Feed Me Bubbe

Avrom Honig and Bubbe

Review by Maron L. Waxman

This is your grandmother’s cooking, homestyle Jewish food that has been served for generations.  Bubbe, the grandmother of Avrom Honig, began a new career at eighty, when her grandson Avrom asked her to let him make a video of her cooking for a demo to help him find a media job. From a YouTube video, an online cooking show was born.

Practical and wholesome, Feed Me Bubbe is Jewish Cooking 101 with a supportive and experienced teacher who laces her lessons with personal anecdotes, advice, and a Yiddish word a day.  Chopped herring, brisket, chicken fricassee, stuffed cabbage, matzo brei, a variety of blintzes, kasha varnishkes, potato knishes—for everyone who craves the food of his or her grandmother, Feed Me Bubbe serves it up clearly and concisely.  The chapter on baking is particularly attractive, with easy-to-bake home cakes and cookies, highlighted by Bubbe’s signature Jelly Jammies.

But Bubbe is open to innovation, substituting tofu and low-fat ingredients to reduce cholesterol in classic dishes, enclosing kreplach in wonton wrappers, and embracing new flavors like honey mustard for baking salmon and lavash for Lox and Cream Cheese Rollups.  Like most skilled everyday cooks Bubbe uses ready-made ingredients judiciously—bouillon cubes if necessary to bolster chicken soup, packaged puff pastry, ketchup—to save time without sacrificing flavor.  All the recipes are kosher, with symbols indicating whether they’re meat, dairy, pareve, or for Passover.

To round out her book, Bubbe has a short list of her favorite Yiddish songs, which she suggests listening to while cooking; menus for the holidays and for everyday; a glossary of basic cooking words; and formulas for metric conversion. Although Bubbe doesn’t divulge her name or address, she does give a phone number and e-mail address to which readers can address questions.  Proudly old-fashioned, Feed Me Bubbe is a lively and relevant guide for the homestyle cook.  Index, photographs.

About chalutzproductions

Chalutz is the hebrew word for pioneer and the name fits since the online broadcasting world is an experience which Podcasters and Vidcasters were pioneering at the time of our creation.

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