At Oma’s Table: More than 100 Recipes and Remem­brances from a Jew­ish Fam­i­ly’s Kitchen

Doris Schechter
  • Review
By – January 9, 2012
Every day Dora Schechter’s grand­moth­er Leah Gold­stein put on her sen­si­ble shoes and shopped for the fam­i­ly din­ner. The din­ners she served at six o’clock sharp were whole­some and fresh, the food of her native Vien­na — beef goulash, stuffed cab­bage, Lip­tauer cheese spread, dumplings, toast­ed bread­crumbs, a touch from the family’s stay in Italy. 

Into this lov­ing trib­ute to her grand­moth­er and to her fam­i­ly, Dora Schechter, own­er of My Favorite Food restau­rant, weaves the sto­ry of their remark­able jour­ney from Vien­na in 1938 to Italy to New York City. Her grand­moth­er, whose hus­band, son, and daugh­ter all per­ished in con­cen­tra­tion camps, man­aged the house­hold and set a high stan­dard but was always gen­tle and soft-spo­ken in pass­ing on her lega­cy. Schechter has col­lect­ed her grandmother’s recipes, her mother’s few favorites — her wid­owed moth­er worked into her eight­ies and sel­dom cooked — and her own in this warm and hand­some book. Ful­ly kosher, with a bonus of menus for every­day meals and spe­cial occa­sions. Illus­tra­tions, index.

Maron L. Wax­man, retired edi­to­r­i­al direc­tor, spe­cial projects, at the Amer­i­can Muse­um of Nat­ur­al His­to­ry, was also an edi­to­r­i­al direc­tor at Harper­Collins and Book-of-the-Month Club.

Discussion Questions