Cookbooks for Jewish Families

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The Children's Jewish Holiday Kitchen

By Joan Nathan
Seventy child-friendly recipes and cooking activities from around the world will draw the entire family into the spirit and fun of preparing Jewish holiday celebrations. Covering the ten major holidays, each of the activities has a different focus--such as Eastern Europe, biblical Israel, contemporary America--and together they present a vast array of foods, flavors, and ideas.

The recipes are old and new, traditional and novel--everything from hamantashen to pretzel bagels, chicken soup with matzah balls to matzah pizza, fruit kugel to Persian pomegranate punch.

Description from Publisher

Revised from the 1987 edition, The Children's Jewish Holiday Kitchen covers Jewish holidays throughout the year. Nathan, author of the acclaimed Jewish Cooking in America and an authority on the subject, provides both recipes and ideas for crafts to make with children, as well as religious background on each holiday for teaching them about their heritage. This edition features 20 new recipes and a more inviting format, with 30 new illustrations. Timely and recommended for most collections.

Description from Library Journal


The author of Jewish Cooking in America has created this wonderful cookbook geared towards the youngest chefs. Beginning with a brief description of the rules of kashrut, the cookbook delves into menus for the major holidays to the minor festivals. Each chapter begins with a brief description of the holiday and why particular foods are associated with it. She then gives sample menus with several classic recipes to choose from. She also includes several recipes to help showcase a child's creative side, such as "gingerbread dreidels", "candle cupcakes", and "pretzel bagels". Recipes are simply written and have particular roles assigned to parents and children. A must-have for any budding Jewish chef!

Lori's Description

Chocolate Chip Challah and Other Twists on the Jewish Holiday Table :
An Interactive Family Cookbook


By Lisa Rauchwerger
What's for dinner tonight? Artist, author, and cook Lisa Rauchwerger serves up mouthwatering meals and memories in her delightful cookbook. Using the Jewish calendar as a framework, both parent and child can prepare tasty treats all year long. With Aunt Ada's Challah (with a twist) on Shabbat, Multicultural Charoset on Pesach, and Sugar Moon Cookies on Rosh Chodesh, families will be sure to find new, meaningful ways to celebrate the Jewish holidays. Each easy-to-follow recipe is designed for children ages 5-11, their families, and their teachers.
  • Over 40 twists on traditional Jewish recipes.
  • Activity pages to involve children for each holiday.
  • Fun, full-color illustrations and information for each Jewish holiday.
  • An introduction to the Jewish calendar.
  • Easy-to-use format for adults and children.


Description from Publisher


Lisa Rauchwerger has created more than just another cookbook. She has created a resource for children to understand the connection between food and all the major (and minor) Jewish holidays. For each holiday, beginning with Shabbat and Rosh Hashanah and ending with Tisha B'Av and Rosh Chodesh, she includes a brief description of the holiday, two to five recipes, and trivia about each holiday. She also includes space for children to write their own thoughts about each holiday. The recipes themselves are variations on traditional holiday foods, such as "Rock-a-My Sole", "Woman in the Moon Cookies", and the title recipe "Chocolate Chip Challah". An excellent find for children (and moms and dads too)!

Lori's Description

Chocolate Chip Challah Activity Book:

Book 1: Shabbat & Fall Holidays



Book 2: Winter, Springs & Summer Holidays Also Available
What do you do while your chocolate chip challah is baking in the oven? Flip through the pages of the Chocolate Chip Challah Activity Books--that’s what! These activity books for children in primary grades and their families are chock full of information about the Jewish holidays. In each one, you will meet the smiling veggies from our best selling cookbook The Chocolate Chip Challah as they guide the reader through fun-filled activities, puzzles, games, and more! Organized by holiday, each book focuses on related vocabulary, art activities, and ways to make the holidays more meaningful in your family or classroom.

Description from Publisher

Matzah Meals: A Passover Cookbook for Kids

By Judy Tabs and Barbara Steinberg
This simple cookbook includes lots of great recipes for the young Passover cook. You'll also find instructions for preparing the seder and craft ideas for decorating the seder table.

Description from Publisher


These 70 recipes follow the Passover dietary laws, and each recipe is clearly labeled as to whether it is meat, dairy or parve (may be used as both). There are three ranges of difficulty, and plentiful safety notes are included. There is a brief retelling of the story of Passover, and the traditional foods served at a Seder are explained. A recipe for matzah cautions that home-baked matzah is not always considered Kosher. Many of the recipes are appropriate for making throughout the year. There is also a section of international meals: matzah pizza, tostados, matzah egg foo young. Line drawings add a humorous note, and the pun of the title and the cover design are added chuckles.

