52 Shabbats: Friday Night Dinners Inspired by a Global Jewish Kitchen

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In Jewish homes, Shabbat, the Saturday sabbath, is enjoyed traditionally with a Friday evening family dinner allowing time to relax together. Faith Kramer’s preface in 52 Shabbats guides readers to an almost bewitching selection of mouth-watering recipes. The pages reveal a year’s worth of familiar and exotic main dishes copied or adapted from countries where the Jewish cooks are respected and loved, countries as far apart as China and Yemen, India, Mexico, and Ethiopia.

Although the book does not neglect mainstays, there are bold surprises like pulled turkey with pomegranate molasses and gefilte fish with smashed tomato topping. In some choices, supermarket shelves do not offer all the listed ingredients that can be tracked down often in specialty stores or online. Kramer is commendably down to earth and unpretentious suggesting substitute replacements, quick fixes, frozen, ready-made, or partially ready-made options, whatever seem practical.

Entrees are complemented with a side dish such as tamarind okra or Iraqi-Israeli vegetable pickles. Her desserts include Turkish coconut pudding and fresh fruit sorbet to round out the meal.
||In deference to novice cooks she adds functional details so the kitchen is not alien but food and dining are for pleasure, not intimidation or reverence.

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Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 232 pages
Publisher The Collective Book Studio
Publish Date 14-Dec-2021
ISBN 9781951412180
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Issue February 2022
Category Cooking, Food & Wine