ones, like the Ugandan community. Koenig provides introductory context for each recipe along with straightforward directions and vivid illustrations.
VERDICT Essential for its wealth of recipes representing how Jewish communities around the world have collectively crafted a marvelous cuisine. Jewish and non-Jewish readers alike are certain to find many enticing, delicious ideas for trying in the kitchen.

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