Cucina Ebraica: Flavors of the Italian Jewish Kitchen

by Joyce Goldstein

ISBN-10: 0811819698
ISBN-13: 9780811819695
Region: Italy
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Date: August, 1998
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About Cucina Ebraica: Flavors of the Italian Jewish Kitchen

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For over 5,000 years, Jewish families have lived in Italy. The cuisine that developed in their households is a remarkable melange of kosher traditions and the distinctive flavors of Italy, the Middle East, and Spain. For the first time, this wonderfully rich, little-known culinary heritage is given the attention it has long deserved. With Cucina Ebraica, celebrated chef Joyce Goldstein offers a substantive collection of superb (and completely kosher) Italian Jewish dishes, as well as a compelling and important culinary history. Exploring the ancient intertwining of two venerable food traditions, we discover that many Italian dishes have Jewish roots. Familiar and yet entirely new, this is a robust and delicious new side of a beloved region’s cuisine. Filled with painterly photographs that evoke the richness of the Italian Jewish heritage, Cucina Ebraica is a mouthwatering collection of distinguished recipes, a reference on an extraordinary tradition, and an invitation to unexpected joys and secrets about both Italian and Jewish cookery.

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About Joyce Goldstein

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A consultant to the restaurant and food industries, Joyce’s areas of expertise are recipe development, menu design, and staff training. She improves existing recipes, adds new ones to complement the menu and works with culinary staff to refine flavors and execution.

For twelve years she was Chef and Owner of the ground-breaking Mediterranean Restaurant, SQUARE ONE, in San Francisco. Her menu presented the foods of Italy, Spain, France, Greece, Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa. SQUARE ONE won numerous prestigious industry awards for food, wine and service. She also ran the very successful Caffe Quadro which served pizza and sandwiches next door to her flagship SQUARE ONE.

Prior to SQUARE ONE, Joyce was chef of the Cafe at Chez Panisse for 3 years. She also served as Visiting Executive Chef of the Wine Spectator Restaurant at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in the Napa Valley.

Joyce was founder and director of the California Street Cooking School, San Francisco’s first international cooking school and taught kitchen design for the University of  California’s Department of Architecture. Joyce was elected to Who’s Who in Food in 1985. She was voted San Francisco FOCUS magazine’s Chef of the Year in 1992. She received the James Beard Award for Best Chef in California for 1993 and in 2005 was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from Women Chefs and Restaurateurs.

Joyce is a prolific cookbook author. Many of her books have won industry awards. See the Food for Thought Blog for more info about current books, recipes, and events She also writes for many magazines such as Fine Cooking, Cooking Light, Wine & Spirits, and Food & Wine, Vegetarian Times, and the Sommelier Journal. She currently contributes wine and food pairing columns for the San Francisco Chronicle.

Joyce is a Founding Member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs and serves on the Awards Committee for the James Beard Foundation.

Cookbooks by Joyce Goldstein

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