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By the light of the latke…

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The winter holiday season brings all sorts of wonderful comfort food:  special dishes steeped in tradition, warming soups/stews, aromatic spices, and delicious baked goods.  With Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights starting yesterday, my mind conjures up the particular light that comes from the traditional crispy, golden-brown potato latkes.  The oil the latkes are fried in represents the miracle of a day’s worth of oil lasting for a full eight days during the rededication of the Temple.

Whether you enjoy the traditional foods of Hanukkah or are ready for a contemporary take on the old favorites, you may enjoy browsing through the following cookbooks :

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Jewish Holiday Style by Rita Milos Brownstein
A beautiful guide to celebrating the Jewish rituals in style

Jewish Hadassah Holiday Cookbook by Joan Schwartz Michel and Louis Wallach
Traditional recipes from contemporary Kosher Kitchens

The Holiday Kosher Baker by Paula Shoyer
Traditional and contemporary holiday desserts

The Jewish Holiday Cookbook by Gloria Kaufer Greene
An international collection of recipes and customs


May the lights of Hanukkah usher in a better world  for all humankind.

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