Jew-ish Reinvented recipes from a modern mensch : a cookbook

Jake Cohen, 1993-

Book - 2021

"100 updated classic and all-new Jewish-style recipes from a bright new star in the food community"--

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Subjects
Genres
Cookbooks
Published
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2021.
Language
English
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
xvii, 251 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN
9780358353980
035835398X
Main Author
Jake Cohen, 1993- (author)
  • Introduction
  • My pantry
  • Breakfast
  • Apps + snacks
  • Salads
  • Vegetables
  • Carbs
  • Soups + stews
  • Mains
  • Desserts
  • Drinks
  • High holidays of our lives. Rosh Hashanah ; Yom Kippur break-fast ; Hannukkah ; Passover.
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Cohen, a self-described mensch and foodie, knows how to attract a crowd, whether of the Jewish faith or just visiting. The ish refers to those who might not be super-observant or even folks of different religious persuasions who share a desire to enjoy classics like knish-wrapped pigs in a blanket, roasted garlic hummus, or short-rib cholent with a twist. Home chefs and casual readers alike will be entranced immediately by his description of Friday night observances (aka Shabbat), designed as an evening of both gratitude and relaxation. How to make a challah? Cohen's step-by-step instructions for braiding dough are clear. Is there a difference in bought versus made-from-scratch pantry items? Try his schmaltz (rendered chicken fat) or bagel chips to decide for yourself. Alongside the 100-plus recipes, like roasted chicken matzo-ball soup and kugel and cheese, Cohen peppers the very personal narrative with his take on entertaining (work with the spaces you've got; you don't have to do it alone), menus for holidays like Hanukkah and Rosh Hashanah, and even instructions on spatchcocking a chicken, which is, thankfully, not as hard as it sounds. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Food writer Cohen, Editorial and Test Kitchen Director at Feedfeed, presents an inviting introduction to modern Jewish cuisine as it has adapted over the years. Beginning with what it means to be Jew-ish, Cohen brings a conversational approach to his stories and recipes, offering enough history so that a non-Jewish cook can understand the importance of the recipes, while also taking care to make sure that each meal is accessible to the Jewish person looking to extend some of their own traditions. With personality and humor, Cohen describes everything from his obsession with babka to his love language of carbs. This deep appreciation of food translates when guiding home cooks to re-create meals such as One-Pot Persian-Ish Pasta or Spice Herb-Roasted Mushrooms. A chapter on kugel is a highlight, featuring plenty of options for making kugel-based dishes within a limited amount of time, as is a section on babka, with chocolate-tahini and pumpkin spice fillings, among others. VERDICT This fun collection will appeal to all home cooks looking for creative takes on modern cuisine with a Jew-ish flair, and anyone with a sense of humor.—Dawn Lowe-Wincentsen, Oregon Inst. of Technology, Portland Copyright 2021 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Cohen, a carb-loving secular Jew with a passion for whipping up Sabbath dinners, shares traditional recipes with numerous variations in his chatty and inventive debut. Drawing from Ashkenazi as well as Persian and Iraqi culinary traditions, the author sets an unorthodox table. Eye-opening creations include pastrami biscuits and gravy, as well as salted honey chopped liver. Russian nachos decode as potato chips topped with caviar and crème fraîche. Even schmaltz finds a new twist, seasoned here with thyme, sage, and lemon zest. Cohen's noodle game is strong, scoring with three types of kugel. Chicken, of course, is ubiquitous, turning up in everything from soy-glazed chicken salad to Persian chicken and celery stew. And for dessert, what else but matzo tiramisu? Cohen shares a smart take on the importance of brisket recipes, which are "a vessel of family pride and tradition," and a succinct history of cholent (a "Jewish mash-up of baked beans and beef-barley soup"), but the writing overall is a love it or leave it proposition, with sometimes groan-worthy jokes (the matzo ball soup recipe is a minefield of low humor) and a tone that will either inspire or grate. Home cooks who can roll with Cohen's banter will find much to kvell about. (Mar.) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"100 updated classic and all-new Jewish-style recipes from a bright new star in the food community"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A New York Times bestseller! 100 updated classic and all-new Jewish-style recipes from a bright new star in the food community.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A New York Times bestseller! 100 updated classic and all-new Jewish-style recipes from a bright new star in the food community.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

A New York Times bestseller!A brilliantly modern take on Jewish culinary traditions for a new generation of readers, from a bright new star in the culinary world.When you think of Jewish food, a few classics come to mind: chicken soup with matzo balls, challah, maybe a babka if you're feeling adventurous. But as food writer and nice Jewish boy Jake Cohen demonstrates in this stunning debut cookbook, Jewish food can be so much more.  In Jew-ish, he reinvents the food of his Ashkenazi heritage and draws inspiration from his husband's Persian-Iraqi traditions to offer recipes that are modern, fresh, and enticing for a whole new generation of readers. Imagine the components of an everything bagel wrapped into a flaky galette latkes dyed vibrant yellow with saffron for a Persian spin on the potato pancake, best-ever hybrid desserts like Macaroon Brownies and Pumpkin Spice Babka! Jew-ish features elevated, yet approachable classics along with innovative creations, such as: Jake's Perfect Challah Roasted Tomato Brisket Short Rib Cholent Iraqi Beet Kubbeh Soup Cacio e Pepe Rugelach Sabich Bagel Sandwiches, andMatzo Tiramisu. Jew-ish is a brilliant collection of delicious recipes, but it's much more than that. As Jake reconciles ancient traditions with our modern times, his recipes become a celebration of a rich and vibrant history, a love story of blending cultures, and an invitation to gather around the table and create new memories with family, friends, and loved ones. 

Review by Publisher Summary 5

A New York Times bestseller!A brilliantly modern take on Jewish culinary traditions for a new generation of readers, from a bright new star in the culinary world.When you think of Jewish food, a few classics come to mind: chicken soup with matzo balls, challah, maybe a babka if you’re feeling adventurous. But as food writer and nice Jewish boy Jake Cohen demonstrates in this stunning debut cookbook, Jewish food can be so much more.  In Jew-ish, he reinvents the food of his Ashkenazi heritage and draws inspiration from his husband’s Persian-Iraqi traditions to offer recipes that are modern, fresh, and enticing for a whole new generation of readers. Imagine the components of an everything bagel wrapped into a flaky galette latkes dyed vibrant yellow with saffron for a Persian spin on the potato pancake, best-ever hybrid desserts like Macaroon Brownies and Pumpkin Spice Babka! Jew-ish features elevated, yet approachable classics along with innovative creations, such as: Jake’s Perfect Challah Roasted Tomato Brisket Short Rib Cholent Iraqi Beet Kubbeh Soup Cacio e Pepe Rugelach Sabich Bagel Sandwiches, andMatzo Tiramisu. Jew-ish is a brilliant collection of delicious recipes, but it’s much more than that. As Jake reconciles ancient traditions with our modern times, his recipes become a celebration of a rich and vibrant history, a love story of blending cultures, and an invitation to gather around the table and create new memories with family, friends, and loved ones.