"I have yet to encounter a cookbook with the power to make me cry, until now. This is a historical document as much as it is a cookbook. A collection of recipes from Auschwitz-Birkenau survivors, these are classic recipes from the heartbeat of Jewish cooking, our Bubbies and Zeities! The food in this book has survived along with the families and the recipes are memories of loved ones who are no longer with us; and they serve as moments to celebrate the gift of still being here. Not to mention, of course, the food is just delicious! The chocolate sandwich might be one of the most decadent things I've ever eaten. All proceeds of Honey Cake & Latkes will go to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Foundation."
Publisher Melcher Media Incorporated
Publication Date 2022-09
Section Cooking / All Staff Suggestions / Nonfiction Suggestions / Hannah W.
More than a cookbook, this collection of heirloom recipes conveys Auschwitz-Birkenau survivors' stories through the mnemonic lens of cooking and food.
Collected and edited during the pandemic, this book--in the words of Ronald S. Lauder, Chairman of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Foundation--"is a story of hope and triumph of the human spirit." Over 110 recipes accompanied by survivors' pre-war recollections and post-liberation memories weave a unique tapestry of sensory experiences of flavors and aromas from the old world, accounts of loss and trauma, as well as heartwarming and poignant tales of new beginnings and healing.
All of the recipes have been tested and retested to make sure they can be replicated in your kitchen while keeping the original character and voice of the survivors who contributed to the volume. Delicious recipes include Blintzes, Kugel, Matzo Ball Soup, Cholent, Goulash, Kasha Varnishkes, Rugelach, and more. Plus, there is a special chapter devoted to classic dishes for the Jewish holidays (Latkes, Charoset, Gefilte Fish, Knishes, Tzimmes, Challah, and others) that you can use to prepare, host, or bring food to a gathering. All proceeds from the sale of this book go to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Foundation.