Jewish Soul Food

Traditional Fare and What It Means

Carol Ungar

Jewish Soul Food

Carol Ungar

Distributed for Brandeis University Press

224 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Paper $27.95 ISBN: 9781611685015 Published May 2015
Jewish traditional foods often have symbolic meanings. A Passover matzo is a taste of Egyptian slavery. The Hanukkah latke reminds us of the little jug of oil that burned, miraculously, for eight nights. Noshing hamentaschen at Purim, we remember the villain Haman, and his thwarted plan to destroy the Jews. Even more than in the synagogue, Jewish life takes place around the dining table. Jewish sages compare the dining table to an altar, and that isn’t an exaggeration. Jewish meals are ceremonies and celebrations that forge a pathway between body and soul. In this unique cookbook, Carol Ungar links the cultural and religious symbolism of Jewish foods to more than one hundred recipes drawn from international Jewish cultures and traditions. She offers easy-to-follow recipes for Shabbat meals and all the Jewish holidays, from Rosh Hashana to the nine days before Tisha b’Av, along with fascinating briefs on how many Jewish foods—challah, kreplach, farfel, and more—express core Jewish beliefs. With ingredients that can be found in any supermarket, and recipes adapted for the time- and health-conscious cook, this volume is for anyone who wishes to flavor Shabbat and holiday meals with Jewish soul.
Contents
Preface: Kitchen Alchemy—A Life at the Table • Acknowledgments • 1: SHABBAT • WINE • Homemade Sweet Red Wine • CHALLAH • Three-Braid Challah • Single Challah • Six-Braid Challah • Vav Challah • String of Pearls Challah • Yud Bais Challah • Challah Kugel • Baked Garlic Is for Lovers • FRIDAY NIGHT • Doctored-Up Gefilte Fish • Homemade Chrain Made Easy • Asian Fusion Fish • Spiritual Chicken Soup for the Frugal • Meat Pie • Pot Roast à la Molly Goldberg • Curried Chicken for the Shabbat • Fabulous Farfel • Sweet-and-Sour Red Cabbage • Apple and Plum Compote • SHABBAT MORNING BREAKFAST • Kubaneh • Yemenite Grated Tomato Dip • Eyer Kichel • Magical Marvelous Marble Cake • SHABBAT LUNCH • Eggs and Onions • Batya’s Chopped Liver • Cholent • Sephardi Cholent • Shalom Bayit Kugel • THIRD MEAL • Rabbi Freifeld’s Pickled Herring • Sardine Salad • Sweet-and-Sour Cucumber Salad • MELAVEH MALKA • Bagels • 2: HOLIDAYS • ROSH HASHANA • Homemade Gefilte Fish • Black-Eyed Peas for the New Year • Rosh Hashana Leek Latkes • Gourd Pancakes • Green, Green Rosh Hashana Latkes • Baked Apples with Honey • Round Challah • Crown Challah • Shofar Challah • Scales of Justice Challah • Indian Jewish Rosh Hashana Apple Confit • Quince Compote • Carrot Tzimmes • Tongue for the New Year • Batya’s Sweet Rosh Hashana Chicken Liver Sauté • Couscous aux Sept Legumes • Wine-Poached Pears • Teiglach • YOM KIPPUR • Bird Challah • Classic Kreplach • Honey Cake • SUKKOTH • One Two Three Bread • Frankfurter Goulash • Tomato Soup • Mandelbrot • Unstuffed Cabbage • Pistou • HOSHANA RABBAH • Cabbage Soup • Hand Challah • SHMINI ATZERET • Old-Fashioned Chicken Soup with a Whole Chicken • Glingl • Pareve Blintzes with Glingl Filling • Blintzes Baked with Batya’s Fresh Tomato Sauce • Simchat Torah • Torah Scroll Challah • Hungarian Stuffed Cabbage • HANUKKAH • Buckwheat Pancakes for Hanukkah • Latkes • Moroccan Hanukkah Doughnuts • Persian Potato Latkes • Persian Herbed Omelet • Israeli Hanukkah Doughnuts • Judith’s Lasagna • Heavenly Cheese Latkes • Menorah-Shaped Challah • Anglo-Jewish Gefilte Fish Balls • Gribenes and Schmaltz • SHABBAT SHIRA • Ruota de Faraone • Deboned Thighs Stuffed with Kasha • TU BISHVAT • Etrog Confit • PURIM: SHABBAT PARSHAT ZACHOR • Apple Kugel • Mehl Kugel • Lokshen Kugel • Kartofl Kugel • PURIM • Hamentaschen • Mohn Filling • Lekvar • Hungarian Purim Kindl • Haman’s Ears • Haman’s Fleas • Fish Challah • Ojos de Haman Challah • Haman’s Noose • Hamentasch Challah • Chickpeas for Purim • Kreplach for Purim • Haman’s Hair: Purim Pasta Salad • Galicianer Stuffed Cabbage for Purim • Turkey Roast • PASSOVER • DIY Matzo • The Seder Plate • Ashkenazi Haroseth • Persian Haroseth • Iraqi Haroseth • Seder Night Hard-Boiled Eggs • Firm Matzo Balls • Knaidlach with a Neshoma • Fluffy Knaidlach • Chicken Balls • Tongue for Second Day of Passover • Intergeshlugenah Borscht • Homemade Borscht • Matzo Layer Cake • Matzo Brei • Matzo Coffee • Quajado • Mufleta • Key Challah • LAG B’OMER • Bar Yochai Carob Fudge Bars • Tinted Eggs • SHAVUOT • Heavenly Challot for Shavuot • Four-Poled Shnei Lehem • Siete Cielos Challah • Ten Commandments Challah • Ladder Challah • David’s Harp Challah • Cheese Kreplach for Shavuot • Blintzes • Rochelle’s Cheesecake • TISHA B’AV • Rice and Lentil Pilaf • Mama’s Mamaliga • Hungarian Jewish “Pleated” Potato Casserole • Cabbage Noodles • Existential Lentil Soup • 3: LIFE CYCLE EVENTS • SHALOM ZACHOR • WEDDINGS • Jerusalem Wedding Beigel • Grape-Cluster Challah • Moroccan Wedding Fish • BAR MITZVAHS AND OTHER CELEBRATIONS • Tefillin Cake • Yerushalmi Kugel • Bibliography • Index
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