Over eighteen months in the making, the Bais Yaakov Cookbook features recipes from contributors representing over three hundred Bais Yaakovs worldwide. It is as much a tribute to the Bais Yaakov movement as it is a cookbook. Proceeds from the cookbook will benefit the Fund for Jewish Education, which benefits numerous charitable institutions and schools in the Unites States and Israel.
The Bais Yaakov Cookbook combines over 200 recipes, gorgeous graphics and important Halacha and Hashkofoh. The book begins with a pictoral history of Sara Schenirer and the Bais Yaakov Movement. Bais Yaakov went from a small school in a one room apartment into the world famous Bais Yaakov Seminary of Krakow producing teachers who spread Torah education for women throughout Poland and beyond.
In 1937 Vichna Kaplan arrived in America with a dream to establish the Bais Yaakov Movement on this side of the Atlantic. She worked tirelessly to convince American Jews that just as Jewish schools for boys were imperative to the survival of Judaism, Jewish schools for girls were equally critical. In 1944, the first all day Bais Yaakov school opened. Today there are hundreds of schools providing a Jewish education to thousands of girls, a true realization of a dream.
The Bais Yaakov movement may have originated from Poland, but the recipes in this book are from all over the globe. There is no cholent recipe, only three kugels and only one challah recipe at the beginning of the book that is more of a tribute to Rebbetzin Kanievsky. The only gefilte fish is Hot Gefilte Fish with Tomato Sauce and Bell Peppers, not your Bubbe’s gefilte. The recipes range from Grilled Beef Rolls with Scallion Dipping Sauce to Cigars, Kebabs, Potato Duo Soup and so on. The recipes use easily found ingredients and are simple to prepare.
In addition to the 200+ recipes, there is a 25 page guideline of Halacha written by Rabbi Daniel Neustadt . He covers most of the issues you will encounter in a contemporary kosher kitchen, from checking fruits and vegetables to how to use an oven for dairy and meat. There is a guide for brachos and a comprehensive guide to shopping for meat, wine cookware etc.
As a Jewish woman, I am proud of the trailblazing efforts of such luminaries as Sara Schenirer and Vichna Kaplan to fight for Torah education for girls. It is an honor and privilege to remember their faith when preparing recipes from this delightful cookbook.