Description from School Library Journal

Tasty Bible Stories: A Menu of Tales & Matching Recipes

By Tami Lehman-Wilzig
Enjoy food fit for the kings and queens of Israel with an innovative mix of Bible stories related to food and the recipes they inspire-from Adam and Eve's apples, to Noah's grapes and Queen Esther's feast.

Description from Publisher

Mark Stark's Amazing Jewish Cookbook
Mark Stark's Amazing Jewish Cookbook is a delightful Jewish cookbook for the entire family. This hand-drawn volume includes recipes for traditional Jewish foods such as bagels, chicken soup and matzah balls, as well as holiday treats like potato latkes and Passover sponge cake. Each recipe in this user-friendly volume shows the ingredients, tools, and steps involved in preparing the dish. Recipes are arranged by Jewish holiday, with valuable supplementary material about the celebrations and their customs. All recipes adhere to kashrut, the religious and dietary laws of the Jewish people.

For those who want to discover the fun of creative Jewish cooking, as well as the pride of accomplishment when they make something others enjoy, this book is a must.

Description from Publisher

A Kid's Kosher Cooking Cruise
This is a Kosher cookbook with a twist. Not only is it for eight- to twelve-year-olds, but it also tells a story. Hannah and Hershel go on a boat trip up the Mississippi River with their grandmother; the reader visits each port with them. In this way, history and geography are taught along with how to cook! The trip starts in New Orleans and continues to Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Natchez and Vicksburg, Mississippi; Little Rock, Arkansas; Memphis, Tennessee; and Hannibal, Missouri. After each stop, the chef on board the ship teaches a cooking class that features dishes with local themes.

Children will enjoy making the fun treats, including Paddlewheel Fish Balls, Capitol Chicken, Natchez Nosh, Soldier's Salad, Quapaw Pizza, Graceland Green Bean Casserole, and Mark Twain's Cave Cookies.

Description from Publisher


This cookbook features a rather unique combination: Kosher Southern recipes for children. The recipes are tied together by the story of Hannah and Hershel's tour up the Mississippi River on the "Simcha Ship". Recipes are ranked one star (easiest) to three stars (adult assistance needed) and dairy/meat/pareve. A handful of the recipes are a bit ordinary ("Baked Potatoes on the Bluff" are simply baked potatoes with margarine), but most recipes have a delicious Southern-Jewish flair ("Paddlewheel fish balls", "Ben Yeahs", "Plantation Potato Salad", and "Thunder Alley Tomatoes") An excellent choice for Southern and Northern kids alike!

Lori's Description



By Amy Wilson Sanger

(Board Book)
The third book in our World Snacks series will satisfy hungry minds with its introduction to the comfiest of Jewish foods. Pages burst with bagels, knishes, tsimmes, and latkes—and lots and lots of matzoh. There’s even… a scoop of noodle kugel in my fancy-schmancy bowl next to fruit-filled hamentaschen and some nutty rugelach rolls.

Filled with tasty mixed media and cut-paper collages, Let’s Nosh! will have bubelahs large and small coming back for seconds.

Perfect gift for any Jewish holiday and appropriate for kosher households

Description from Publisher


This board book features a vast array delectable Jewish foods. Lyrical rhymes make this a delightful choice for read-alound sharing. The book features bright photographs and cut-paper collages that will have children ready for some more. Children that are not familiar with Jewish food may need some assistance from an adult reader; there is a glossary on the back cover to explain the foods and Yiddish terms in more detail. A good choice for toddlers and preschoolers.

Lori's Description

The Children's Jewish Holiday Kitchen :
Seventy Ways to Have Fun With Your Kids and Make Your Family's Celebrations Special
There could be no more festive way to introduce children to their Jewish heritage than through the food associated with the holidays. Here are 70 child-centered recipes and cooking activities from around the world that will draw the entire family into the spirit and fun of preparing Jewish holiday celebrations. Covering the ten major holidays, each of the activities has a different focus - such as Eastern Europe biblical Israel, contemporary America - and together they present a vast array of foods, flavors, and ideas. The recipes are old and new, traditional and novel - everything from hamantashen to pretzel bagels, chicken soup with matzah balls to matzah pizza, cheese blintzes to vegetarian chopped liver, hallah to halvah, fruit kugel to Persian pomegranate punch. Enhanced with more than forty color illustrations by Brooke Scudder, The Children's Jewish Holiday Kitchen is itself a recipe for family fun.

