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Best Jewish Cookbooks: The Ultimate Guide

These Jewish cookbooks have recipes for Jewish holiday comfort foods, easy kosher meals, Israeli dishes and more!

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The All-Around Jewish Cookbook

The Jewish Cookbook

By Leah Koenig

If you’re only going to buy one Jewish cookbook, Leah Koenig’s The Jewish Cookbook is a solid option. The book explores the diversity of Jewish cuisine around the world, featuring recipes from Ashkenazi (Eastern Europe), Sephardic (Spain, Portugal and North Africa) and Mizrahi (Middle Eastern, including Iran and Iraq) communities. Among the more than 400 recipes in the book are Koenig’s versions of rugelach and pumpkin challah.

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We Love This Cookbook For: Jewish Comfort Food

Bubbe and Me in the Kitchen

By Miri Rotkovitz

In her Jewish cookbook Bubbe and Me in the Kitchen: A Kosher Cookbook of Beloved Recipes and Modern Twists, Miri Rotkovitz features kosher recipes from her grandmother—or “bubbe”—as well as her own recipes and a selection of dishes from contributors. You’ll find instructions for charoset, matzo ball soup and kasha varnishkes, as well as watermelon gazpacho and Persian chicken stew.

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We Love This Cookbook For: Jewish Holiday Foods

Joan Nathan’s Jewish Holiday Cookbook

By Joan Nathan

You can’t write about the best Jewish cookbooks without mentioning Joan Nathan. And when it comes to recipes for Rosh Hashanah foods and Passover meals, you can’t beat her Jewish Holiday Cookbook. The book includes multiple sample menus for all the major Jewish holidays.

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We Love This Cookbook For: Israeli Cuisine

Jerusalem

By Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi

Co-written by Yotam Ottolenghi, an Israeli chef, and Sami Tamimi, a Palestinian chef, Jerusalem: A Cookbook highlights the complex cuisines of this shared city. Recipes include fattoush, roasted butternut squash with za’atar and tahini, lamb kofta, and a cardamom rice pudding with pistachios and rose water.

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We Love This Cookbook For: Kosher Cooking

Joy of Kosher

By Jamie Geller

If you keep a kosher kitchen, you’ve probably already heard of Jamie Geller, who has written several other popular kosher cookbooks. In Joy of Kosher: Fast, Fresh Family Recipes, she shares accessible kosher recipes with suggestions for ways to “dress it up” for special occasions or “dress it down” for picky kids. Her recipes also feature kosher wine pairings and tips for easy kosher cooking.

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We Love This Cookbook For: Insight into the History of Jewish Cuisine

The Book of Jewish Food

Claudia Roden

Winner of the James Beard Foundation’s Cookbook of the Year award in 1997, The Book of Jewish Food: An Odyssey from Samarkand to New York documents the history of Jewish cooking with hundreds of recipes, stories and photos. The book covers Jewish foods from both Ashkenazi and Sephardic communities. Claudia Roden has written multiple other books about Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cooking.

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We Love This Cookbook For: Jewish Baking 

Modern Jewish Baker

By Shannon Sarna

You may already be familiar with some of Shannon Sarna’s recipes—we’ve shared her Pomegranate Short Ribs and Chicken Matzo Ball Soup. But as we learned when she showed us how to make her Passover rainbow cookies, Sarna shines as a baker. In her book, Modern Jewish Baker: Challah, Babka, Bagels & More, she shares techniques, tips and recipes for making the most important Jewish carbs: challah, babka, bagels, rugelach, hamantaschen, pita bread and matzah.

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We Love This Cookbook For: Jewish Fusion

Millennial Kosher

By Chanie Apfelbaum

From ramen shakshuka to beer-marinated London broil with arugula chimichurri, Millenial Kosher: Recipes Reinvented for the Modern Palate features globally inspired versions of classic Jewish foods. You may recognize Chanie Apfelbaum’s inventive cooking style from her Potato Latke Funnel Cakes recipe that she shared with Taste of Home. To learn more about where she finds inspiration for her unique recipes, check out our interview with the chef.

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We Love This Cookbook For: Jewish Deli Favorites

The Artisan Jewish Deli at Home

By Nick Zukin and Michael Zusman

While it’s hard to truly recreate the experience of dining in a classic Jewish delicatessen, The Artisan Jewish Deli at Home will get you as close as possible. With recipes ranging from homemade dill pickles and potato latkes to knishes and pastrami sandwiches, the book shares the history of Jewish delis in America and highlights some of the most famous ones.

(Here are the best delis in every state!)

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We Love This Cookbook For: Global Jewish Dishes

King Solomon’s Table

By Joan Nathan

We couldn’t help but feature another one of Joan Nathan’s cookbooks. In her latest, King Solomon’s Table: A Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking from Around the World, she explores Jewish dishes from across the globe and demonstrates how Jewish food is as diverse as the Jewish people.

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We Love This Cookbook For: Healthy Jewish Cooking

The New Yiddish Kitchen

By Simone Miller and Jennifer Robins

The New Yiddish Kitchen: Gluten-Free and Paleo Kosher Recipes for Holidays and Everday features traditional Jewish recipes like bagels and kugel adapted into versions that fit practically every dietary constraint. The recipes in this modern Jewish cookbook are kosher as well as grain-, gluten-, dairy- and refined sugar-free.

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Teddy Nykiel
Teddy is an associate digital editor at Taste of Home specializing in SEO strategy. As a home cook herself, she loves finding inspiration at the farmer's market. She also enjoys doing any sport that involves water and taking long walks with her black lab mix, Berkeley.

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