Eat Something Cookbook Review

Eat Something Cookbook Review

Title: Eat Something: A Wise Sons Cookbook for Jews Who Like Food and Food Lovers Who Like Jews (Jewish Food Cookbook, Recipes for Jewish Holidays)
Author: Evan Bloom and Rachel Levin
Published: March 3, 2020, Chronicle Books
No. of Pages: 240
Cover Price: $29.40 Hardcover, $12.99 Kindle

Evan Bloom is the co-owner of Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen, and Rachel Levin is a freelance journalist; they have paired up to write a humorous Jewish cookbook, Eat Something: A Wise Sons Cookbook for Jews Who Like Food and Food Lovers Who Like Jews. According to authors Bloom and Levin, Jews are obsessed with food, and will find any excuse to celebrate and eat. This cookbook is their way of looking at Jewish holidays and celebrations, complete with recipes, stories, and vignettes, in a humorous way that will be entertaining for Jews and non-Jews. Non-Jews will find the information very informative, and Jews will find areas that help them laugh at themselves. Bloom says of his popular delicatessen, which is located in San Francisco, “at Wise Sons, every day is a day to devour Jewish food. And, well, for those of us who are Jewish, every day is a day to devour.”

The cookbook contains recipes for many of the well-known Jewish foods, including chopped liver, brisket, challah, latkes, and reuben sandwiches. There are chapters on important days in Jewish life, such as Hanukkah, Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Passover, and Shabbat, as well as Visiting the Grandparents in the Sunshine States, Sunday Night Take-out, and First Meal Home from College.

There are dozens of Jewish family photographs, many humorous, as well as a few photographs of the food. Also included are illustrations. While it’s fun to see family members in funny pictures, it would have been nice to see a few more photos of the food; after all, this is a cookbook, and non-Jews may want to know what the food they are preparing is supposed to look like.

While reading the book, readers will get a distinct feel for the Jewish culture, and the prose will take on the accent of Jews they have known. This book not only has good, doable recipes, but is also very entertaining. The recipes are easy-to-follow and turn out well.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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