Feasting by Amanda Ruben

Amanda Ruben is the founder and owner of Miss Ruben, a New York-inspired deli and cafe in suburban Ripponlea Village, in the heart of Melbourne’s Jewish community.

She is the daughter of Jewish parents and grew up in the various kitchens of her mother, Tamara, who ran a series of food businesses in Melbourne. It seems natural for her to find a career where she feeds others – after a slight detour as a journalist.

After leaving journalism, Amanda opened two food stores in partnership with her mother. The two Cooper & Milla’s stores – named after Amanda’s two children – offered amazing salads, cakes and simple food based around the best seasonal produce. Her current hotspot, Miss Ruben has continued the theme, with a greater emphasis on catering and take-home food that pays homage to the Jewish heritage of the area.

Amanda’s debut cookbook, Feasting: A New Take on Jewish Cooking delivers modern inspiration on classic Jewish cooking with a range of delicious Jewish staples and new recipes to enjoy.  As she spends her day creating food for everyone to share, “It’s no coincidence that a cookbook of mine is called Feasting. I don’t know any other way to cook or eat,” she said to the Guardian

When I first posted about this book on Instagram someone asked what makes this book different? Feasting couples New York-style Jewish food with an Australian vibe that appeals to a wide range of cooks. Walnut-crusted whole snapper, Roast chicken breast with lemon jam and crushed Jerusalem artichokes, Roasted peach, pecan and spelt crumble with lemon curd – are examples of how the author makes food fresh and exciting. 

In addition to the above, the classics are covered along with a chapter on Jewish holiday food recipes that we can turn to for celebrations with friends and family. Beautifully photographed and filled with recipes for any day or a special occasion it is the perfect book to give as a gift to someone who loves to cook or to gift yourself.



For a glance inside this book, check out our   and  for the following recipes: 

Special thanks to Hardie Grant for providing the materials for our EYB Book Preview as well as three copies of this title in our giveaway below. 

The publisher is offering three copies of this book to EYB Members in the US, UK, AU and NZ. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

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  • LSanders  on  June 9, 2018

    Salted choc chip tahini cookies!

  • lgroom  on  June 9, 2018

    raw greens and grains

  • bangss  on  June 9, 2018

    The choc. chip tahini cookies look awesome!!

  • Angryyew  on  June 9, 2018

    chocolate chip tahini cookies

  • amyz218  on  June 9, 2018

    Spice roasted sweet potatoes!

  • jr0717  on  June 9, 2018

    The eggplant tabbouleh – I bet it'd be a a perfect dinner with leftovers for lunch!

  • MiMi60  on  June 9, 2018

    Salted choc chip tahini cookies Sound good!!!

  • GillB  on  June 10, 2018

    Salted Chocolate Chip Tahini Cookies sound great and looking for Tahini ideas

  • readingtragic  on  June 10, 2018

    I’ve already made the 12 hour lamb shoulder – best ever; now I just have to work out how to get around getting up at five in the morning for it to be ready for dinner at seven…next could be the chickpea pancake with mache and asparagus

  • RNJessicaK  on  June 10, 2018

    Buffalo Mozzarella w/ Fig & Candied Walnuts

  • Livia  on  June 10, 2018

    Definitely the Miss Ruben’s pastrami :o)

  • Laura1  on  June 10, 2018

    Roasted Brussels sprouts with sunflower seed purée

  • JMelnick  on  June 10, 2018

    The whitefish salad recipe sounds delicious!

  • demomcook  on  June 10, 2018

    Roasted Brussels sprouts with sunflower seed purée is my first choice.

  • infotrop  on  June 10, 2018

    Chargrilled broccolini with green tahini sounds like a great combination of favorite flavors

  • jmay42066  on  June 10, 2018

    Red cabbage and poppy seed salad

  • rchesser  on  June 10, 2018

    The salted chocolate chip tahini would be the first recipe I would try.

  • LaurenE  on  June 10, 2018

    chocolate chip tahini cookies

  • sgump  on  June 10, 2018

    Fig crostata with rosemary custard!

  • eatysmith  on  June 10, 2018

    "Which recipe in the index would you like to try first?" Tahini dip!

  • ameliark  on  June 10, 2018

    I can't go past those salted choc chip tahini cookies. They look amaaaaazing!

  • annime  on  June 11, 2018

    the pastrami

  • riley  on  June 11, 2018

    Sticky Beef Ribs

  • ktwalla  on  June 11, 2018

    Miss Ruben's Pastrami

  • matag  on  June 11, 2018

    Three mushroom soup with truffle oiL

  • KarinaFrancis  on  June 11, 2018

    A friend made the halva cheesecake and raved, so that would be my first pick

  • ravensfan  on  June 11, 2018

    12-hour lamb shoulder

  • lapsapchung  on  June 12, 2018

    Borlotti bean and vegetable soup with slow-cooked lamb shoulder and parsley oil

  • Siegal  on  June 12, 2018

    I would like to make chocolate chip tahini cookie

  • shellee  on  June 14, 2018

    Braised artichokes with white wine and thyme

  • EmilyR  on  June 15, 2018

    Grape, goat’s cheese and onion jam pizzette

  • kmn4  on  June 15, 2018

    Chickpea stew with kale, turmeric and tomatoes

  • Lucicat  on  June 15, 2018

    smoked fish dip

  • mpdeb98  on  June 16, 2018

    Roasted peach, pecan and spelt crumble with lemon curd

  • t.t  on  June 17, 2018

    Deconstructed baba ganoush

  • jd5761  on  June 17, 2018

    smoked fish dip for me

  • parnassus  on  June 19, 2018

    bean and vegetable soup w lamb shoulder.

