Shalom Life | March 03, 2015

Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous...Oh My!

Love Jewish cooking but tired of the same old recipes? This Parisian-Jewish cookbook will leave you satisfied and full.

By: Lisa Goldman

Published: April 6th, 2011 in Culture » Books » Reviews

Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous...Oh My!

I'd love to tell you I'm a foodie and a fabulous cook, but I'd be lying. While I can generally hold my own in the kitchen (anyone feel like a grilled cheese or French toast?) and I have quite the collection of cookbooks, the vast majority of them just aren't helpful to novice cooks. And when it comes to cooking Jewish meals and trying Jewish recipes, I can recreate my Bubby's Passover apple cake and my mom's sweet kugel, but that's about it.

So I was pretty excited when I recently stumbled upon Joan Nathan's Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France. (What? They make kugel in France? Who knew?) You'd think I -- an admittedly novice cook -- would be intimidated by a 388-page cookbook that explores Jewish cooking and traditions in Paris, Alsace and Loire Valley, but I was pleasantly surprised. Nathan offers 200 recipes that will add a Parisian twist to recipes you've made (or wanted to try) for years -- from simple soups like Spring Chicken Broth to an easy-to-follow Friday Night Bread recipe to Passover Chocolate Truffles (which, by the way, I'll definitely be making next week).

But the book is more than a whack of yummy recipes. Nathan describes her fascinating "gastronomic journey" to France by sharing her exploration of how Jews in the country observe the Sabbath and celebrate the high holidays. Plus, there are dozens of photos and stories about the people she encountered, cook with and dined with.

Tip: Invited to a seder this year? Any hostess would love a copy of this delicious book. Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France by Joan Nathan. Alfred A. Knopf/Random House of Canada Limited. $46.

Maroon 5 Hang Outs With 10-Year Old Superfan With Down Syndrome [VIDEO] Maroon 5 Hang Outs With 10-Year Old Superfan With Down Syndrome [VIDEO] TrendingDrake Ties The Beatles Billboard Record Drake Ties The Beatles Billboard Record TrendingHarvey Weinstein Enlists Zac Posen to Revive Charles James Harvey Weinstein Enlists Zac Posen to Revive Charles James Trending
 

Top 20 Under 40 - Adam Bledin

March 03, 2015 | By Ashley Baylen
Top 20 Under 40 - Adam Bledin

Bledin is the President and Creative Director of LAZYPANTS.

Read More

Simon Wiesenthal Center Calls For The U.S. To Pull Out Of The Muscat International Book Fair

March 03, 2015 | By Caitlin Marceau
Simon Wiesenthal Center Calls For The U.S. To Pull Out Of The Muscat International Book Fair

The book fair, which promotes anti-semitic literature, has Jewish groups appalled by America's support.

Read More

New ‘Gaza Man’ Game Promotes War Between Israelis and Palestinians

March 03, 2015 | By Caitlin Marceau
New ‘Gaza Man’ Game Promotes War Between Israelis and Palestinians

The game, available for download in the Google play store, encourages Palestinians to fight against Israelis and "liberate" the land

Read More

Lauryn Hill Returning To Israel

March 03, 2015 | By Caitlin Marceau
Lauryn Hill Returning To Israel

The singer/songwriter will be performing in the Holy Land for the first time since 2007

Read More

Steven Spielberg to Direct Jennifer Lawrence as War Photographer

March 03, 2015 | By Ashley Baylen
Steven Spielberg to Direct Jennifer Lawrence as War Photographer

Spielberg will direct the upcoming adaptation of 'It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War'.

Read More

Jay Baruchel’s ‘Man Seeking Women’ Gets Second Season

March 03, 2015 | By Ashley Baylen
Jay Baruchel’s ‘Man Seeking Women’ Gets Second Season

FXX announced that the comedy will be returning for atleast one more year.

Read More

Maroon 5 Hang Outs With 10-Year Old Superfan With Down Syndrome [VIDEO]

March 03, 2015 | By Ashley Baylen
Maroon 5 Hang Outs With 10-Year Old Superfan With Down Syndrome [VIDEO]

Adam Levine and his band made Christopher Warner's dreams come true.

Read More

Jews Top Forbes Annual List Of Billionaires

March 03, 2015 | By Caitlin Marceau
Jews Top Forbes Annual List Of Billionaires

The list is out, and ten of the fifty wealthiest billionaires are members of the Tribe

Read More

More Headlines