First published in 1968, this is the "go to" cookbook for young singles, couples, and people who simply love food.
This iconic cookbook was a project of of Mount Sinai Chapter Montreal of B'nai Brith Women of Canada as it was then known. Sharing traditional recipes with simple and explicit instructions was the goal of the project. The members of Mount Sinai Chapter thought that this project would take a couple of months to complete and they would produce a simple cookbook that would be suitable for young brides.
This 'simple' project took 3 1/2 years to complete. It was an instant success and quickly become the 'go to' gift for showers and weddings, eventually for young adults moving into their first apartments and finally for anyone and everyone setting up a kitchen. The cookbook has become a collector's item and is desirable for its great recipes, historic value as well as for its sentimental value. The cookbook provides users with simple recipes of traditional Jewish foods that are beloved from generation to generation.
Now in it's 18th printing.
"Few cookbooks achieve the impact and reach of this 49-year-old compilation, now in its seventeenth printing. . . Over the years, the content has morphed. While originally written with little or no calorie control in mind and following Jewish dietary guidelines, later editions also featured chapters on low-cal dishes as well as microwave basics. Its nearly 700 recipes will, almost certainly, satisfy every palate and eating idiosyncrasy. There are no photographs, and recipes are crunched together, often four or more to a page. Helpfully, like dishes are grouped with like (e.g., apple pie-type offerings include crunch pie, tart, and turnovers). Expect past as well as up-to-the-minute trends to be reflected, chopped liver (five ways) and Jell-O desserts along with baked vegetables like cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. Each chapter is prefaced by helpful hints (Too salty? Add a potato to absorb); sample menus are provided, especially for the Jewish holidays; and even suggestions for "ill child" activities and birthday parties appear."
— Booklist about the 17th printing