Hon­ey Cake & Latkes: Recipes from the Old World by the Auschwitz-Birke­nau Survivors

Maria Zalews­ka, ed.

  • From the Publisher
January 4, 2022

More than a cook­book, this col­lec­tion of heir­loom recipes con­veys Auschwitz-Birke­nau sur­vivors’ sto­ries through the mnemon­ic lens of cook­ing and food. Col­lect­ed and edit­ed dur­ing the pan­dem­ic, this book — in the words of Ronald S. Laud­er, Chair­man of the Auschwitz-Birke­nau Memo­r­i­al Foun­da­tion — is a sto­ry of hope and tri­umph of the human spir­it.” Over 110 recipes accom­pa­nied by sur­vivors’ pre-war rec­ol­lec­tions and post-lib­er­a­tion mem­o­ries weave a unique tapes­try of sen­so­ry expe­ri­ences of fla­vors and aro­mas from the old world, accounts of loss and trau­ma, as well as heart­warm­ing and poignant tales of new begin­nings and heal­ing. All of the recipes have been test­ed and retest­ed to make sure they can be repli­cat­ed in your kitchen while keep­ing the orig­i­nal char­ac­ter and voice of the sur­vivors who con­tributed to the vol­ume. Deli­cious recipes include Blintzes, Kugel, Mat­zo Ball Soup, Cholent, Goulash, Kasha Var­nishkes, Rugelach, and more. Plus, there is a spe­cial chap­ter devot­ed to clas­sic dish­es for the Jew­ish hol­i­days (Latkes, Charoset, Gefilte Fish, Knish­es, Tzimmes, Chal­lah, and oth­ers) that you can use to pre­pare, host, or bring food to a gath­er­ing. All pro­ceeds from the sale of this book go to the Auschwitz-Birke­nau Memo­r­i­al Foundation.

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