Gefiltefest Cookbook

 The Gefiltefest Cook Book

Recipes from the World’s Best-loved Jewish Cooks

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Everyone eats – but in the Jewish community food really matters. Eating is not just for casual enjoyment but it is an expression of culture, history, philosophy and – for some – spirituality.

Gefiltefest’s founding patron Claudia Roden has written that ‘every recipe tells a story’. No culinary concoction exists in isolation and each has a rich history. For the Jewish community each dish reveals the writer’s roots, global wanderings as well as modern practicalities and passions.

The Jewish communities’ tastes have developed in distinct ways according to family traditions and homeland cultures. To showcase the great variety of cooking styles Gefiltefest invited Jewish cookery writers from around the world to contribute their favourite recipes to The Gefiltefest Cookbook.

This unique collection of recipes celebrates the history, culture, culinary creativity and enduring traditions of Jews around the world. The book includes a foreword by Claudia Roden and features an introduction by Maureen Kendler (with additional research by Claudia Prieto) discussing Anglo-Jewish cookbooks from the 1840s to the present day.

Recipe contributors include: Claudia Roden, Evelyn Rose, Yotam Ottolenghi, Eran Tibi, Silvia Nacamulli, Michal Ansky, Tori Avey, Jamie Geller, Gil Hovav, Joan Nathan and Poopa Dweck

Profits from The Gefiltefest Cookbook go towards supporting Gefiltefest’s London Jewish Food Festival and other food-related events and projects.