First, I'm a food and history buff, but not Jewish (not that there's anything wrong with that).
This book has been fascinating, and the recipes incredible. It's a book a borrowed from the library with the thought to peruse until WOW, so many things. All of the middle eastern foods I had wanted a recipe book for. Southern/Mediterranean recipes. It's basically a history of Western food, regardless of religion (or in spite of it).
While I don't have religious issues regarding foods, it was interesting to see that replacements were studied, tried, and successfully used (including the reasons). That is similar to what dieters, those with allergies, vegetarians, ex-patriots, or anyone else uses to get their own meals made well and tasty. The origins of the foods we all love--religious or not--are touched upon, some more fervently than others. Regardless, it has Western food in a nutshell. All of it. How to make it and stories from where it may have come or been derived from (some taken with a grain of salt).
Once I return this book, I will get at least a few copies--one for myself, others as gifts. Minimally as a companion to Julia Child, Fannie Farmer, and other tomes I have. Seriously, it has recipes from throughout the world which anyone--Jewish, pagan, gentile, or otherwise, would and should want to try.
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