Description from Publisher

Like many Jewish cookbooks for grown-ups, this is arranged by holiday and has recipes for expected celebrations; it also contains recipes for holidays not routinely included in cookery roundups, for example, Tu B'Shevat. The presentation of the directions is also unusual. Rather than being listed step-by-step, they are organized into age-appropriate tasks--work for a child, for a child with adult help, for an adult.

Description from Booklist

Zap It! A Microwave Cookbook Just for Kids

(Kosher Edition)

By Tamar Peterseil
Full color kosher microwave cookbook with recipes that children ages 8 and above will find fun to do. Many creative ideas. Introduction on how to use a microwave.

Description from Publisher

A Hanukkah Holiday Cookbook

By Emily Raabe
Hanukkah is a time of feasting and celebration for Jews around the world. In this book, kids find out the story behind the Jewish festival of lights while learning how to make Star of David cookies, potato latkes, and other Hanukkah treats. The clear, step-by-step instructions make the recipes a snap for kids to prepare.

Description from Publisher

A Passover Holiday Cookbook

By Emily Raabe
Passover is a time when Jews around the world remember their ancestors' escape from slavery. In this richly illustrated book, kids learn about Moses' parting of the Red Sea, the history behind matzo, and other traditions associated with this holiday. Recipes for matzo brie, sweet potato kugel, and other treats help kids experience the wonders of Passover firsthand.

Description from Publisher

Beni's Family Cookbook for the Jewish Holidays
Although recognized for her picture books, Zalben is obviously familiar with traditional Jewish dishes, having included recipes in a few of her stories about Beni the bear and his Jewish family. In fact, along with a wealth of new recipes (and artwork), she reruns a few of the old ones here, with some of the intricate original pictures. Like many Jewish cookbooks, this one is arranged around the Jewish holiday calendar, with Zalben contributing a brief introduction to each celebration and lively recipe headnotes that will have adults chortling. Certainly the pictures will attract youngsters, especially those who love Beni, and the format is indeed attractive, with lots of white space and extraordinary visual charm. But though the recipes--from knishes to kugel, brisket to bagels--are presented in clear, step-by-step form, they aren't simple or explicit enough for children to handle alone. This is really a cookbook for family sharing: a grown-up chef needs to be in charge, but, as in Beni's home kitchen, there's plenty of opportunity for little hands to help.

Description from Booklist

It's Challah Time

By Latifa Berry Kropf
A preschool class demonstrates the steps of challah-making-a special ritual of Shabbat.

Description from Publisher

Israel
(Food and Festivals Series)

By Ronne Randall
Describes how different kinds of food common in various regions of Israel are grown and prepared and the part foods play during Passover, Rosh Hashanah, Hanukkah, and a Bar Mitzvah. Includes recipes.

Description from Publisher

Cooking the Israeli Way

By Josephine Bacon
An introduction to the cooking of Israel including such traditional recipes as cheese blintzes, turkey schnitzel, felafel in pita, and poppyseed cake. Also includes information on the geography, customs, and people of the Middle Eastern country.

Description from Publisher

One for Each Night: Chanukah Tales and Recipes

By Marilyn Kallet
A book for families to celebrate Chanukah. The book contains eight fascinating tales - one for each night of Chanukah and ten delicious recipes.

Welcoming the Sabbath:
Creative Projects, Rituals, and Recipes for Kids
Includes:
  • Preparing for Shabbat
  • Lighting Candles & Family Blessing
  • Shabbat Meditation
  • Havdalah
  • Family Projects
  • Organize a Shabbat Picnic
  • Take a Creation Walk
  • Go-Filte-Fish: A Card Game
  • Family Tikkun Olam Project
  • Make a Challah Cover
  • Twelve Tribes Cups
  • Make a Shabbat Mural
  • Mezuzah Growth Chart
  • Challah Recipe
  • Tabbuleh
  • Bubbe's Mandelbroit
And More!

The Kids' Kosher Cookbook

By Miriam Zakon
Super-simple recipes for beginners. Includes important information on kashrus and kitchen safety. With exciting color graphics.

Description from Publisher

Matzah Meals :
A Passover Cookbook for Kids

By Judy Tabs and Barbara Steinberg
These 70 recipes follow the Passover dietary laws, and each recipe is clearly labeled as to whether it is meat, dairy or parve (may be used as both). There are three ranges of difficulty, and plentiful safety notes are included. There is a brief retelling of the story of Passover, and the traditional foods served at a Seder are explained. A recipe for matzah cautions that home-baked matzah is not always considered Kosher. Many of the recipes are appropriate for making throughout the year. There is also a section of international meals: matzah pizza, tostados, matzah egg foo young. Line drawings add a humorous note, and the pun of the title and the cover design are added chuckles.

Description from School Library Journal




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