A Taste of Nostalgia by Rabbi Abraham J. Twersky, M.D. and
Judy Dick. ($24.99, Artscroll/Shaar Press). This book subtitled "Tales and
recipes to nourish body and soul" contains over 150 traditional recipes but in
Rabbi Twersky's words, this is not your typical cookbook. It's an amazing
storybook with some great recipes. Sprinkled with Yiddishisms, you'll love Rabbi
Twersky's stories and photos from the old country (Reciting Tashlich along the
banks of the Luga River; Selling herring in Otvosk, Poland, 1927; Carrying
cholent to the baker's oven on Friday afternoon, Bialystok, 1932).
The recipes by Judy Dick (and some of Rabbi Twersky's) include every traditional
Jewish recipe you can think of plus some modern ones. This is definitely
heimish cooking. Do you remember Tzibele Kichel, Fricassee, P'tcha,
Meat Tzimmes with Knaidel and Stuffed Breast of Veal? Authentic
old-country European recipes are presented having been adapted, using modern
appliances, to make it easier for the cook.
Each chapter begins with Rabbi Twersky's stories and follows with recipes. For
those old enough to remember their European and new immigrant grandparents, this
is truly a taste of nostalgia. It is a book that even those who never set food
into a kitchen except to eat will want to have. A definite must-have.