  • RSW  on  June 21, 2018

    Lavender lemonade [Kali]

  • RSW  on  June 21, 2018

    Salted choc chip tahini cookies

  • Shelley.b  on  June 21, 2018

    Sticky beef ribs

  • thecharlah  on  June 21, 2018

    Chargrilled corn, kale and quinoa with Sriracha

  • ladybrooke  on  June 22, 2018

    Brandied oranges

  • GregH  on  June 22, 2018

    12-hour lamb shoulder

  • Wojtanowski  on  June 23, 2018

    red cabbage and poppy seed salad

  • Julia77  on  June 23, 2018

    Golden beetroot tahini

  • Jenamarie  on  June 23, 2018

    Halva cheesecake

  • curafresh  on  June 24, 2018

    Chocolate chip tahini cookies

  • CC.cooks  on  June 25, 2018

    Hummus with three toppings. But the thai I choc chip cookies also sound amazing

  • Scotsman61  on  June 25, 2018

    Miss Ruben’s pastrami with Roasted Brussels sprouts with sunflower seed purée

  • tennyogirl  on  June 27, 2018

    Israeli pickles

  • mhoare  on  June 27, 2018

    Whole roasted cauliflower with tahini and tomato salsa

  • Julia  on  June 28, 2018

    Chopped liver with cherry mostardo on crostini

  • v.t  on  June 28, 2018

    Red cabbage and poppy seed salad

  • heyjude  on  June 30, 2018

    Eggplant Tabbouleh

  • laureljean  on  June 30, 2018

    Artichoke and green bean salad

  • Dannausc  on  July 1, 2018

    Israeli pickles

  • bettinab  on  July 1, 2018

    Eggplant tabouleh

  • bettinab  on  July 1, 2018

    Walnut crusted snapper

  • blazin  on  July 1, 2018

    Grape, goat’s cheese and onion jam pizzette

  • dbielick  on  July 2, 2018

    Three mushroom soup with truffle oil

  • nicolepellegrini  on  July 3, 2018

    Whole roasted cauliflower with tahini and tomato salsa looks awesome!

  • kennethjohngilmour  on  July 3, 2018

    potato and onion tortilla with smoked paprika salt found on page 59
    from Feasting: A New Take on Jewish Cooking by Amanda Ruben

  • Aproporpoise  on  July 3, 2018

    I’m not even going to wait to get the book – I’m trying the tahini chocolate chip cookies TODAY!

  • lauriesk  on  July 3, 2018

    I would try the Eggplant tabbouleh

  • davisesq212  on  July 4, 2018

    Roasted Dutch carrots with honey and cumin

  • SallyCristina  on  July 4, 2018

    Tuna empanadas (page 58)

  • SallyCristina  on  July 4, 2018

    Roast chicken slaw with green goddess dressing and za’atar crumbs (page 88)

  • SallyCristina  on  July 4, 2018

    12 hour lamb shoulder

  • NaomiH  on  July 6, 2018

    Beef and lamb koftas with mango salsa

  • sywcindy  on  July 7, 2018

    Middle Eastern fruit salad with cashew cream

  • LizyB  on  July 7, 2018

    Asparagus with challah croutons and duck egg

  • luccio  on  July 7, 2018

    Chickpea falafel – something I've long been meaning to try…

  • essptee  on  July 7, 2018

    Those salted choc chip tahini cookies!

  • Julia  on  July 7, 2018

    Farro andchicken cholent

  • ohyoucook  on  July 8, 2018

    Grape, goat’s cheese and onion jam pizzette. Sounds yummy!

  • RickPearson54  on  July 8, 2018

    Israeli pickles

  • drjeff  on  July 8, 2018

    Ms ruben’s Pastrami

  • Sfgordon  on  July 8, 2018

    Chopped salad with pickled celery, whipped feta and dukkah

  • TanyaD  on  July 10, 2018

    Israeli pickles

  • Radley  on  July 11, 2018

    walnut-crusted whole snapper

  • tararr  on  July 11, 2018

    12 hour lamb shoulder

  • Ishtar  on  July 12, 2018

    Sticky beef fried rice

  • Terrill  on  July 12, 2018

    Sticky Beef Ribs

  • orchidlady01  on  July 14, 2018

    Roasted peach, pecan and spelt crumble with lemon curd

  • MaryCunningham86  on  July 15, 2018

    Chocolate chip tahini cookies for sure! They sound so good

  • LeePicard  on  July 16, 2018

    Vegetarian moussaka. That's a recipe I have been thinking about for years. Sounds delicious. Hard to chose because so many sound like must tries!

  • Katiefayhutson  on  July 17, 2018

    Spice roasted sweet potatoes

  • VeryVigario  on  July 18, 2018

    Tuna empanadas

  • mduncan  on  July 19, 2018

    Eggplant tabbouleh

  • auntietina  on  July 24, 2018

    Chopped liver with cherry mostarda and crostini

  • leilx  on  July 24, 2018

    spiced coconut rice. sticky beef ribs.

  • lpatterson412  on  July 26, 2018

    Sticky Beef Ribs

  • camerashy131  on  July 28, 2018

    Chocolate swirl Pavlova with rosewater cream, Turkish Delight and strawberries

  • meccy29  on  July 29, 2018

    Halva cheescake!

  • Gilly83  on  August 1, 2018

    The deconstructed baba ganoush would be a massive hit in my household!

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