While I obviously have a penchant for cookbooks, I always have a special place in my heart (and on my shelf) for cookbooks that are put together as a team effort, to help fundraise for a meaningful cause. I love the story behind this cookbook. A few woman took matters of fundraising for their husbands’ school into their own hands. A few years ago, they got together and did a mass mailing with a small, but tried and true, collection of their favorite Pesach recipes. The response was better than expected, and the following year a new set of recipes was sent out. While I was not one of the lucky recipients of these wonderful booklets, I did hear about them and people seemed to love the recipes that were included. This dedicated group of women sent out booklets year after year, with new and innovative recipes that became family favorites. I was excited to hear that these recipes were going to be put compiled into a book, as I finally would be able to see and use some of these well loved ideas. The book does not disappoint. While many recipes are basic and quite simple, I think that many of them are plain enough to please even those who have the custom of using the bare minimum of ingredients, but there is also enough creativity to please even the advanced cook.
I will be adding this book to the pile of wonderful Pesach cookbooks that have been released over the past few years, and I’m sure I will enjoy it. But what I really love about this book is that it represents the message of Passover – a Jewish nation becoming one people. One nation that cares for one another and takes time out of their day and busy schedule to make sure that the institutions of Jewish learning can remain strong and available to all. Kudos to these women for a job well done!
Here’s two recipes from the book for you all to try!