Shabbat: Recipes and Rituals from My Table to Yours

Avery. Sept. 2023. 384p. ISBN 9780593327777. $35. COOKING
Veteran food writer and cookbook author Sussman (Sababa) shares the secrets of her Shabbat table, including favorite traditions and recipes, from her home in Israel so readers can create their own special gatherings. She offers recipes that are modern and have a little something for everyone with plenty of vegan offerings, cocktails, and even breakfast. Readers will also find traditional Jewish dishes like matzo ball soup and kugel. Vignettes allow the reader to visit other Shabbat traditions across Israel, some religious and some not, including a visit to the kitchen of the book’s food stylist, Nurit Kariv, for Shabbat brunch. The full-page food photography showcases the beauty of the dishes and Sussman’s craft. The plethora of dishes and variety of flavors will make this title popular with those looking to reconnect with Shabbat, the gathering of family, and the enjoyment of food, and revive for the week ahead in today’s busy world.
VERDICT Slowing down, breaking bread, and giving thanks are hallmarks of the Shabbat tradition, and here Sussman shares the recipes and beauty for cooks to create their own traditions.
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