Hi I’m Amy Kritzer and welcome to What Jew Wanna Eat! Your source for home cooked (sometimes) kosher goodness. My first cookbook came out September 5th, 2016! I also own ModernTribe.com; check it out for funny Jewish gifts and modern Judaica. Woo hoo!
I have always enjoyed cooking and baking, but needed a new goal, a challenge, to get back to my culinary roots. So, I called up Bubbe Eleanor and pleaded for her to send me her best recipes. Stat!
Growing up, I loved cooking with my Bubbe- braiding challah bread, rolling out rugleach, the works! Bubbe is not one to dally, and imagine my delight when a few days later I had hundreds of glorious recipes in my mailbox. Brisket, latkes, rugelach, challah, kugel and more! Mazel! So I stocked my kitchen with schmaltz and matzo meal, and have made it my goal to try one recipe a week, with my own personal twist on each.
I loved cooking these recipes so much, I quit my corporate job and went to culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu in Austin. Now I spend my days teaching speaking about Jewish food and my journey, developing recipes for brands, and working on ModernTribe. My recipes have been featured in Cosmopolitan, Bon Appetit, The Today Show and others. In 2012 I was a finalist in Daily Candy’s Start Small, Go Big Contest and was even on an episode of Guy’s Grocery Games in 2017! After Austin, I spent a short stint in San Francisco where I met a NJB who whisked me away to Puerto Rico! Now I’m living the island life.
What is Jewish food? Good question. And a little tricky. Cuisine that has evolved through the cooking traditions of Jews around the world, influenced by kosher living and traditional holidays. It’s diverse and everchanging and that’s what makes it fun! As Jews have spread around the world, they have picked up ingredients and recipes that altered Jewish cuisine. Today, when I asked people I’m speaking to, what is Jewish food, I get answers from latkes to Chinese food on Christmas and I love that. Just because we consider food Jewish, does not mean it isn’t also Russian or Iranian or Polish too. No matter your religion, I hope you enjoy these tasty recipes! My modern interpretations of classic recipes bring new light to old favorites and I love bringing ingredients from other cultures to create a whole new unique cuisine.
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