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New cookbook offers recipes for latkes, kugel — and flank steak sandwiches
“From Our Kitchens: Recipes and Stories from the Boston Jewish Community” features recipes old and new alike.
By Kaya Williams
It’s the season for latkes and kugel — and now with the celebration of Hanukkah, you can find recipes for those and dozens of other Kosher dishes in “From Our Kitchens: Recipes and Stories from the Boston Jewish Community.”
The book debuted on Oct. 11 and is available to order now from Combined Jewish Philanthropies. According to Judith Forman, associate director of women’s philanthropy for CJP, “All proceeds will benefit CJP’s work of building communities of learning and action to better our world.”
It’s not just holiday staples in this cookbook, which includes more than 140 recipes from approximately 150 women contributors in the Boston Jewish community and offers “a little bit of everything,” Forman said.
Three years in the making, the entirely volunteer-made book is divided by season, with a total of 12 chapters that cover both the traditional (“Gather Round the Table” includes dishes for Shabbat dinner and Thanksgiving) and the modern (“Game Day” offers kickoff-ready recipes).
Entries are as varied as latkes, noodle kugel, and grilled flank steak sandwiches with chimichurri sauce.
The recipes, inspired by generations-old traditions and new takes alike, are spliced with personal anecdotes — “little vignettes, little stories of memories regarding the different recipes,” Forman said.
“We are all connected by food,” Forman said. “This cookbook really binds us together and tells the story of our Boston Jewish community using food as a medium.”
Because the cookbook features both secular and traditionally Jewish recipes, Forman said that there’s a broader reach that opens doors to new connections and community.
“We hope that people . . . connect with the recipes and connect with the stories and use the cookbook to create new traditions and memories of their own,” Forman said.