Encyclopedia of Jewish Book Cultures Online

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Although Jewish culinary literature  has developed for centuries from various, legal, medical, culinary, and other sources, Jewish cookbooks first appeared in the 19th century. Transforming cultural ideals and the changing role of women at home and beyond brought the genre of modern Jewish cookbook to life. Modern Jewish cookbooks preserve traditional cooking practices, ideals of Jewish identification, acculturation, and class identity. Additionally, they record the diversity of Jewish culinary cultures.

Jewish cookbooks, and cookbooks (or cookery books) in gene…

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Rac, Katalin, “Cookbooks”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish Book Cultures Online, General Editor: Emile Schrijver. Consulted online on 23 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2772-4026_EJBO_SIM_031392>
First published online: 2022

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