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The Oy of Cooking: Passover with the CookMobile

BKLYN CookMobile is a cooking program for teens and other beginners. We cook our way through Brooklyn’s diverse cultural heritages, with an eye to scientific inquiry and food justice. Naturally, we relish holiday ceremony and celebration! Here’s what we recommend for Passover:

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Leave me alone with the recipes : the life, art, and cookbook of Cipe Pineles


Peneles was the first female art director at Conde Nast. If her style looks familiar, it’s because food illustrators are influenced by her work to this day, often without knowing it. This is Peneles’ personal catalog of Jewish recipes with her gorgeous food illustrations and hand-drawn type. Brisket has never looked so good.


by Yotam Ottolenghi. |

My family eschews gefilte fish for mackerel or herring. There’s no better accompaniment to these than Ottolenghi’s Beet, Yogurt and Preserved Lemon Relish. Use this one for bright, fresh salads to lighten up the Seder spread.

The Mile End cookbook

Noah & Rae Bernamoff ; with Michael Stokes & Richard Maggi. |

Mile End is the historically Jewish neighborhood in Montreal, where, PS, I had the best pastrami sandwich of my life. While rye bread is NOT Kosher for Passover, matzoh certainly is, and you will find a brilliant recipe for baking your own here. I guarantee you’ll never go back to Streit’s.

Joan Nathan's Jewish holiday cookbook

Joan Nathan. |

You’re going to need matzoh balls, and you will find no less than four recipes here – from Russia to South Africa. How about haroset recipes from Persia, Egypt, Yemen, Italy, and Surinam? This book is an omnibus of Jewish holiday recipes from around the world.

The cooking gene : a journey through African-American culinary history in the Old South

Twitty, Michael, 1977- author. | EBOOKS

Among the many historical lessons in The Cooking Gene, Twitty gives close examination to how Black food and Jewish food intersect over the diaspora of both cultures, and, at Passover, over the “ancient lessons of slavery versus freedom.” No recipes here, but plenty of food for the soul.

Russ & Daughters

Mark Russ Federman ; foreword by Calvin Trillin. |

Know what’s totally Kosher for Passover? Latkes. The recipe in this history from the Lower East Side’s appetizing emporium is perfect: savory, crispy, puffy. Also worth reading for Federman’s hilarious customer stories.