A Treasury of Jewish Holiday Baking
by Marcy Goldman
Hardcover: 384 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.59 x 9.54 x 8.52
Publisher: Doubleday; (October 1998)
From the Publisher:
Here at last is the first lovingly assembled, comprehensive collection of delicious, fail-proof baked goods-for the Jewish holidays and throughout the year-compiled and interpreted by Marcy Goldman, a professional baker who is also a professional writer on food.
Even if we don't have time to bake on a regular basis, holidays are something different-special occasions that encourage us to pull out the cake pans and present our family and friends with a gift of homemade love. And this is particularly true of the Jewish holidays, which are so centrally focused on special foods-and, of course, special desserts.
From the round raisin challah that symbolizes the sweetness and continuity of life for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, to triangular, jam-filled hamantaschen for Purim, to a Chanukah dreidel cake, to the best flourless Passover cakes in the world, Marcy Goldman offers recipes that are traditional as well as those with an innovative flair.
Jewish or European-style baked goods-coffee cakes, strudels, cheesecakes, rugelach-are so universally popular that they have become as American as apple pie, and now, with A Treasury of Jewish Holiday Baking, every home baker will have access to the secrets of how to make them. As if she were a mother passing down techniques to her own children, Marcy Goldman's voice is warm, encouraging, and inviting, as well as authoritative, clear, and knowledgeable. She provides not only detailed instructions that yield delicious baked goods every time, but also a wealth of information on holiday customs and history.
Here is, indeed, a treasury to be welcomed by those who grew up with such recipes, those who are seeking to reestablish traditional holiday celebrations in their own home, and those who simply want to know the secrets for producing a wide range of delicious cakes, pastries, and pies.
About the Author
Marcy Goldman is a professional baker and restaurant bakery consultant as well as a freelance writer. Her writing has appeared in national magazines and major newspapers, including Bon Apetit, Food and Wine, Chocolatier, McCalls, The New York Times, Washington Post, Detroit Free Press, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, and many others. She lives in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Visit Marcy Goldman at her website: www.betterbaking.com.
Review by Diana's Desserts:
I came upon this delightful cookbook by Marcy Goldman when I was looking for just the right recipe for the Jewish holiday Passover. I found "I Can't Believe This Is A Passover Cake" Yellow Cake recipe; the name just fascinated me, so I purchased the book and was amazed at the amount of wonderful Jewish holiday recipes Ms. Goldman has given us in her book. This is a very informative cookbook with so much history of the Jewish holidays combined with her recipes. No matter if you are looking for traditional or more modern dessert recipes to serve during the Jewish holidays, or if you are just looking for great dessert recipes for making for friends and family at any time of the year, then this cookbook is for you. This year on Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year's), we are going to enjoy the very traditional Honey Cake, which Ms. Goldman calls "Majestic and Moist New Year's Honey Cake." The recipe for this very "sweet" honey cake follows this article............DianasDesserts.com
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