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A Taste of Challah, by Tamar Ansh

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A Taste of Challah Cookbook by Tamar Ansh

A Taste of Challah Cookbook by Tamar Ansh

Feldheim Publishers

The Bottom Line

In A Taste of Challah – A Comprehensive Guide to Challah and Bread Making, Tamar Ansh teaches and inspires. With clear, detailed instructions and more than 350 photographs, the cookbook enables novice bakers to create beautiful and delicious loaves. In addition, the Jewish laws, blessings, rituals and stories in the book are encouraging of Jewish women. The book makes a gorgeous gift for anyone - from bat mitzvah girl to senior bubbe - who likes to bake and wants to add Jewish flavor to their home.
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Pros

  • Everything about challah and bread making in one beautifully designed book
  • Recipes and challah-shaping instructions are clear and detailed
  • More than 350 beautiful photographs guide the baker
  • Sensitive to differences between baking in America and Israel
  • More than a cookbook as it includes content meant to inspire Jewish women

Cons

  • The book should offer more challah recipes (with eggs, sugar-free, smaller yield...)
  • Bread-making is a time-consuming task which might not interest some people

Description

  • This comprehensive guide to challah and bread making is unique in its depth and breadth on the subject.
  • Clear, detailed instructions and more than 350 photographs gently guide bakers through the challah making process.
  • Attention is given to the bread's taste and appearance in tips for picture-perfect challah.
  • The book provides a great variety of shapes for the challah, including napkin rings and bread baskets.
  • Recipes for other breads and desserts - from Gluten-Free Bread to Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls - are included.
  • The book covers the spiritual, religious, cultural, and historical aspects of challah baking in the Jewish world.
  • The book remembers to address those baking in America as well as those Israel, especially in the measurements section.

Guide Review - A Taste of Challah, by Tamar Ansh

Surprise! That is what I felt when I opened A Taste of Challah by Tamar Ansh. With the growth of my family, I became a devoted member of the "why spend hours baking something that costs pennies to buy" club. But after leafing through this gorgeous book, I quit the club forever. A Taste of Challah – A Comprehensive Guide to Challah and Bread Making, Tamar Ansh teaches and inspires.

The book gently guides the reader through the challah making process by breaking the process down into simple steps. With clear and detailed instructions and more than 350 photographs, the book enables novice bakers to create beautiful and delicious loaves that fill the home with a fresh-baked aroma and inviting warmth.

The book contains a basic and fool-proof challah recipe as well as instructions for braiding the dough into a variety of shapes. Some of the more unique shapes in the book are Pull-Apart Challah, Napkin Ring Challah, Flower-Shaped Challah Rolls, and – drum roll please - Bread Basket Challah.

In addition to challah, the book contains recipes for other breads and desserts, such as Gluten-Free Bread, Tofu Bread Sticks, Oatmeal Raisin Bread, Bagels, Filled Doughnuts and even Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls.

A Taste of Challah is much more than just a cookbook, however. The book covers the spiritual, religious, cultural, and historical aspects of challah baking in the Jewish world. The book contains Jewish law, blessings, rituals and stories related to making challah. If today’s hi-tech, fast food world has succeeded to distance us from those basic tasks and homemade foods that used to fill our senses and uplift our spirits, this unique and sensational book calls us back.

Whether a bat mitzvah girl or a senior bubbe, anyone who enjoys baking and wants to add Jewish flavor to their home would enjoy A Taste of Challah .
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