Miriam's Kitchen A Memoir Author:Elizabeth Ehrlich Like many Jewish Americans, Elizabeth Ehrlich was ambivalent about her background. She identified with Jewish cultural attitudes, but not with the institutions; she had fond memories of her Jewish grandmothers, but she found their religious practices irrelevant to her life. It wasn't until she entered the kitchen--and world--of her mother-in... more »-law, Miriam, a Holocaust survivor, that Ehrlich began to understand the importance of preserving the traditions of the past. As Ehrlich looks on, Miriam methodically and lovingly prepares countless kosher meals while relating the often painful stories of her life in Poland and her immigration to America. These stories trigger a kind of religious awakening in Ehrlich, who--as she moves tentatively toward reclaiming the heritage she rejected as a young woman--gains a new appreciation of life's possibilities, choices, and limitations.« less
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Moving memoir of a woman coming to terms with her past and where she wants to go in her future, in terms of her spirituality. She is Jewish and is slowly becoming more observant. She spends time with her mother in law and learns her recipes. The recipes are included in the book and the stories behind them make them even better. She really weighs the benefits of the changes she is making in her life, especially how it will effect her children and how she wants them to grow up and carry on traditions. I found her views on what it means to be a mother to be insightful and feeling.
Beautiful book--Jewish recipes included. I love the stories and that everything , as in my home, is pretty much based in the kitchen. Life for this family was important to preserve traditions, Miriam, a Holocaust survivor has preserved these on pages for us to enjoy also. I loved this book.