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Friday, December 23, 2011

My Review of “Our Mother’s Recipes, Carrying on a Jewish Tradition” by Dorene Sager and Armin Feldman

Let me start by saying that I very excitedly requested to review this cookbook. Being married to a Jewish man with no family to teach me how to cook I gobble up books like this all the time. And, now, having went through the book, I am trilled to have it. I was happy with it from the dedication on. The dedication was a wonderful testament to the authors’ parents, real heartfelt words. With the pictures of the original recipes and little stories before most of the recipes I felt like I was finally getting recipes from a friend J

My review is going to be a bit different. I went through the recipes one by one to find some to try in my own home this Hanukkah. I must admit I had trouble choosing, but finally settled on stuffed mushrooms, tzimmes, salmon and fruit dessert.

I loved the simple cooking steps and processes.

I also appreciated the wholesome ingredients like sweet potatoes, carrots, plums and apricots, paired with more elegant touches of sweet wine and butter and honey.

The first night of Hanukkah both our teenage sons had other things going on, so my husband and I both got to sit down to a nice quiet meal. It was like a date night. And thus, I got to hear the string of praise from my husband’s lips as he ate...

The stuffed mushrooms got a string of “Oh Wow!'s”

The salmon, the true test since I have never made a salmon my husband likes, was “Oh Man, this is awesome. I didn’t know salmon could taste like this.” High praise there!

And he thought the tzimmes a perfect compliment to the salmon.

He couldn’t stop praising the meal actually and said it beat out my spaghetti and meatballs…hmmm, not sure how I feel about that! LOL

He also said if he had gone to a restaurant and this is what he’d gotten he would have thought it well worth the money. Oh, and for dessert, the fruit compote over ice cream was just fantastic.  And if I forgot the wine and butter sauce, I could pretend I was eating healthy. LOL

I loved this cookbook and would highly recommend it from the personal feel to the wonderful recipes :)

Book Information for Our Mother's Recipe's by Armin Feldman and Dorene Sager
Genre: Jewish Cookbook
Video Intro:
website: http://www.ourmothersrecipesonline.com
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.

There will b a virtual book tour starting on December 15th. see the vtb banner.  The full schedule is on http://www.ourmothersrecipesonline.com

The Book Launch will be on February 1.  Anyone who buys the book from Amazon on February 1 will get 10 entries into the Book Launch Contest.  There are other ways to get entries.  One is to comment on three of the blogs on the tour days.  See the schedule.

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

1 comment:

  1. What a great review. My husband and I have eaten at Dorene and Jay's home on many occasions and Jewish holidays. The atmosphere is warm and comfortable and the food is terrific. Now every one can learn to cook these fabulous recipes. Armin and Dorene have a website with even more recipes. In fact, they even have a recipe of the week club as well as video demonstrations of recipes. Everyone should take a look at the site: http://www.ourmothersrecipesonline.com
    Janis Friesler


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