52 Shabbats

Friday Night Dinners Inspired by a Global Jewish Kitchen

Faith Kramer

About the Book

Welcome to the Shabbat Table

52 Shabbats: Friday Night Dinners Inspired by a Global Jewish Kitchen invites everyone, regardless of religious background, to honor the tradition of Shabbat with a special meal on Friday evenings. Whether you celebrate as a single, part of a couple, or with family members and or friends, each of the more than 90 modern recipes will add flavor and meaning to the table. The recipes, which have been inspired by Jewish communities around the world, add flavor and meaning to the Shabbat or holiday table, and offer a holistic scope of the Shabbat tradition for every reader, Jewish or otherwise. The book also explores holidays and symbolism of the Jewish calendar with new, seasonal recipes that explore old food ways as well as step-by-step directions for some of the fundamentals of Jewish cooking such as Friday Night Challah, Chicken Soup, and Almost Homemade Hummus. Faith Kramer outlines recipe pairings in a mix-and-match friendly format, incorporating easy substitutes throughout the cookbook to make Shabbat accessible for all lifestyles. If you have ever thought about starting, sharing, or expanding your celebration of Shabbat, or just adding to your Jewish food repertoire with dishes such as Pomegranate Molasses Brisket, Matzah Ball and Pozole Soup, or Sweet-and-Tart Silan-Roasted Carrots with Lentils, let 52 Shabbats be your guide.

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$32.50 USD • $43.50 CA
232 Pages • 7 x 9 • ISBN 9781951412180


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256 Pages • 7 x 9 • ISBN 9781951412265

Book Reviews

People Say

    Some people may be content with the same menu every week, but Kramer is evidently not.

    She embraces not only particular dishes from countries where Jews have lived and adapted to the culinary culture, but also particular ingredients from those cuisines. Kramer’s recipes are rooted in classic Jewish preparations and have familiar-sounding names, but her unique spin often completely transforms them into something new.

    Julie Giuffrida

    What a joy it is to read and cook from Faith Kramer’s 52 Shabbats!

    Her wonderfully creative recipes, like her roast chicken with leek-and-mint fritters inspired by a Greek-Jewish grandmother to her spicy beef tzimmes with Mexican and Eastern European flavors, are grounded in favorite foods of the global Jewish kitchen and come with fascinating stories of their origins. I look forward to including some of them in my Shabbat celebrations.

    1,000 Jewish Recipes and Feast from the Mideast

    First of all, I love this book. Before I even got to the recipes, I was engulfed in so much warmth and well being from the stories.

    I felt at home, among all of the ways of being Jewish, throughout the world. This book is truly a joy: to read, to taste and I can't wait to cook and eat from it. Its like all of my favorite life-long cookbooks: a personal letter, from your kitchen, like a best friend. A best friend with great recipes and stories.

    The Complete Guide to Traditional Jewish Cooking

    Kramer captures the particular culinary and convivial delights that come along with experiencing a Shabbat dinner, and expands those delights out to anyone open to sharing them.

    The Jewish Cookbook | Modern Jewish Cooking

    52 Shabbats is a beautiful book!

    Faith offers a fascinating, mouthwatering journey of Jewish cuisine in her inspired collection of recipes, blending time-honored and personal traditions, rich in flavors from around the world, elevating the classics into the spectacular. Not just for Shabbat and not just for Jews, 52 Shabbats is a unique - and accessible - collection of recipes for every night or for a celebration.

    Orange Appeal | Isolation Baking

    52 Shabbats is an informative, treat-laden cookbook full of ideas for those who want to set their weekly holiday tables in style.

    Honoring traditional tastes and suggesting delectable twists on family favorites, Kramer’s smart and seasonal cookbook introduces enough recipes to feed its audience well throughout the year. Though the book includes instructions for classics like tzimmes, hummus, latkes, and challah, it prioritizes fusion dishes that highlight the worldwide spread of the Jewish community.

    Michelle Anne Schingler

    I’ve had the pleasure of dining at Faith's table many times.

    Her inventive dishes are always packed with flavor. Now I can see how she does it and try the recipes myself. Pomegranate Molasses Brisket will be first on a long list.

    Will Write for Food

    Kramer ventures into new territory with a wealth of information, not just for Jews, but also for anyone who appreciates world flavors, history & great techniques.

    The book begins with explanations of the Jewish diaspora from all nations, how the food evolved, and the overall dictates of keeping kosher. Then the pièces de résistance: memorable dishes like lamb-hummus bowls, falafel pizza with feta and herbs, and raisin-and-almond twirls.

    Barbara Jacobs

    Faith Kramer illustrates how history and location have influenced Shabbat over the centuries.

    Her writing and directions are clear and approachable with essays that are compelling. Faith has included recipes that not only have you rethinking Shabbat but dinner year-round.

    The King's English Bookshop

About the Author

Meet Faith Kramer

Faith Kramer is a food writer and recipe developer concentrating on the food ways, history, and customs of the Jewish diaspora.

She develops recipes and writes about Jewish customs and food as well as travel, and global ingredients.

As a columnist for j., the Jewish News of Northern California, she writes articles on food and cooking along with original recipes.

She is also a monthly food columnist for her local synagogue’s newsletter. She has a blog that chronicles her early exploration of international and Jewish food.

Faith has taught cooking classes on food from around the world, presented programs on Jewish customs, celebrations, and holidays, and led food-related walking tours that explore the economic, geographic, and political underpinnings of the food as well as how to use international ingredients in other contexts.

She lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Dear friends, It’s my honor to share these recipes and traditions with you. I look forward to hearing your feedback, and hope this book will help cultivate depth & meaning at your family table. Shabbat Shalom, Faith Kramer


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    Friday Night Dinners Inspired by a Global Jewish Kitchen

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