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Recipes and Reflections from a Jewish Italian Life
By Marcia Friedman

In the introduction to this cookbook the author writes, “Sometimes food is more than just something to eat; for me, anyway, it is also memories, culture, bonds, creativity and connections.” Indeed it is, and Marcia Friedman recounts her multicultural roots through the pages of this book melding her authentic heirloom Italian recipes with traditional Jewish dishes, all tweaked for the kosher cook. The books title says it all.

From her dad Berney’s scrumptious Italian tomato sauce and meatballs, to her fresh and lively pesto (wonderful as a dip or on pasta), to her Italian sun-dried tomato and olive spread, each of the 100 recipes in the book reflects her rich Italian culinary background blended with her newly found devotion to Jewish cooking. “No matter where your cultural journey has taken you, the kitchen is always your best way home”.

In addition to seasonal recipes synched with the Jewish calendar, this soft cover book offers more than 60 full color photos. Marcia’s anecdotes and reflections introducing each of the recipe sections explore the author’s life journey, both culinary and personal. There are both classic and new recipes for soups, stews, breads, appetizers, pastas, grains, meat, poultry, fish, vegetables, desserts and Passover.

Meatballs and Matzah Balls bridges two cuisines and is an easy to follow guide for the kosher cook or any cook. If you are a fan of Italian food, you’ll love this book.

“Italian by birth and Jewish by choice, Marcia has amassed a delectable feast filled with nostalgic reflections from both traditions.”—Judy Bart Kancigor, author of Cooking Jewish.

The author, Marcia Friedman is a writer, editor, photographer, recipe developer, and home cook with more than 20 years experience in publishing. An accomplished cook and baker, she’s savored delving into both Jewish and Italian cooking. KosherEye agrees! Visit Marcia's website, and follow her here:   Facebook_logo_full_word_14pts    Twiller_logo_word_1_inch

Enjoy these Recipes from Meatballs and Matzoh Balls:

Berney's Sauce
Eggplant Caponata
Italian Meatballs
Italian Sun-Dried Tomato Spread

Free Giveaway

We thank  Marcia A. Friedman for sponsoring the Featured Cookbook and the FREE Giveaway!   
To enter, simply  email us at with "Meatballs and Matzah Balls" as your email subject and include your name and address; or comment below.

Giveaway limited to continental U.S. only. If not living in continental U.S, you can still enter and, if selected, "gift" your prize to a continental U.S. friend or relative. The winner will be notified by email. Once notified, the winner must respond within 48 hours or the prize will be awarded to the runner-up.

Good Luck and let this fabulous giveaway begin! One lucky winner will be randomly selected. Random Giveaway drawing ends 11:59PM, August 3rd, 2014.

Buy the book here: Meatballs and Matzah Balls: Recipes and Reflections from a Jewish and Italian Life - for gifting or for your cookbook library.

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