Gourmet Gift Guide — Top 10 Cookbooks Of 2017

Compiling a list of the best Jewish cookbooks of any given year can be a difficult task. While some books wear their Judaism right on their spines — by having the word “Jewish” in the title, for example, or by being specifically about Jewish food — others are less obvious. Having a Jewish author doesn’t necessarily guarantee entry into the category, as when the food isn’t specifically Jewish, but sometimes we do include such books because there’s what we consider a Jewish sensibility, or because the author is a star in the wider culinary world and we’re shepping nachas (Yiddish for taking pride). So here, in order of publication date, is a list of our favorite Jewish and Jew-ish cookbooks of 2017. There’s undoubtedly something for every cookbook lover on your Hanukkah gift list.

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Husband-and-wife team Dean and Maya Jankelowitz are the proprieters of two cafés in downtown Manhattan, both named after Dean’s grandparents, Jack and Freda. Earlier this year, the couple published their cookbook, “Jack’s Wife Freda: Cooking From New York’s West Village,” with recipes by their chef, Julia Jaksic. Dean is from South Africa; Maya is from Israel — the book features dishes that reflect both cuisines, with some Ashkenazi standards thrown in for good measure. One highlight is bacon and lardons made out of duck. (Having said that, while pork is not present you will find other treyf.)

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