The Rosh Hashanah Recipe

Lau­ra Gehl; Olga and Alek­sey Ivanov, illus.

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By – September 19, 2022

Ruby and her fam­i­ly take a trip to an orchard to pick as many apples as they can before Rosh Hashanah. The har­vest is abun­dant; they return home with more apples than they expect­ed. They are not sure what to do with so many until Ruby sug­gests that each fam­i­ly mem­ber cre­ate a new recipe so that they can stage a mock – cook­ing show. Thus Cook­ing with Cousins” is inaugurated.

The trip, the cook­ing, and the sub­se­quent fun with fam­i­ly are pre­ludes to a love­ly and mean­ing­ful Rosh Hashanah cel­e­bra­tion with Bubbe and Zayde, which includes syn­a­gogue atten­dance and a fes­tive meal.

The vibrant illus­tra­tions cel­e­brate mul­ti­cul­tur­al fam­i­ly mem­bers, and the book as a whole pro­vides a pleas­ant intro­duc­tion to the hol­i­day, cen­tered pri­mar­i­ly on fam­i­ly closeness.

An end­note teach­es more about the hol­i­day and cus­toms of Rosh Hashanah. Bet­ter yet, a recipe for Ruby’s Sweet Apple Piz­za” is included.

Michal Hoschan­der Malen is the edi­tor of Jew­ish Book Coun­cil’s young adult and children’s book reviews. A for­mer librar­i­an, she has lec­tured on top­ics relat­ing to lit­er­a­cy, run book clubs, and loves to read aloud to her grandchildren.

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