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Gabrielle Rossmer Gropman, Sonya Gropman, Megan Piontkowski (ILT), Nach Waxman (FRW)

The German-Jewish Cookbook: Recipes and History of a Cuisine


This cookbook features recipes for German-Jewish cuisine as it existed in Germany prior to World War II, and as refugees later adapted it in the United States and elsewhere. Because these dishes differ from more familiar Jewish food, they will be a discovery for many people. With a focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients, this indispensable collection of recipes includes numerous soups, both chilled and hot; vegetable dishes; meats, poultry, and fish; fruit desserts; cakes; and the German version of challah, Berches.

These elegant and mostly easy-to-make recipes range from light summery fare to hearty winter foods. The Gropmans have honored the original recipes, while updating their format to reflect contemporary standards of recipe writing. Six recipe chapters offer easy-to-follow instructions for weekday meals, Shabbos and holiday meals, sausage and cold cuts, vegetables, coffee and cake, and core recipes basic to the preparation of German-Jewish cuisine.

Some of these recipes come from friends and relatives of the authors; others have been culled from interviews, prewar German-Jewish cookbooks, nineteenth-century American cookbooks, community cookbooks, memoirs, or historical and archival material. The introduction explains the basics of Jewish diet (kosher law). The historical chapter that follows sets the stage by describing German-Jewish cuisine in Germany and then offering a look at life in the vibrant emigre community of Washington Heights in New York City in the 1940s and 1950s.

With more than fifty drawings and photographs that show the cooking process as well as the delicious final product, this cookbook will appeal to readers curious about ethnic cooking and how it has evolved, and to anyone interested in exploring delicious new recipes.

Format: Hardcover
Published: in USA in 2017
Publisher: Brandeis Univ
Pages: 260
Language: English
ISBN 13: 9781611688733
ISBN 10: 1611688736

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The German-Jewish Cookbook: Recipes and History of a Cuisine