Food for the Soul

Chana Rubin
  • Review
By – December 22, 2011

The book with its sub­ti­tle: Tra­di­tion­al Jew­ish Wis­dom for Healthy Eat­ing,” should be kept read­i­ly acces­si­ble. The author, a reg­is­tered dietit­ian, cites var­i­ous tra­di­tion­al Jew­ish sources as well as a 16th cen­tu­ry Japan­ese tea mas­ter to moti­vate us to pick the health­ful foods, per­form the cor­rect exer­cis­es and assist us to cook and eat in the appro­pri­ate man­ner for the well being of our inner soul and phys­i­cal body. 

We are bom­bard­ed by the media about the plague of obe­si­ty and the increase in dia­betes. This tome presents in a most cap­ti­vat­ing man­ner how we should go about prepar­ing deli­cious dish­es (there are over 100 recipes in the book), eat­ing in a calm atmos­phere, read­ing food labels, cre­at­ing the nec­es­sary hol­i­day atmos­phere, ascer­tain­ing food safe­ty, and out­lin­ing menus for var­i­ous occasions. 

It is an ambi­tious work which incor­po­rates the health guide we all need and the spir­i­tu­al impe­tus for a good life and a life of good. The clear, first-rate recipes are uncom­pli­cat­ed and this review­er was intrigued by sev­er­al. I par­tic­u­lar­ly loved Doron’s Banana Wal­nut Cup­cakes, which con­tain sauteed bananas for a delec­table addi­tion to our repertoire. 

As the author encour­ages us, so do I encour­age you to fol­low her words: La’briut u’b’teavon: To your good health and enjoy­ment!” Excel­lent index, guide to Inter­net sites, and ref­er­ence section.

Danièle Gor­lin Lass­ner (wife, moth­er, grand­moth­er) retired after 35 years at Ramaz where she served as Dean of Admis­sions, For­eign Lan­guage Depart­ment chair and teacher of French and Span­ish. She owns hun­dreds of cook­books. She has trans­lat­ed sev­er­al chil­dren’s books from French into Eng­lish. She has recent­ly trans­lat­ed “ A Mem­oir of Sanc­ti­ty “ by May­er Moskowitz (Mazo Pub­lish­ers, Jerusalem, Israel) from Hebrew into Eng­lish. No mat­ter the lan­guage, food is a con­stant.”

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