The Book of Jewish Food

The Book of Jewish Food

An Odyssey from Samarkand and Vilna to the Present Day - 25th Anniversary Edition



In this internationally acclaimed book, Claudia Roden interweaves more than 800 recipes with the stories and histories that have shaped Jewish cooking over the centuries. The recipes are treasures garnered from almost sixteen years of Roden's research around the world, enjoying the immense diversity of traditional Jewish food.

Roden shares the most essential dishes from her native Egypt and beyond, taking us on a journey through the Jewish Diaspora: from the Ashkenazi world there is hallah bread, wine-poached salmon and luscious plum tarts, and the Sephardi chapter boasts an array of tabbouleh, falafel and the inimitable orange Passover cake.

The result is a cookbook unlike any other: a learned, loving and delicious tribute to the variety and vitality of Jewish culture the world over. With new material for this special twenty-fifth anniversary edition, this is the definitive book of Jewish cuisine; a celebration of the food, and the people, that have shaped our culinary world as we know it.


  • One can't imagine a better food book than this, ever: for the reader and the cook
    Nigella Lawson

About the author

Claudia Roden

Claudia Roden is a cookbook writer and anthropologist based in the UK. She grew up in Cairo and studied in both Paris and London.

She has published multiple bestsellers including the international award-winning The Book of Jewish Food, and she revolutionised Western attitudes to Middle Eastern cuisines in 1968 with her bestselling cookbook, A Book of Middle Eastern Food.

Aside from her writing career Roden has presented cookery shows on the BBC and she is co-chair of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery.
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