A new cookbook from the best-selling and award-winning author that uses recipes to look back at her life and family history—and at her personal journey discovering Jewish cuisine from around the world
"There is no greater authority on Jewish cooking than Joan Nathan." —Michael Solomonov, James Beard award-winning chef and author of Zahav
Before hummus was available in every grocery store—before shakshuka was a dish on every brunch menu—Joan Nathan taught home cooks how and why they should make these now-beloved staples themselves. Here, in her most personal book yet, the beloved authority on global Jewish cuisine uses recipes looks back at her own family’s history— their arrival in America from Germany; her childhood in postwar New York and Rhode Island; her years in Paris, New York, Israel, and Washington, DC. Nathan shares her story—of marriage, motherhood, and a career as a food writer; of a life well-lived and centered around meals—and she punctuates it with all the foods she has come to love.
With over 100 recipes from roast chicken to rugelach, from matzoh ball soup to challah and brisket, here are updated versions of her favorites. But here too are new favorites: Salmon with Preserved Lemon and Za’atar; Fragrant Spiced Chicken with Rice, Eggplant, Peppers, and Zucchini; Mahammar (a Syrian pepper, pomegranate and walnut dip); Moroccan Chicken with Almonds, Cinnamon and Couscous; Joan’s version of the perfect Black and White Cookies.
This is a treasury of recipes and stories—and an invitation to a seat at Nathan's table.
JOAN NATHAN is a frequent contributor to The New York Times and other publications. She is the author of twelve books, including Jewish Cooking in America and The New American Cooking, both of which won James Beard Awards and IACP Awards.
"Part travelogue, part cookbook, and part family history, the latest cookbook from award-winning Nathan (King Solomon’s Table
) brings readers on a journey steeped in tradition, culture, history, and, most importantly, memorable meals. Nathan is both a well-traveled and a well-read chef, and this selection of recipes draws on her numerous international expeditions, research into vintage cookbooks and historical documents, and access to her family’s own intergenerational collection of recipes. Those well-versed in Ashkenazi Jewish cooking will find new recipes for a bevy of beloved standbys such as savory noodle kugel, whitefish salad, and brisket. Additionally, Nathan includes less universal, yet nonetheless appealing, offerings such as “hippie” molasses muffins and Ann Arbor schnecken. Peppered with diary entries, personal letters, and family photos, the book serves as a retrospective of Nathan’s impressive and sprawling culinary career. . . . A sure hit" --Ingrid Conley-Abrams, Library Journal