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2.0 out of 5 stars The Book of Jewish Food, 6 Feb. 2014
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The book is greatly over-priced. I am one of those people who like reading cookery books and try different cuisines but I was not impressed with this one.
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Initial post: 30 Sep 2014, 23:03:06 BST
boo says:
Not very helpful. It's not exactly THAT expensive and it is a very comprehensive book. Not quite clear why you are not impressed with it either. Lack of information? Lack of recipes? Lack of authenticity? Certainly not the case. The only thing it doesn't have is pretty photos. Maybe that's why you are not impressed?

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Oct 2014, 08:02:19 BST
Last edited by the author on 1 Oct 2014, 08:11:20 BST
P W. says:
I do not want to get into discussion about the book. I have written my review and that is the end of the matter. Thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Oct 2014, 10:30:22 BST
Angela says:
I'm afraid I too found this review a more than a bit useless.

It reads like it was written by a competitor looking for flaws and not finding any!

Posted on 26 May 2015, 22:06:20 BST
S. Rutter says:
Perhaps an anti-semite? One of the best cookbooks I have and I have a lot.

Posted on 13 Jan 2016, 11:35:29 GMT
Last edited by the author on 13 Jan 2016, 11:40:35 GMT
Enthusiast says:
I have just found a second hand copy on Abebooks for £5.70. If you are OK with second hand books - and most cookery books get pretty messy with use anyway - this strikes me as good value. I agree that new, it does not appear cheap, but I haven't read it yet: perhaps it is so brilliant that it is still worth the price.

Posted on 16 Jan 2016, 17:16:45 GMT
Enthusiast says:
At 580 pages, this book is hardly poor value if you get it second hand in hardback as I did: at £5.70, this is less than 1p per page, and it is crammed with recipes and interesting historical comments on Jewish cooking. But tastes differ. As for the comment that this criticism is anti-semitic, clearly if PW had been anti-semitic he (or she) would never have bought the book in the first place, so that accusation is self-evidently false. Incidentally, I wish people would drop this habit of calling anything critical of Jewishness, or even of writers who happen to be Jewish, as anti-semitic. It trivializes the word, and devalues its impact against those who really are prejudiced against Jews. It's like the use of "Fascist" to describe anyone you disagree with, common when I was young (thankfully, less so now).
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