Tuesday, January 3, 2012

GUEST POST: The Wonderful World of Jewish Cooking by Dorene Sager

The Wonderful World of Jewish Cooking

Among the many traditions that Jewish families hold dear, Jewish cooking is still the best of them. My brother, Armin Feldman, and I (Dorene Sager) just wrote a cookbook, Our Mother’s Recipes. Let's face it, everyone loves Jewish cooking. Who doesn’t love going to the deli? Whether you've grown up in a Jewish family and have enjoyed Jewish meals your entire life or you're new to the world of Jewish cooking and have just recently realized just how much these traditional meals have to offer, we think you’ll love our new cookbook. All of the recipes come from a treasure trove of our mother’s recipes we discovered after she passed away. In getting our mom’s things in order we found hundreds of hand written and typed recipes she had stored in several shopping bags.

So what, exactly, makes Jewish cooking so special? It's not just about the way the food tastes (although there is no denying that Jewish dishes are some of the best in the world). Part of what makes Jewish cooking so special is how it is tied in to the rich history of the Jewish people, and the time spent together with family and friends sharing the meals that have become popular Jewish dishes worldwide.

The recipes that make up the world of Jewish cooking and our cookbook are actually a collection of dishes from all of the places the Jewish people have lived throughout history. For example, blintzes are a very popular Jewish dish that has roots in the German culture. Just looking at the different Jewish foods can be a history lesson all by itself. Our mom learned all these recipes from her mom and so on right down the line.

If you've grown up in a Jewish household you know how comforting a warm bowl of chicken soup served in Bubbe's kitchen can be. You understand how the perfect Jewish meal can make a family gathering that much more memorable. It’s the smell of the kitchen and the sounds of laughter. Unless you've experienced it you can't really understand how Jewish cooking can turn friends into family and can bring a family closer together.

Of course you don't have to be Jewish to enjoy Jewish cooking. Friends and family from any culture can benefit from what the world of Jewish cooking has to offer. After all, who doesn't enjoy a warm, hot meal that tastes amazing? We can guarantee you our mom’s recipes are truly the cream of the crop.

There are many recipes in our cookbook that you can use to start your own family traditions. Even if you have your own collection of Jewish recipes, check out the resources on our website, www.OurMothersRecipesOnLine.com. We can provide you with some great new additions to your Jewish cooking collection and may even give you some ideas for new twists on the recipes you already have. Also, please sign up for the Recipe of the Week club.

So to answer the question, why is Jewish cooking so special? It’s because it comes from the heart. Jewish meals are made with love and served with the same. You don't have to be Jewish to experience Jewish cooking. You just need access the Jewish recipes in our cookbook and add love. With those two things, everyone can be a Jewish cook.

Dorene Sager


Dorene Sager and Armin Feldman are sister and brother. the idea for the cookbook sprang from the discovery of a treasure trove of their mother’s recipes after she passed away. Now Our Mother’s Recipes, Carrying On a Jewish Tradition is a Web site, a cookbook, a TV show and a place to learn about what the best Jewish cuisine has to offer.

Dorene Sager: Dorene represents the best of so many different things. Dorene is a cookbook author, a wife and mother, a commercial real estate broker, a devoted family member, a true friend and so much more. Dorene is a fantastic cook in her own right. She learned a lot about cooking from her mother, Helen Feldman. Dorene is married and has three children and 6 grandchildren. Dorene and her husband just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Dorene enjoys reading, movies, playing canasta, and of course cooking.
Dorene says,

“I had so much fun working with my brother putting together all of the different ways to showcase our mother’s recipes.”

Armin Feldman: Armin wears a number of hats too. Armin is a cookbook author, husband, dog lover, supporter of friends and family, medical doctor and a lot more. Armin is also a wonderful cook. From the time they could reach the kitchen counter, their mother taught Dorene and Armin how to make traditional Jewish recipes. If you watch the videos on their website, http://www.ourmothersrecipesonline.com , you can feel the joy these siblings radiate while cooking their mother's recipes. You can also sign up for the recipe of the week sent right to your email address.

Armin says, “What a treat to work with the best sister ever in creating all of these venues to showcase our mother’s remarkable culinary skills.”

Add a wonderful cuisine to your everyday meals and special gatherings. Traditional Jewish cooking is flavorful, fun and hearty particularly with Our Mother's Recipes, Carrying on a Jewish Tradition. These recipes have been handed down through many generations influenced by Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Spanish, German and Eastern European styles of cooking. In our family all of these cultural influences were combined, synthesized and affected by local ingredients through the years resulting in sumptuous, rich and wonderfully fulfilling traditional Jewish dishes. Try our mother's farfel instead of noodles. Replace that tired chocolate cake with some really yummy Helen Feldman brownies or warm fruit compote. You will have the secret to Jewish penicillin, chicken soup with matzo balls. There's enough here to keep you going for years of great food, family, friends and memories to enjoy.


To get your entries and to find out how to get more entries visit http://www.ourmothersrecipesonline.com to access the contest form.

The prizes:

$100.00 Amazon Gift Certificate for a Kindle
Two $50.00 Amazon Gift Certifcates

Authors can choose a video book trailer or Facebook Welcome Page instead of the Kindle.

1 comment:

  1. I love how this is a brother and sister project together with their mother's recipes. More than just your average cookbook!