Miriam's Kitchen

Miriam’s Kitchen

A Memoir

Format
ePub
Price
$12.99
 
Additional Formats
  • ePub
  • ISBN 9781101119167
  • 384 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult

Overview

Like many Jewish Americans, Elizabeth Ehrlich was ambivalent about her background. She identified with Jewish cultural attitudes, but not with the institutions; she had fond memories of her Jewish grandmothers, but she found their religious practices irrelevant to her life. It wasn?t until she entered the kitchen–and world–of her mother-in-law, Miriam, a Holocaust survivor, that Ehrlich began to understand the importance of preserving the traditions of the past. As Ehrlich looks on, Miriam methodically and lovingly prepares countless kosher meals while relating the often painful stories of her life in Poland and her immigration to America. These stories trigger a kind of religious awakening in Ehrlich, who–as she moves tentatively toward reclaiming the heritage she rejected as a young woman–gains a new appreciation of life?s possibilities, choices, and limitations.

Table of Contents

Introduction

September—Longing
September (Journal)
A Coal Stove
Egg Salad
Yom Kippur
How to Keep a Kosher Kitchen
Honey Cake

October—Diaspora
October (Journal)
Cholent
Zion
Irish Mary
Miriam’s Kitchen
Yiddish

November—Native Ground
November (Journal)
Old Neighborhood
Stuffed Cabbage
Apple Cake

December—Inheritance
December (Journal)
Wedding Ring
Suitcase
Ribbon
Mandelbrot
Christmas Goose

January—Obligation
January (Journal)
Paris
Too Busy
Chocolate Cake
Charity
Baked Apples

February—Observance
February (Journal)
Chicken Soup
Revisionism
A Pebble
Cake

March—Miracles
March (Journal)
A Simcha
Kosher Style
Confinement

April—Female Religion
April (Journal)
Baby Naming
Puberty
Passover
The Soul in the Dumpling
Passover Egg Noodles
Salt-Free

May—Decisions
May (Journal)
Ironing the Kitchen
The Book of Ruth
Noodle Kugel
Grocery Shopping
Mikvah

June—The Life Force
June (Journal)
She Wanted a Girl to Have Them
Drugstore
Israel
Sex

July—Community
July (Journal)
Kosher Day to Day
Bungalow
Potato Pudding
Sitting Shiva

August—Words and Deeds
August (Journal)
Moving
Why There Is No Recipe for Aunt Dora’s Honey Cake
Doubt
Bacon?
Summer Squash

September—Continuity
September (Journal)
Sabbath
Sponges

Acknowledgments
A Note on Transcription
Index

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