Jewish traditional foods often have symbolic meanings that few Jews are aware of. A Passover matzo is a taste of Egyptian slavery. The Hanukah latke reminds us of the little jug of oil that burned, miraculously, for eight nights. Noshing hamantashen at Purim, we remember the villain Haman, and his thwarted plan to destroy the Jews.
Even more than in the synagogue, Jewish life takes place around the dining table. Jewish sages compare the dining table to an altar, and that isn't an exaggeration. Jewish meals - not only on the Shabbat and holidays, but even weekday suppers - are ceremonies and celebrations that forge a pathway between body and soul.
In this unique cookbook, Carol Ungar links the cultural and religious symbolism of Jewish foods to more than one hundred recipes drawn from Jewish cultures and traditions around the world. She offers easy-to-follow recipes for Shabbat meals and all the Jewish holidays, from Rosh Hashanah to the Nine Days and Tisha B'Av, along with fascinating briefs on how many Jewish foods - challah, kreplach, farfel, lentil soup, and more - express core Jewish beliefs.
With ingredients that can be found in any supermarket, and recipes adapted for the time- and health-conscious cook, this volume is for anyone who wishes to flavor Shabbat and holiday meals with Jewish soul.
Publisher: University Press of New England
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 298 g
Dimensions: 176 x 144 x 17 mm
"Even if you have cooked kosher all your life, no doubt you will find some interesting and tempting dishes that you have never tasted before." * Jewish Connection *
Jewish Soul Food: Traditional Fare and What It Means by Carol Ungar is not another "coffee-table" cookbook, almost too beautiful to risk staining in the kitchen. This is a slim paperback with a mission: To showcase the deep link between Jewish foods and Jewish beliefs. For example, she explains that Majadarah is eaten before Tisha B'Av because lentils are closed spheres without an opening or a mouth, just like mourners. She also gives detailed instructions on how to fashion almost two dozen spectacular challahs." * The Jewish Voice and Opinion *
"[Ungar] combines her writing with spirituality and authentic tradition, and adds those to the recipes." * Jewish Standard *