Simply Southern With a Dash of Kosher Soul
Publisher: Margolin Hebrew Academy (2010)
Three years ago, friends of the Margolin Hebrew Academy/Feinstone Yeshiva of the South, a small Jewish day school in Memphis, Tenn. for students age PreK through 12th grades, set out to collect, edit and preserve the distinct tastes of southern kosher cooking. While both southern cooking and kosher cooking have been accorded prominent places within American cuisine, little is known and almost nothing has been published regarding the small Jewish communities of the South whose multi-generational families have blended these two culinary traditions in their own unique way for almost two centuries.
The new cookbook Simply Southern: With a Dash of Kosher Soul serves to bring this hidden gem of American cooking to the kitchens across the country and around the world. Originally conceived as a fund-raiser for the school, Simply Southern has become so much more. Under the direction of a group of volunteers, hundreds of recipes were culled from kosher southern cooks of all ages and backgrounds, and then vetted, tasted and sampled to find those that represented the best of southern kosher cooking. In the end, nearly 300 recipes were chosen, rewritten with clear and easy to follow instructions and then combined with stunning glossy pictures and a narrative that tells the stories of kosher southern cooks and their love of Jewish soul food.
And the launch could not have come at a more auspicious time. The Margolin Hebrew Academy/Feinstone Yeshiva of the South has recently redoubled its efforts to bring nothing short of the best in both Judaic and general studies both to the local students it serves and to the young men and women from across the country who make up its high school residential programs. Professionals and enthusiasts alike who have participated in Simply Southern’s sampling events agree that the book’s uniqueness and uncompromising attention to quality and detail are sure to make it a hit, thereby providing the school with the means necessary to continue its pursuit of uncompromising educational excellence.
Simply Southern is the perfect gift for any home cook–whether their kitchen is kosher or not–who is looking for exciting new recipes and answers to the dreaded question of “what’s for dinner tonight?” The recipes range from classic comfort food to healthy takes on Southern favorites. The delectable recipes and unique angle presented in Simply Southern will no doubt be of great interest to your readers; once you see a copy of this beautiful collection, I know that you will agree!
Simply Southern is a compilation of nearly 300 of the best recipes submitted to the cookbook’s editorial committee at the Margolin Hebrew Academy, a small Jewish day school in Memphis, TN. They are traditional kosher recipes turned Southern and traditional Southern recipes turned kosher. In addition to the rich traditions conveyed through the family recipes, the narratives in the book provide a wonderful look at the history of Jewish life in the South.
Simply Southern With a Dash of Kosher Soul is available at Jewish and general interest bookstores in the U.S., Canada, and Israel, as well as online at www.simplysoutherncookbook.net.
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