Arthur Schwartz's Jewish Home Cooking

Arthur Schwartz's Jewish Home Cooking features 100 fabulous Yiddish-American recipes for your home kitchen. 


Format: Hardcover with dust jacket, 269 pages. 

Copyright: 2008 

Publisher: Ten Speed Press 

Author: Arthur Schwartz 

ISBN: 9781580088985

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Description: The past comes alive in the pages of Jewish Home Cooking, with food maven Arthur Schwartz shopping, cooking, tasting, talking, and stirring up big pots of memory and desire. This is a book for anyone who's ever reveled in buttery rugelach, pined for a bubbe's potted flanken, or taken comfort in a dish of matzo brei. 

Using his native New York City's Jewish food culture as a lens, Schwartz takes us on a mouth-watering, soul-stirring tour of Yiddish-American cooking. His recipes are authentic yet thoughtfully updated versions of the dishes that connect so many American Jews to their pasts, including: 

  • Cholent, the quintessential Sabbath dish of beef braised very slowly with beans and aromatics 
  • Golden, rich, perfectly clarified chicken soup with big, fluffy matzo balls 
  • Noodles tossed with shredded cabbage cooked down to sweetly caramelized tendrils of amazingly intense flavor 
  • Egg-rich, deeply satisfying noodle and potato kugels 
  • Arthur's grandmother Elsie's moist and delicate Passover walnut cake 
  • Crisp, sweet mandelbread -- the dense, twice-baked loaf cake often called "Jewish biscotti" 

Woven around nearly 100 recipes for appetizers, soups, sides, meat and dairy mains, Passover dishes, breads, and desserts are the stories behind these dishes and the people who have cooked and eaten them. Scores of color and archival photos capture the flavor of the foods themselves and of some of the places where eastern European Jewish cooking has blossomed for more than a century in North America. 

Reviewed by a prominent mashgiach (an expert in kashruth, or Jewish dietary laws), these recipes include dishes for meat- and dairy-based meals (and many that are pareve, or suitable for either), as well as a whole chapter of food that is kosher for Passover. 

Yiddish-American cooking, too often the subject of rueful jokes, has been waiting for a revival. Its time is now. In Jewish Home Cooking, Arthur Schwartz makes what is old feel new again, lovingly serving up a bountiful, beautiful, lip-smacking helping of Jewish-American food and culture. 


Condition: Good condition. Interior flap is clipped. 

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