Updated: Dec 24, 2018
My kitchen is like 4x5 so my cookbooks are technically outside of it, but you get the idea. When it comes to cooking or giving gifts a well designed and written cookbook goes a long way. I grew up in a home where every night before dinner we’d scour my mother’s library and pick a cookbook and then make something from it. My mom had cookbooks from every corner of the planet, you could tell where in the world my dad’s businesses trips were from which cookbooks were laying around. Yes, I am the queen of googling recipes, but there is nothing like having the recipe right in front of you and as the years go on, you can tell your favorite from the stains of food or crumbs left in between pages. Check out my ongoing list of favorite kitchen and food items here.
Rising the Book of Challah by Rochie Pinson
Your girl over here struggles with baking and that includes even challah. I didn’t start making challah every Friday until I was married and nearly three years later it still turns out wonky. I received this book from a giveaway online and it will forever be a staple in my house. Pinson truly shows you the beauty of challah and the rituals that come with it. Plus, it doesn’t read like your typical cookbook since the beginning is a story! This makes the perfect wedding or bridal shower gift. Get a copy here | Follow the author on Instagram
Arthur Schwartz’s Jewish Home Cooking, Yiddish Recipes Revisited
I married Mizrachi and now tend to prefer the flavors of turmeric and cumin to my Ashkenazi roots but you can never forget where you came from. This cookbook is an encyclopedia of Ashkenazi cuisine complete with a fabulous chopped liver recipe, matzo ball soup, kreplach and of course gefilte fish. It a great resource to keep on the shelf when you’re in need of comfort food or looking for an original matzo ball soup recipe. Get a copy here.
Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking by Michael Solomonov
Hands down this is one of my favorite Jewish cookbooks because it has multiple tahini recipes and that means multiple reasons to dip bread. Plus, the book even begins with tehina and a glimpse into why Israelis love it. Can you tell it’s one of my favorite things in the world? For anyone new, the world of Israeli cuisine this book is a great starting point. Solomonov does a fantastic job of explaining the spices and flavors of the homeland.
The Gefilte Manifesto by Jeffrey Yoskowitz & Liz Alpern
I received this book through an event I hosted with OneTable and was overjoyed. It takes the beauty of Ashkenazi cuisine and makes it sexy, as an example it begins with Pantry Staples and the first one is Everything Bagel Butter… you’re already sold. My favorite in this cookbook is the Orange-Spiced Rye Honey Cake, I made about 6 this past Rosh Hashanah and I can guarantee you everyone’s belly was smiling.
Classic Central Asian (Bukharian) Jewish Cuisine and Customs by Amnun Kimyagarov
I about fainted when I passed a cookbook store on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and saw this book in the window. Dr. Bae if you haven’t watched my Instagram stories lately is Bukharian and figuring how to cook some of his favorite foods hasn’t been easy. There isn’t a lot out there about Bukharian cuisine, that is of course unless you are Bukharian. For anyone looking to try some new Jewish foods, I recommend this. The recipes and flavors will take you on a journey and introduce you to a new culture. I know I can’t wait to show my future children this book! Get a copy here.
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