Moving memoir of a woman coming to terms with her past and where she wants to go in her future, in terms of her spirituality. She is Jewish and is slowly becoming more observant. She spends time with her mother in law and learns her recipes. The recipes are included in the book and the stories behind them make them even better. She really weighs the benefits of the changes she is making in her life, especially how it will effect her children and how she wants them to grow up and carry on traditions. I found her views on what it means to be a mother to be insightful and feeling.
Beautiful book--Jewish recipes included. I love the stories and that everything , as in my home, is pretty much based in the kitchen. Life for this family was important to preserve traditions, Miriam, a Holocaust survivor has preserved these on pages for us to enjoy also. I loved this book.
Food memoirs often delve into the meaning of life. This hardly surprises--memories are as essential to daily life as the food that sustains us.
Miriam's Kitchen blends recipes and food reminiscences with family narratives and observations about the author's personal evolution as a Jew. Ehrlich weaves the stories from four generations of family life..
Recipes for Honey Cake, Noodle Pudding, and many others are buried treasures hidden among Ehrlich's intense words. amazon review
I did not read this book... I received it from a friend who wanted me to post it. It is about a Jewish American who identified with Jewish culture but did not relate to religious practices until she began cooking with her Miriam, her Holoscaust surviving mother-in-law.
"Like many Jewish Americans Elizabeth Erlich was ambivalent about her background. She identified with Jewish cultural attitudes, but not with the institutions; she had fond memories of her Jewish grandmothers, but she found their religious practices irrelevant to her life. It wasn't until she entered the kitchen - and world - of her mother-in-law, Miriam, a Holocaust survivor, that Ehrlich began to understand the importance of preserving the traditions of the past.
This is an amazing self discovery journey and a really good read.