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52 Shabbats
52 Shabbats

52 Shabbats

Friday Night Dinners Inspired by a Global Jewish Kitchen

By Faith Kramer, Photographs by Clare Rice


256 Pages, 7 x 9

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $29.95 (US $29.95) (CA $33.95)

Publication Date: November 2021

ISBN 9781951412180

Rights: WOR

The Collective Book Studio (Nov 2021)

Not Yet Published. Estimated release date: November 2021


Perfect for homemade communal meals, 52 Shabbats is an accessible cookbook full of delightful recipes, techniques, and shared traditions for the modern Jewish family

52 Shabbats is for 30-somethings who are starting to nest and follow the weekly ritual of shabbat. The book will have 75 recipes and will include suggestions for combining them with purchased convenience foods or other simple recipes to provide the reader with 52 menus for a year of shabbats. Essays throughout will talk about shabbat and how it fits into modern family's lives and how to embrace this ancient tradition and make it relevant for today. Recipes will be reinterpreted for today's tastes; for example, a traditional beef brisket might be spiced with tamarind or BBQ sauce, and there's room for a meal that's built around Trader Joe's products. It's the intent that's important; not the strict adherence to what's been done in the past. The author will tread lightly on any deep research into the history and depths of the Jewish diaspora, but instead will focus on how to bring shabbat into the homes of young Jewish families. The recipes will include a range of difficulty from really easy to challenging. Also, there may be instances where recipes debunk techniques that are thought to be too hard (e.g., how to handle phyllo dough).

Author Biography

Faith Kramer is a food writer and recipe developer concentrating on the foodways, history, and customs of the Jewish diaspora. She has written hundreds of posts on her website about Jewish customs and food, travel, and global ingredients with accompanying recipes, which can be found at As a columnist for the j., the Jewish News of Northern California, she writes articles twice a month on food and cooking along with original recipes. She is also a monthly food columnist for the Omer, Temple Beth Abraham newsletter. Faith has taught cooking classes 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. A frequent contributor to other Jewish food-related projects, her work can be found in Laura Silver's Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food (Brandeis University Press) and Molly O'Neill's One Big Table cookbook (Simon and Schuster), plus many others. Faith lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area.Clara Rice is a Bay Area photographer, capturing whatever beautiful or delicious subject lands in front of her camera that day. Her images are clean, and compelling, and she is always looking for a new view on an old subject.