Jew-ish Cookbook Review

Jew-ish Cookbook Review

Title: Jew-ish: A Cookbook: Reinvented Recipes from a Modern Mensch
Author: Jake Cohen
Published: March 9, 2021, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
No. of Pages: 272
Cover Price: $30.00 Hardcover, $16.99 Kindle

Jake Cohen has plenty of experience in the food world, and his skills are very evident in his cookbook, Jew-ish: A Cookbook: Reinvented Recipes from a Modern Mensch. This is not your standard Jewish cookbook; rather it has innovative recipes and twists on traditional Jewish cooking. Cohen even uses non-kosher ingredients in some of his dishes (one being his Challah Croque Monsieur which calls for ham in which he says, “I’m sorry”). There are several recipes with Persian nuances, as well as other Middle Eastern dishes, and traditional Jewish dishes, such as brisket and cholent with mouthwatering adaptations.

The photographs in this cookbook are excellent, especially where Cohen shows step-by-step instructions on braiding challah and shaping babka. He also adds several different fillings for babka from savory to sweet. The babka recipe is fabulously light and buttery (I adapted it to my automatic bread machine). The recipes are easy to follow and the instructions are written in a simple and concise manner. Anyone, from beginner to advanced can make these dishes and they will turn out picture-perfect. The cookbook includes everything: appetizers, soups, salads, main dishes, side dishes, and even desserts. The recipes are such that regular people will want to make them and will be able to, since the ingredients are easy to find and the recipes will appeal to almost everyone.

The prose in this cookbook is fun to read and very well done. This is not just a Jewish cookbook; it is stories, vignettes, and great food. The cookbook is even quite entertaining. My queue for preparing dishes from this book grows every time I pick it up. This cookbook will make a nice addition to any cookbook collection.

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

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