FJC Cookbook Club
Feasting While Exploring and Discussing Jewish Cookbooks
Einat Admony’s Balaboosta: Bold Mediterranean Recipes to Feed the People You Love

Thursday, July 19 at Noon / for FJC Members Only
RSVP by July 12

Come to FJC to select a recipe or consult with Pamela Rothstein, who can help you select one and send it to you. We have two copies of the book, one of which can be taken on loan for a week. One copy should remain at FJC for those wishing to select a recipe.

FJC gets its own cookbook club! I have participated this past year in the Woods Hole Library’s Cookbook Club, joining after becoming intrigues by an article in the New York Times about a cookbook club on Martha’s Vineyard. Throughout these lovely, abundant dinners that feature a dish made by each participant, I couldn’t stop thinking that this would be an excellent fit for FJC members to gather in community, enjoy a beautiful meal, learn new recipes, and discuss the fascinating and exciting world of new Jewish cookbooks, restaurants, and chefs. There are so many outstanding new books that celebrate Sephardic, Israeli, kosher, deli food, plus Jewish baking, from deli ryes to newfangled babka.

Our first session featured Joan’s Nathan’s King Solomon’s Table.

July’s feast wand conversation will be based on Einat Admony’s Balaboosta.

New York restauranteur Einat Admony’s debut cookbook features 140 of the recipes she cooks for the people she loves―her children, her husband, and the many friends she regularly entertains. Here, Einat’s mixed Israeli heritage (Yemenite, Persian) seamlessly blends with the fresh, sophisticated Mediterranean palate she honed while working in some of New York City’s most beloved kitchens.

Recipes include exotic and exciting dinner-party dishes (harissa-spiced Moroccan fish, beet gnocchi), meals just for kids (chicken schnitzel, root veggie chips), healthy options (butternut squash and saffron soup, quinoa salad with preserved lemon and chickpeas), satisfying comfort food (creamy, cheesy potatoes, spicy chili), and so much more.

Select a recipe to prepare and bring, feast on everyone’s dishes, and discuss your recipe and the book, whose writing reflects Admony’s verve and directness.