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When most home cooks think of Jewish food, a few classics come to mind: matzo ball soup, brisket, challah and maybe a babka if you’re feeling ambitious. But as food writer and self-described nice Jewish boy, Jake Cohen demonstrates in his stunning debut cookbook, Jew-ish: a Cookbook – Reinvented Recipes from a Modern Mensch, that Jewish food is so much more. In his book, Jake reinvents the food of his Ashkenazi heritage and draws inspiration from his husband’s Persian-Iraqi traditions to offer recipes that are modern, fresh and enticing for a whole new generation of readers. Jew-ish is a brilliant collection of delicious recipes, and also a guidebook to building community. As Jake reconciles ancient traditions with modern times, his recipes become a celebration of a rich and vibrant history, a love story of blending cultures, and an invitation to gather around the table and create new memories with family, friends and loved ones.
Jake Cohen is a bright new star in the food world, a former food staffer at Saveur, then food editor of Tasting Table and Time Out New York, and most recently the editorial and test kitchen director of social media juggernaut the FeedFeed (@thefeedfeed).