The Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook.
The Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook
Fania Lewando, author
Eve Jochnowitz, translator
c/o Random House Publishing Group
1745 Broadway, 17th floor, New York, NY 10019
9780805243277, $30.00, 272 pp, www.amazon.com
Translated from the Yiddish, annotated and adapted for the modern kitchen by Eve Jochnowitz, "The Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook: Garden-Fresh Recipes Rediscovered and Adapted for Today's Kitchen" showcases authentic Yiddish cuisine originally compiled and presented by Fania Lewando--a pioneering thinker and cook who was a passionate educator and devoted her life to promoting health and vitality. Enhanced with the inclusion of beautifully painted vegetables, the individual recipes are deftly organized into sections featuring Salads; Soups; Cutlets; Stewed Dishes; Miscellaneous Dishes; Blintzes (Stuffed Crepes); Omelets; Porridges; Frittatas; Kugels with Cholents; Puddings; Latkes; Passover Foods; Substantial Puddings; Sauces and Creams; Stuffed Foods; Baked Goods; Jams and Preserves; Turnovers; Compotes and Desserts; Glazes and Garnishes for Cakes; Coffee, Buttermilk, and Yogurt; Marinated Foods; Ices; Wine, Mead, and Liqueur; Vitamin Drinks and Juices. "The Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook" is further enhanced for contemporary kitchen cooks with the inclusion of three commentaries (A Lot Treasure from Jewish Vilna by Efraim Sicher; To the Housewife--A Few Words and Practice Advice by Fania Lewando; Vegetarianism as a Jewish Movement by Ben-Zion Kit); and concluding with 'Excerpts from the Guest Book in Fania Lewando's Vegetarian-Dietetic Restaurant; Biographical Sketches from the Guest Book; and a comprehensive Index. "The Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook" is an extraordinary culinary compendium and will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to personal, professional, community, and academic library cookbook collections. It should be noted that "The Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook" is also available in a Kindle edition ($12.79).