Following in the kitchen footsteps of their earlier Fairy Tale Feasts for young readers and eaters, authors Jane Yolen retells some fun Jewish folktales and Heidi Stemple writes delicious Jewish recipes to accompany them. Yolen is the storyteller; Stemple the chef. Readers of all ages will love this richly illustrated book.
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“I can honestly tell you that this is the first cookbook I have ever read in one sitting. It’s a beautiful hard-bound book with lovely illustrations by Sima Elizabeth Shefrin throughout. In a time when all fairy tales seem to be variations of the orphaned-girl-turns-princess variety, I was grateful for the diverse, authentic, and engaging details of Yolen’s retellings of traditional stories.” – The Jewish Daily Forward
“It’s great for reading aloud or alone, curled up in a chair. It’s also a good motivator for parents to teach their kids about traditional and contemporary Jewish cooking.” – CM Magazine
“Yolen’s storytelling enriches each folk tale. That food and folk tales are so intertwined shouldn’t be surprising.” – Chicago Tribune
“The punchiest Jewish joke ever goes like this: What’s the definition of every Jewish holiday? Answer: They tried to kill us. We won. Let’s eat. This book might well accompany a celebration of those victories. A triple threat, it combines dozens of traditional Jewish food recipes (from brunch to soup to main courses and desserts) with classic, well-told tales of Jewish life in the Old World and evocative illustrations by Sima Elizabeth Shefrin. It will be a fixture in many family kitchens.” – The Globe and Mail
“18 Jewish folktales with related kid-friendly recipes. … Shefrin’s textured, collaged illustrations add flavor and spice. … [F]amilies will want to pore over them, savor them, and enjoy them to the fullest.” – School Library Journal