A former senior editor at Hadassah Magazine, Joan Michel writes a regular food column for The New York Jewish Week. She’s worked on The Better Homes and Gardens series, “Good Home Cooking,” and the Time-Life series, “Great Meals in Minutes,” and numerous other cookbooks such as Cucina Hebraica, Good Enough to Eat, and The Woman’s Day Cookbook.
Whether it’s a holiday, or Shabbat dinner, “What’s on the menu?” is on everybody’s mind. Ranging from the classic Ashkenazic Chicken Fricassee to the definitive Sephardic Chicken Marrakesh, The Hadassah Jewish Holiday Cookbook includes the best of the best traditional recipes from the celebrated cooks of Hadassah, the Jewish women’s volunteer organization. In a culinary celebration of tradition, history, dedication, and faith, the more than 250 holiday recipes from great cooks in America and Israel present traditional favorites as well as modern twists on classic dishes. Readers will find nostalgic must-haves—from chicken soup to borscht and kreplach to kishka—along with favorite dishes updated for modern palates. This feast for the eyes and tastebuds is accompanied by the splendid writing of award-winning Jewish authors who offer their historical insights, sage advice, personal reminiscences, and engaging commentaries. Contributor include Susan R. Friedland, Edda Servi Machlin, Joan Nathan, Steven Raichlen, Claudia Roden, and Rabbi Robert Sternberg. History, passion, and tradition—and love—are the essential ingredients to what may become the definitive guide to Jewish holiday cooking.