Holiday cooking

Holidays are a time of family gatherings. They anchor our lives, as well as connect us, over the years, with family and friends. Fond memories of favorite foods continue for generations during holiday times.

Cookies for Christmas : 50 cute & quick holiday treats
edited by Deanna F. Cook and the experts at FamilyFun magazine.
New York, N.Y. : Sterling, 2009.
This colorful collection of Christmas cookies is something to celebrate! With nearly 100,000 copies sold, it’s already a family favorite—and that’s no surprise with such scrumptious recipes as Chocolate Crinkles, Candy Cane Twists, Snowballs, and Raspberry Tarts to choose from. These cookies are as simple to bake as they are yummy to eat. Every recipe features steps that kids can easily handle, and ideas for variations that inspire creativity. Savor them, turn them into beautiful ornaments, or give them as a holiday gift—there’s excellent advice on wrapping and mailing them, too!
The Jewish princess feasts & festivals
Georgie Tarn & Tracey Fine.
New York : Sterling, c2009.
The Princesses are back in the kitchen and ready to COOK! So raise a glass, sayLechayim,and get ready.nbsp; Georgie Tarn and Tracey Fine, authors of the delightfulJewish Princess Cookbook, bring their culinary wisdom and irrepressible good spirits to a new enterprise.nbsp; This time, they’re cooking up memorable feasts for family and friends—and readers are invited to indulge in wonderful recipes for Purim, Passover, Rosh Hashanah, Chanukkah, and many other special holidays where food is central to the festivities. And there’s more: Tarn and Fine share great ideas for a Bris Brunch, Bar and Bat Mitvahs, weddings, and cozy, casual dinners that combine traditional Jewish dishes with nouveau recipes destined to become new “classics.” A heady concoction of wit, humor, charm, personal stories, and delicious recipes, this book finishes up with a must-see list of amusing Yiddishisms. And the colorful retro art used throughout is the icing on the (Melting Nutty Raspberry Meringue) cake!
My New Orleans : the cookbook : 200 of my favorite recipes & stories from my hometown
by John Besh.
Kansas City, Mo. : Andrews McMeel, c2009.
"My New Orleans" will change the way foodies look at cooking and at world-famous chef Besh. In 16 chapters of culture, history, essay and insight, and pure goodness, Besh tells the story of the Crescent City by the season and by the dish--more than 200 recipes.
All through the seasons : recipes & crafts.
Delaware : Ohio ; Birmingham, Ala. : Oxmoor House, c2009.
  1. Includes project and recipe indexes.
  2. "Over 500 yummy recipes, seasonal menus, heartwarming crafts and easy-to-make gifts" -- Cover, p.1.
Jacques Torres' a year in chocolate
Jacques Torres ; photographs by Steve Pool.
New York : Stewart, Tabori & Chang, c2008.
  1. "80 recipes for holidays and special occasions"--Jacket.
  2. Includes bibliographical references (p. 192) and index.
The Hadassah Jewish holiday cookbook : traditional recipes from contemporary kosher kitchens
Edited by Joan Schwartz Michel; photographs by Louis Wallach.
New York : Universe, 2008.
Should matzo balls be firm or fluffy? Plain or filled? Made with chicken fat, oil, or marrow? These questions and others are addressed in this recipe collection from the celebrated cooks of Hadassah, the Jewish women's volunteer organization. 250 recipes. 76 color photos.

Tradition at holiday time

"Holiday meals are a wonderful way to introduce your children to your family's roots."

(ideas from Lynn Fredericks)

Often the holiday celebration centers around a festive meal. Sharing classic foods, such as a roasted turkey for Thanksgiving is a tradition in holiday cooking. Add a little something extra by spreading sage butter on your turkey.  Maybe you will start a new tradition.

Christmas cooking traditions are similar to Thanksgiving, because both holidays can focus around a meal with a large roasted turkey. Cooks love to discover creative recipes for potatoes, artichokes, onions, mushrooms, and a turkey stuffing.  Just don't forget a delicious dessert.

Beef brisket, with caramelized onions and Merlot sauce, can become a favorite for a Jewish holiday dinner. For the best flavour, prepare this brisket a day before serving so it can be cut into thin slices when cold and then reheated.  Accompany this with hot, crispy, latkas (potato pancakes) served plain, or with sour cream or applesauce. 

Whether you are celebrating a cultural, national, or religious holiday, food is usually a main event. By selecting a cookbook on your specific holiday, a cook can appear to be a master chef to family and friends!

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff