There’s nothing like crunching into a kosher dill pickle in the heat of the summer. If you’re a pickle fan, you probably know which local deli has the best ones and which restaurant routinely sets a bowl of them on the table, even before you’ve even ordered. But have you ever made your own?
This is an occasional column in which the writer evaluates a new cookbook by making some of its recipes, sharing the dishes with friends and asking her guests what they think of the results. She recently cooked her way through “The Seasonal Jewish Kitchen: A Fresh Take on Tradition,” by Amelia Saltsman.
Most Americans don’t know what to do with kohlrabi, a Martian spacecraft–lookalike tuber that offers a crisp nutlike flavor reminiscent of water chestnuts. In Israel, it is a popular addition to salads and pickled vegetable mixes. This is my cousin Michal Brayer’s favorite salad, and now one of mine, too. This refreshing magenta-and-orange slaw will take you through the fall and winter seasons. Use agave instead of honey for a vegan salad.
This free-form rustic autumn tart is mellow with the floral aromas of apples and juicy pears.
Last December, Julia Braun found herself teaching a workshop at a Jewish food conference on how to use shmaltz — how to use it in a knish, how to make chopped liver with shmaltz and gribenes — when she had her aha moment. “I had this sense of ‘Yes, this is it.’ It came over me in a way that I’ve never felt it before, that finally that’s what I’ve been looking for.”