Eat something A Wise Sons cookbook : for Jews who like food and food lovers who like Jews

Evan Bloom

Book - 2020

"Here is a cookbook for Jews who like food and food lovers who like Jews. From nationally recognized Jewish deli and Bay Area favorite, Wise Sons, this cookbook presents over 50 recipes for salads, soups, baked goods, holiday dishes, and more from their beloved restaurants. Recipes are organized into 20 occasions that chronicle a Jewish life in food-from Shabbat and Mitzvah Moments, to J-Dating and Dinner with the Goyim In-Laws. Interspersed throughout are smart and funny short essays, line drawings, and photography of plated dishes and traditional memorabilia. Packed with homey recipes and relatable humor, this is as much a delicious, lighthearted, and nostalgic cookbook as it is a lively celebration of Jewish culture"--

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San Francisco : Chronicle Books [2020]
Main Author
Evan Bloom (author)
Other Authors
Rachel Levin (author), George McCalman (illustrator), Maren Caruso (photographer)
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
240 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Contents unavailable.
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Bloom, owner of San Francisco's Wise Sons delicatessen, provides the recipes and food journalist Levin offers commentary, reportage, and memoir in this lighthearted and memorable schlep across the major life stages of the modern Jew. From pastrami breakfast tacos for a bris to the requisite rugelach when sitting shiva, the eats and the events are numerous and filling. Latkes for Hanukkah include a kimchi variation, while a less-than-kosher but satisfying Big Macher burger blends pastrami and ground beef and is topped with American cheese for a comfort meal before heading to summer camp. Come adulthood, there is Romanian skirt steak for a wedding party, and chocolate babka when pregnancy cravings hit. Sick days require the all-important chicken soup, here flavored with vegetables that are first roasted for richness. Visually, the book is a mishegoss of loud colors and font choices, with ironic family photos scattered throughout. The essence of Levin's colorful personal narratives can be boiled down to one memorable quote: "Every Jewish mother mourns the day her child leaves her dinner table." Rich traditions, plated with a touch of schmaltz, make this a fun and satisfying cookbook. (Mar.)

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