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"Silver's single-subject work of social history has been shaped with skill and nuance and--to continue chewing on the metaphor--seasoned with sharp humor and deep affection, not just for the pastry but for all the people whose lives it has touched. . . . Her voice is energetic and deeply personal. . . . An accomplished piece of research shared in a delightfully readable way."--Kirkus Reviews

"Silver has a good time on her quest for the knish, and readers will too." --Chicago Jewish Star

"Her book is a heartfelt and amusing read that begins with a journey to connect with a food she shared with her late grandmother . . . .Silver herself is a thoroughly funny, modern woman, but with the soul of a bubbe." --Paula Shoyer, Jewish Food Experience

"[T]he Mark Kurlansky of the knish" --New York Observer

"Whimsical, mouthwatering and edifying" --Sam Roberts, New York Times

"A whimsical, mouthwatering and edifying odyssey through New York neighborhoods and beyond."--Sam Roberts, New York Times

"[T]he Mark Kurlansky of the knish"--New York Observer

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A whimsical, mouthwatering and edifying odyssey through New York neighborhoods and beyond. Sam Roberts, "New York Times""

"If you need to know anything about the knish, this is your book." "Forward""

[T]he Mark Kurlansky of the knish "New York Observer""

Silver s single-subject work of social history has been shaped with skill and nuance and to continue chewing on the metaphor seasoned with sharp humor and deep affection, not just for the pastry but for all the people whose lives it has touched. . . . Her voice is energetic and deeply personal. . . . An accomplished piece of research shared in a delightfully readable way. "Kirkus Reviews""

About the Author

LAURA SILVER is an award-winning journalist whose writing on food and culture has appeared in the New York Times and the Forward and on NPR. Laura has been a writer in residence at the Millay Colony, the Banff Centre, and the New York Public Library. She is considered the world s leading expert on the knish."

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5.0 out of 5 stars Review 21 May 2014
By Ed Levy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Growing up in New Jersey, we got our knishes at Tabatchnick's (now, like the knish, available in frozen), and it was only later when I discovered my roots in New York (and still later, like Ms. Silver, in Bialystock), that I began to see the connections between that warm, comforting feeling in the stomach only a knish can induce and the long rich history, the entire gestalt, from whence it came. This book continues that process for me, but while there is ample nostalgia, and even sadness for the lost world, there is also a kind of John McPhee-like celebration of the minute details of a subject, for its own sake. As with McPhee, the topic is in a way just a pretext for good writing, intelligence, wit, and a love for the particulars. It's the going back and forth between foreground and background that produces the effect. Reading Knish, I was reminded of Tabatchnick's, but I also got the same thrill I feel from Google Earth. You zoom way in on the tiniest corner of the world, a potato-filled pastry with too many calories that reminds you of your childhood, and then seamlessly and effortlessly out again, to the global context, to San Francisco, Jerusalem, Paris, Warsaw, Riga, and to a whole, global cast of characters past and present who are part of the human diaspora.--Ed Levy
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I don't know from knishes..... but.... 24 July 2014
By calvados man - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I don't know from knishes...... This book is not just about knishes - read carefully and be attentive. This is not a "beginning middle end" "knishtory". Knish is about our past, about memories that are fading, about putting flesh on a fragment of memory, faces on shadows and meaning in our souls. Laura Silver skillfully takes on a journey - a trip to what is behind the fading memories of the voices of our parents, grandparents and all the faceless men and women who came before. This is a story about bakeries making Pasties for Copper Miners on the Michigan Upper Peninsula, now gone and mines desolate. The Amish "Sticky Bun" shop under the Frankford "El" stop in Philly, the Polish butcher making his sausages.. about things that were and are no more. No they're not in this book - they are our own "Mrs Stahl's Knishes. As you devour this literary delight you too will your favorite memory. Silver seduces us into these memories and we too add to the list of shadows.

Knish is about a time, a space, the humanity of place, of hopes, and about keeping the memories. America, Poland, Russia,dancing,singing, Seders, Eleanor Roosevelt, weddings, cocktail parties.... It is a story - an unfinished one - And there is a knish recipe in this "cook book".

I don't know from knishes - but I know a good read. Silver delivers this in abundance.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The author honors her late grandmother and the humble treat they would enjoy together by mulling the origins and histories of bo 13 Sept. 2014
By Seth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Laura Silver's dogged search for anything knish will appeal to anyone who's ever associated a specific food with a cherished memory. The author honors her late grandmother and the humble treat they would enjoy together by mulling the origins and histories of both. In the process she tells stories of families beyond her own, and as these lineages run parallel, intertwine, and continue in ways unknowable, previously feared ends are replaced with futures. This delightful book is much like its subject - a little flaky on the outside and deeply nourishing within.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book coupled with fun bike tour 10 Mar. 2015
By D. Weiner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is the ultimate authority on knishs! The photos take the reader on a tour through history, and the depth of research / knowledge is incredible. This is a great gift for the historian or Jewish food lover in your life.
We also had the incredible pleasure of taking a KNISH BIKE TOUR through lower Manhattan with the author, Laura Silver. What a treat! Laura led us on bikes to 4 different locations around the Lower East Side and provided us with 4 very different experiences with different types of knish. We have lived in Manhattan for more than a decade, less than a mile from some of these locations, and never knew they existed. It was a delicious and educational experience - if you are in NYC we highly recommend you reach out to Laura to set up your own bike tour.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is my first Knish Cookbook. It sits on ... 4 April 2015
By Liba - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is my first Knish Cookbook. It sits on my cookbook bookcase together with my kugel cookbooks.We tend to make the same recipes over & over again. This book will get me out of my rut and enable to try other interesting variations. There are so many recipes I want to try. All I need is more time to pick one and prepare it. Finding people to eat the resultant delicacy will not be a problem.
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