On Passover, as on many Jewish holidays, there seems to be as much emphasis on eating as on the religious observances. Every family has its own special recipes to serve in the middle of the reading of the Haggadah (which tells the story of the escape from Egypt) and a good cookbook is often the secret behind them. Here's some of the tried and true favorites of our Good Housekeeping staff.
Miriam Arond, Director of the Good Housekeeping Research Institute (GHRI) swears by Michele Friedman's Chefs' Confidential ($30). Though not specific to Pesach, it includes lots of Seder-worthy recipes.
While Health Director Toni Hope primarily uses an old tattered cookbook passed down from her mother, she also loves Marcy Goldman's A Treasury of Jewish Holiday Baking ($17.79). It wouldn't be Seder at the Hope house without Goldman's 'Lemon Sponge Cake' and 'The Queen Mother's Cake', a flourless chocolate cake that comes from the incomparable Book of Great Desserts ($15.88) by Maida Heatter.
One of the first cookbooks Sharon Franke ever purchased was The Molly Goldberg Jewish Cookbook, coauthored by Gertrude Berg and Myra Waldo ($11.18), the source of the classic potato kugel she serves at the Passover feast. Having tried almost every recipe in the book, Sharon specifically recommends Molly's 'Matzoh Meal Pancakes' for a weeknight dinner during the 8 days of Passover.
The Seder at my house wouldn't be the same without Susie Fishbein's Passover by Design ($20), which has a great mix of traditional and modern recipes. My whole family loves the 'Roasted Caramelized Carrots' and the 'Giant Zebra Fudge Cookies'.
And there are plenty of other cookbooks to try:
The Hadassah Jewish Holiday Cookbook: Traditional Recipes from Contemporary Kosher Kitchens ($19.77) is an overall gorgeous book with incredibly beautiful illustrations. The Passover section is perfect for anyone with an interest in cultural cooking as it features traditional Passover recipes from Jewish people celebrating the holiday all over the world.
EnLITEned Kosher Cooking by Nechama Cohen ($35) has 140 healthy alternatives for classic dishes.
If you prefer to look at your recipes on your Kindle or Nook, Judy Bart Kancigor has just come out with The Perfect Passover Cookbook ($4), an eBook with 52 Passover recipes from her well-known book Cooking Jewish ($25).
Not interested in purchasing a new book? Of course there are plenty of Passover recipes from our Test Kitchen right here on our website.
-By Kate Statton
Be sure to let us know what's your favorite Passover cookbook and which dish is a must on your Seder table. Chag Sameach!
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