The Bais Yaakov Cookbook

Editor: Batsheva Weinstein, Published by: The Fund for Jewish Education
Distributed by: Feldheim Publishers

by-coverThe beautiful cover of this recently released cookbook just draws you in. There is so much information contained in 381 pages that we tip our hat to the editor and everyone who had a hand in creating this informative, inspiring, and lovely cookbook.

From the beginning pages, one is aware this cookbook is not only about delicious recipes but also about the teaching and influence of the Bais Yaakov (House of Jacob) School Movement for girls. The history of the movement and of Sarah Schenirer, Krakow, Poland, founder of Bais Yaakov, is well written by Rabbi Avrohom Birnbaum. It is inspirational how one woman had the vision, energy, and belief to spearhead a movement in 1917 that would evolve to provide Jewish girls with an elementary and secondary school Torah education. Started in Poland, the Bais Yaakov schools would spread around the globe.

The book contains 200 recipes from women around the world whose lives have been shaped and influenced by the teachings of the Bais Yaakov schools.  Most of the recipes are accompanied by beautiful color photos by John Uher. The recipes are modern, clearly written, easy to follow and offer a wide range from appetizers to desserts including the challah recipe from Rebbetzin Batsheva Kanievksy a"h.

Included in the cookbook are Halachic Guidelines to:

  • Checking Fruits & Vegetables
  • About Wine - Helpful and Interesting Information
  • Basic Guide to Kitchen Spices and Herbs
  • Insights into Jewish Law on Kashrut and Cooking
  • Preparing, Reheating, Serving Hot Food on Shabbos
  • Cookware and Gadgets

"The idea of the Bais Yaakov Cookbook was to create a work that uplifts and enhances our Shabbos, Yom Tov, and even every day table with a higher level of Kedusha",  and they have met that goal. A wonderful addition to our kosher cookbook library, and we hope to yours, that contains everything you need in one cookbook.  What a meaningful hostess gift for the Passover holiday...or any holiday for that matter.

Enjoy the following Passover Friendly recipes for Rib Eye Steak with Mushroom Sauce, Herbed Tilapia in Lemon Butter Sauce, and Crispy Potato Roast.  We couldn't resist including this easy and refreshing recipe for Sorbet Pyramid. It is Passover friendly, but several of the ingredients may be difficult to find with Passover certification. it is definitely one that you will want to make after the holidays.

All proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to Tzedaka (charity).

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April 4, 2012

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