A Celebration of Survival
By June Feiss Hersh
Ruder Finn Press in association with the Museum of Jewish Heritage
The opening page of this remarkable book is dedicated to "those who are here, and those who are not. I am forever humbled and honored to share your stories and recipes." Those poignant words by Hersh so aptly express our feelings after reading their stories and the recipes they shared. A collection of cherished heirloom recipes which reflect our Jewish heritage – journeying through the kosher kitchens of Poland, Austria, Germany, Belgium, France, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Romania, Russia, the Ukraine, and Greece. Even more so however, the recipes mirror the lives of survivors and the families that lived to share them. The stories are poignant, horrific, heartwarming recollections of life in Europe before, during, and after the Holocaust.
We suggest that Recipes Remembered is just as much a memorial to a time gone by, as it is a heritage cookbook. It is a storybook filled with delicious, meaningful recipes – some taken directly from stained index cards, from memory, and some lost but interpreted by 24 contemporary chefs. Your entire purchase of the book helps to safeguard this precious culinary history, share the legacy, and to benefit the Museum of Jewish Heritage.
Mike and Frania Faywlowicz, Poland (Sadly Frania passed away prior to the book’s publication) :Frania's Meat and Potato Cholent recipe.
Freda Lederer, Hungary: Passover Stuffed Cabbage
Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Germany: Celebration Cake
June Hersh is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. After two decades working in the family business, she found a new passion – Hersh combined her talent for cooking/writing, with her dedicated support of the Museum of Jewish Heritage by writing this book. She lives in New York with her husband and is currently working on her third book.
Susie Fishbein’s eloquent book jacket quote says it all:
“June Hersh offers us a rare gift in this cookbook. It is a testament to the Jewish human condition and its ability to transcend the past and move forward without forgetting. The survivor's stories of deep love and great loss moved me. The understanding that for many, these recipes are all that remains of large, close, precious families takes my breath away. The juxtaposition of their brave stories with recipes only makes what they endured even more unimaginable. May the food of their memories nourish our spirits"
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