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Video: Joan Nathan's Roast Chicken

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James Beard Award-winning cookbook author Joan Nathan shows us how to prepare a fuss-free roast chicken in this video we caught over on The Tablet. More

Polish Hanukkah Apple Cake

Serious Eats Caroline Russock 10 comments

I'd never really given much thought to why apple cake was synonymous with Jewish desserts until reading the intro to this Polish Hanukkah Apple Cake from Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous by Joan Nathan. As it turns out, the Jewish part comes from the fact that the cake is parve (made without dairy) and therefore acceptable in a meal served for the main course. More

Hutzel Wecken

Serious Eats Caroline Russock 2 comments

Up until recently my repertoire of Hanukkah edibles consisted of potato latkes (obviously), jelly-filled doughnuts, and little bags of chocolate coins a.k.a. Hanukkah gelt. But while perusing Joan Nathan's Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous I came across a less familiar Hanukkah treat, Hutzel Wecken, a dense, fruit studded bread from the Alsace region of France. More

Brisket with Ginger, Orange Peel, and Tomato

Serious Eats Caroline Russock 1 comment

The lemon and orange zest permeates the meat with bright citrus, the cider vinegar and white wine add a slightly sour note, and the ginger lends the tiniest kick. And like any brisket recipe worth its salt, it comes out of the oven exactly two and a half hours later fork-tender, ready to be sliced, sauced, and served with the sweet carrots that have been cooking in the braising liquid. More

Brandade Potato Latkes

Serious Eats Caroline Russock 7 comments

Since I was on the prowl for Hanukkah recipes in Joan Nathan's Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous, a good latke was the first order of business. Nathan has three different potato pancake preparations in the book, but for me, these Brandade Potato Latkes truly capture the spirit of a French-accented Hanukkah celebration. The recipe combines brandade, a whipped cod spread popular in the South of France with a mashed potato latke. More

Foie Haché

Serious Eats Caroline Russock 2 comments

This French version of chopped liver from Joan Nathan's Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous is a slightly more rustic version of the Jewish pâté, adding onions caramelized in chicken fat to the mix of roughly chopped livers and hard boiled eggs. The caramelized onions are a Polish touch and work wonders with the rich liver, adding a wonderfully deep sweetness that makes the livers somehow even more decadent. More

Cook the Book: 'Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous'

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When it comes to cooking for the Jewish holidays, around here Joan Nathan is our go-to for the best of the best. And for this year's Hanukkah celebrations we are happy to bring you a week's worth of recipes from Nathan's latest, Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous, an absolutely gorgeous and fascinating new cookbook all about her search for Jewish cooking in France. Enter to win a copy here. More

Rosh Hashanah Recipes

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When we wanted to find some seriously delicious recipes for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year that begins tonight at sunset, we immediately reached out to Joan Nathan and Arthur "The Food Maven" Schwartz. Both Joan and Arthur have been our go-to sources for Jewish holiday cooking; their brisket and honey cake recipes continue to elicit oohs and ahhs from family members. Shanah Tovah! More

Delicious Ways to Break the Fast on Yom Kippur

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[Photograph: Robyn Lee] I'm going to 'fess up here. I don't fast the way you're supposed to on Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of repentance that begins on Sunday night. Not that I don't have plenty to repent for—it's just that I've decided to repent while eating. But even though I don't fast I still look forward to a traditional (or even untraditional) Break Fast meal. On Monday night we were invited to break the fast with some good friends of ours who live in our apartment building. They'll have a fantastic platter of smoked fish, bagels, and cream cheese, which is the traditional break fast meal in my experience. But to kick it up a notch, Jewish-style, we're... More

Elegant and Easy Gourmet Gefilte Fish Pâté

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Joan Nathan's Rosh Hashanah Greatest Hits

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Apples and honey for a sweet new year. [Flickr: ForestForTrees] When we wanted to find some seriously delicious recipes for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, I immediately reached out to Joan Nathan, the queen (not named Esther) of Jewish cooking in this country. My wife and I have repeatedly cooked for both of our families from three of Joan's cookbooks: Jewish Cooking in America, Jewish Holiday Cookbook, and The New American Cooking. The finished dishes never fail to elicit oohs and ahhs, even from my brothers, who are certainly among the world's toughest lay food critics. Pay particular attention to Jim Cohen's Sephardic Brisket It will convince you that dried apricots and prunes are perfect complements to beef... More

Plum Pie (Zwetschgenkuchen)

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My Mother's Chicken Escarole Soup

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Matzo Balls

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Jim Cohen's Sephardic Brisket

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Smoked Fish, Eggs, and Onions

Serious Eats Ed Levine 2 comments

This recipe, adapted from Joan Nathan's Jewish Cooking in America, comes straight from one of my favorite breakfast or brunch spots in New York, Barney Greengrass. There they make this recipe with sturgeon, nova (smoked salmon), and even whitefish. I... More

Tom Colicchio: He Cooks, He Hosts, He Saves Lives

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According to the Internet Food Association, Top Chef co-host Tom Colicchio was cooking at best-selling cookbook author (Jewish Cooking in America) Joan Nathan's house at one of the Art, Food, Hope dinners Alice Waters and Ayelet Waldman --> put together to benefit D.C. Central Kitchen and Martha's Table, when Nathan started to choke on a piece of food. Colicchio sprang into action and performed the Heimlich maneuver on Nathan. She was impressed: "He's strong." He's a triple threat, that Tom. He cooks (at least every other Tuesday these days), he hosts, and he saves lives. Plus, he even blogs these days. Our hero, and Joan's too, obviously. Related Meet & Eat: Tom Colicchio Who's Hotter: Young Colicchio or Young Bourdain?... More

LIVE: The James Beard Awards

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5:57 PM: Mario Batali is not nervous. 6:01 PM: Jean-Georges Vongerichten looking dapper as usual. 6:05 PM: Cokie Roberts is an extraordinarily gracious and charming host.... More

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