My Life in Recipes: Food, Family, and Memories

Knopf. Apr. 2024. 464p. ISBN 9780525658986. $45. COOKING
Part travelogue, part cookbook, and part family history, the latest cookbook from award-winning Nathan (King Solomon’s Table) brings readers on a journey steeped in tradition, culture, history, and, most importantly, memorable meals. Nathan is both a well-traveled and a well-read chef, and this selection of recipes draws on her numerous international expeditions, research into vintage cookbooks and historical documents, and access to her family’s own intergenerational collection of recipes. Those well-versed in Ashkenazi Jewish cooking will find new recipes for a bevy of beloved standbys such as savory noodle kugel, whitefish salad, and brisket. Additionally, Nathan includes less universal, yet nonetheless appealing, offerings such as “hippie” molasses muffins and Ann Arbor schnecken. Peppered with diary entries, personal letters, and family photos, the book serves as a retrospective of Nathan’s impressive and sprawling culinary career.
VERDICT For those seeking a healthy mix of typical yet well-executed European-Jewish dishes, paired with less familiar while still intriguing options, this will be a sure hit.
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