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The Hadassah Jewish Holiday Cookbook: Traditional Recipes from Contemporary Kosher Kitchens

Shavuot – A Dairy Good Holiday!

Shavuot is a two-day festival that celebrates the giving of the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai. Before the revelation at Mount Sinai, the Bible describes Shavuot as an agricultural festival, a feast of the summer wheat harvest, as well as a feast of the first fruits. This was the start of the agricultural cycle that ends with Sukkot, the final harvest of the year.

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The Passionate Vegetarian

Review by Norene Gilletz

Comforting Vegetarian Dishes

When I first saw Crescent Dragonwagon’s cookbook The Passionate Vegetarian, (Workman Publishing, $39.95 Cdn) I knew I had to own a copy!

Ten years in the making and more than 1,000 pages long, this bountiful book is beautifully written, packed with over 1,000 fabulous, meatless recipes that will intrigue you and tempt you, whether or not you are vegetarian. This is a cookbook that will make you want to stay home and cook! If you don’t cook, then take it to bed with you.


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Adventures in Jewish Cooking

Book Review by Norene Gilletz

If you are you tired of the same old brisket and kugel, you will be inspired by Jeffrey Nathan’s innovative, passionate approach to kosher cooking in Adventures in Jewish Cooking. This is Nathan’s first cookbook, with over 150 contemporary, creative recipes, clearly labeled as dairy, meat or pareve, plus substitutions to adjust recipes for a meat or dairy meal.

Inspired by Jewish cuisines from around the globe plus a diverse palette of other ethnic flavours, Jeff Nathan captures the spirit of Jewish cooking while exploring a whole world of sophisticated flavours. His recipes observe the laws of Kashruth, while setting a new standard for kosher cuisine with his inventive dishes and outstanding presentations.

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Weber’s Big Book of Grilling

Book Review by Norene Gilletz

If you want to be a grilling guru, check out Weber’s Big Book of Grilling. You’ll master smoke cooking, grilling safety and indirect cooking (arranging the fire on either side of the food to roast it instead of broil it). This is not a Kosher book, but many recipes can be easily adapted. You’ll be tempted by Slow-Smoked Prime Rib, Oak-Grilled Salmon and Chocolate Cake on the Grill!

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Passover Cookery

Book Review by Norene Gilletz
Excerpted from The Canadian Jewish News, April 2001

Joan Kekst’s Passover Cookery contains an excellent collection of traditional and contemporary recipes, with many low-fat, low-cholesterol dishes, Passover substitutions, plus color photos. She offers a valuable six week countdown to Passover and explanations of its customs and symbolic foods.

Did you know that the custom of using a white tablecloth represents the desert sands the Jews wandered for 40 years? Miriam’s Cup of water recalls how the prophetess led the women to rejoice after crossing the Sea.

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