The New Jewish Table explores the melding of two different cooking cultures, seasonal American and Eastern-European Jewish, sharing the mouth-watering recipes that result from this flavorful union from authors, chef Todd Gray and h......more
The New Jewish Table explores the melding of two different cooking cultures, seasonal American and Eastern-European Jewish, sharing the mouth-watering recipes that result from this flavorful union from authors, chef Todd Gray and his wife Ellen Kassoff Gray. More than a love story about what one can do with fresh ingredients, Todd and Ellen talk about the food they grew up with, their life together, and how rewarding the sharing of two people’s traditions—and meals—can be. When Chef Todd married his wife, Ellen, who is Jewish, their union brought about his initiation into the world of Jewish cooking. In 1999, Todd combined his love for farm-to-table ingredients with his passion for Jewish cuisine, opening the acclaimed Equinox Restaurant in Washington, D.C.
With more than 125 recipes including reinterpretations of traditional Jewish favorites made with fresh, seasonal ingredients, from Yukon Gold and Sweet Potato Latkes, Ellen's Falafel with Pickled Vegetables and Minted Lemon Yogurt, and Roasted Heirloom Beets with Capers and Pistachios, to Matzo-Stuffed Cornish Game Hens, Fig and Port Wine Blintzes, and Chocolate Hazelnut Rugelach, there are recipes for every occasion that the entire family will enjoy.
TODD GRAY is a five-time James Beard Award nominee. He graduated with honors from the Culinary Institute of America and has cooked with some of the nation's top chefs at premier restaurants, including The French Laundry, Daniel, and Roberto Donna's Galileo. He met his wife Ellen while on the job as a sous-chef at Galileo. Todd and Ellen co-own and operate Equinox, Muse at the Corcoran Gallery, and Hamill Gray Catering, all in Washington, D.C. Todd is also the culinary director for Salamander Hotels and Resorts and The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.
ELLEN KASSOFF GRAY is a native Washingtonian and award-winning General Manager for all their operations. She is a member of Les Dames d'Escoffier and, among other honors, has received the Women Chefs and Restaurateurs Golden Fork Award for Front-of-the-House Excellence.
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