The Complete Guide to Traditional Jewish Cooking

I have a lot of cookery books – I’m something of a collector! I have many Jewish and a couple of Israeli cookery books. But when we were at the library yesterday, this book caught my eye because, although I recognised the name of the author – Marlena Spieler – I don’t have this particular volume

The Complete Guide to Traditional Jewish Cooking – An extraordinary culinary encyclopedia with 400 recipes and 1400 photographs celebrating Jewish cooking through the ages, including influential cuisines and dishes inspired by Jewish foods, featuring dishes from Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Morocco, Egypt, Iran, Israel, the Middle East, India, the United States and Latin America.

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It really is a beautiful big book, what you might call a ‘coffee table book’, with mouth-watering photographs – not only of every recipe, but often with several photographs of different stages of the recipes. There are also 30 pages of culinary history detailing the different influences on Jewish cuisines around the world and how food relates to and is interwoven with Jewish life and identity.

This book will definitely be added to my wish list, and I will certainly endeavour to try out some of the recipes before I have to return it to the library.

Which are your favourite recipe books? Which do you use most? Who are your favourite culinary authors? I would love to hear from you.

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