A Memoir By Elizabeth Ehrlich (361 Pages)Publisher: Penguin USA, 1997
From an assimilated family (where "Jewish meant holidays, books, civil rights and corned beef. God and shul had nothing to do with it."), Ehrlich makes the pilgrimage to her mother-in-law Miriam's kitchen to learn how to cook traditional Eastern European fare. But Miriam becomes the impetus for the author's journey from ambivalent "ethnic" Jew to a woman who brings observance and tradition into her home. Ehrlich's struggles to forge a link between her past and future and to build a Jewish life for herself and her family are recounted here with honesty and grace. Skillfully interweaving childhood and motherhood with family tales and over 26 recipes that take us through the months of the year, this book is a memoir that will resonate with readers of all backgrounds.