Celebrate: Food, Family, Shabbos

Emunah of America Feldheim Distributor  2015


Jews are fortunate to have an occasion to celebrate every week: Shabbat. Sharing prayer and food gathers people together and nurtures relationships. This cookbook offers 200 recipes to bring variety and healthy foods to Shabbat tables. It was created as a fundraiser for Emunah, an Israeli social services organization that helps families and children in distress. Elizabeth Kurtz, the author, is a cooking teacher and Jerusalem Post columnist.

Celebrate provides all the information a cook needs to prepare for Shabbat. It begins with detailed instructions for making challah and offers instructions to make many versions of this traditional bread, including whole wheat and gluten-free. The chapters that follow cover Kiddush (appetizers such as Skewered Gefilte Fish with Ratatouille and vegetarian chopped liver), first course (Honey Garlic Meatballs, Salmon Croquettes with Dill Tartar Sauce), soups, salads (Asian Spinach Salad with Sliced Steak and Wasabi Crunch, Roasted Beet and Asparagus Salad), poultry, meats, sides (Acorn Squash Stuffed with Jeweled Israeli Couscous, Szechwan Sugar Snap Peas), dessert (Shaved Chocolate Pound Cake), and Shalosh Seudos (Everything Bagel Romaine Salad with Smoked Salmon), among others. All of the dishes are kosher.

In addition to these creative recipes loaded with international flavor, readers will find useful tools such as a Troubleshooting Cookie Chart (which provides solutions for problems including dough that is too sticky or too dry); a chart of kosher meat cuts; and a master cholent recipe that includes barbecue, Moroccan, marrow, and Passover variations of this long-cooking dish. Each recipe is accompanied by a color illustration of the finished product, and the instructions are clear and easy to follow. Even novice cooks will be able to prepare professional-looking dishes for their tables.

This is an excellent basic kosher cookbook. It belongs in home kitchens and it would make a thoughtful wedding or housewarming gift.

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