The Midwest Book Review, November 2015

The Cookbook Shelf

Shabbat, also known as Shabbos, is Judaism’s day of rest and seventh day of the week, on which religious Jews remember the Biblical creation of the heavens and the earth in six days and the Exodus of the Hebrews, and look forward to a future Messianic Age. An integral part of Shabbos is the family meal. “Celebrate: Food, Family, Shabbos” by Elizabeth Kurtz is a beautifully illustrated, 352 page culinary compendium showcasing ‘kitchen cook friendly’ kosher dishes appropriate for the weekly Shabbos observance and celebration. The recipes range from Pan-Seared Duck Breast with Fig-Shallot Marmalade; Velvety Corn Soup; Roasted Chicken with Shiitake Mushrooms and Artichokes; and Root Bear Braised Beef Ribs; to Acorn Squash Stuffed with Jeweled Israeli Couscous; Chocolate Caramel Pecan Pie; Pearl Barley Salad with Roasted peppers, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, and Olives; and Red Velvet and Cream Cheese Brownies. A pure pleasure to browse through and inspiring to plan menus with, “Celebrate: Food, Family, Shabbos” is very highly recommended for personal, family, professional, and community library cookbook collections.

Jim Cox
Midwest Book Review

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