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  6/9/2018 at 6:28 PM

    Salted choc chip tahini cookies!

  • lgroom  on  6/9/2018 at 6:34 PM

    raw greens and grains

  • bangss  on  6/9/2018 at 6:40 PM

    The choc. chip tahini cookies look awesome!!

  • Angryyew  on  6/9/2018 at 7:02 PM

    chocolate chip tahini cookies

  • amyz218  on  6/9/2018 at 8:06 PM

    Spice roasted sweet potatoes!

  • jr0717  on  6/9/2018 at 8:24 PM

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

  • MiMi60  on  6/9/2018 at 9:36 PM

    Salted choc chip tahini cookies Sound good!!!

  • GillB  on  6/10/2018 at 1:36 AM

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

  • readingtragic  on  6/10/2018 at 2:02 AM

    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  6/10/2018 at 2:10 AM

    Buffalo Mozzarella w/ Fig & Candied Walnuts

  • Livia  on  6/10/2018 at 4:53 AM

    Definitely the Miss Ruben’s pastrami :o)

  • Laura1  on  6/10/2018 at 7:57 AM

    Roasted Brussels sprouts with sunflower seed purée

  • JMelnick  on  6/10/2018 at 11:26 AM

    The whitefish salad recipe sounds delicious!

  • demomcook  on  6/10/2018 at 12:09 PM

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

  • infotrop  on  6/10/2018 at 1:07 PM

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

  • jmay42066  on  6/10/2018 at 2:14 PM

    Red cabbage and poppy seed salad

  • rchesser  on  6/10/2018 at 2:32 PM

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

  • LaurenE  on  6/10/2018 at 2:45 PM

    chocolate chip tahini cookies

  • sgump  on  6/10/2018 at 3:10 PM

    Fig crostata with rosemary custard!

  • eatysmith  on  6/10/2018 at 8:40 PM

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

  • ameliark  on  6/10/2018 at 10:39 PM

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

  • annime  on  6/11/2018 at 3:09 AM

    the pastrami

  • riley  on  6/11/2018 at 12:22 PM

    Sticky Beef Ribs

  • ktwalla  on  6/11/2018 at 3:15 PM

    Miss Ruben's Pastrami

  • matag  on  6/11/2018 at 4:58 PM

    Three mushroom soup with truffle oiL

  • KarinaFrancis  on  6/11/2018 at 6:33 PM

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

  • ravensfan  on  6/11/2018 at 6:48 PM

    12-hour lamb shoulder

  • lapsapchung  on  6/12/2018 at 8:46 AM

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

  • Siegal  on  6/12/2018 at 11:26 AM

    I would like to make chocolate chip tahini cookie

  • shellee  on  6/14/2018 at 6:44 PM

    Braised artichokes with white wine and thyme

  • EmilyR  on  6/15/2018 at 12:50 AM

    Grape, goat’s cheese and onion jam pizzette

  • kmn4  on  6/15/2018 at 1:40 PM

    Chickpea stew with kale, turmeric and tomatoes

  • Lucicat  on  6/15/2018 at 10:18 PM

    smoked fish dip

  • mpdeb98  on  6/16/2018 at 8:12 AM

    Roasted peach, pecan and spelt crumble with lemon curd

  • t.t  on  6/17/2018 at 3:04 AM

    Deconstructed baba ganoush

  • jd5761  on  6/17/2018 at 7:39 PM

    smoked fish dip for me

  • parnassus  on  6/19/2018 at 2:32 PM

    bean and vegetable soup w lamb shoulder.

  • RSW  on  6/21/2018 at 4:52 PM

    Lavender lemonade [Kali]

  • RSW  on  6/21/2018 at 4:57 PM

    Salted choc chip tahini cookies

  • Shelley.b  on  6/21/2018 at 5:56 PM

    Sticky beef ribs

  • thecharlah  on  6/21/2018 at 8:43 PM

    Chargrilled corn, kale and quinoa with Sriracha

  • ladybrooke  on  6/22/2018 at 10:03 AM

    Brandied oranges

  • GregH  on  6/22/2018 at 6:07 PM

    12-hour lamb shoulder

  • Wojtanowski  on  6/23/2018 at 3:49 PM

    red cabbage and poppy seed salad

  • Julia77  on  6/23/2018 at 4:19 PM

    Golden beetroot tahini

  • Jenamarie  on  6/23/2018 at 9:29 PM

    Halva cheesecake

  • curafresh  on  6/24/2018 at 12:22 AM

    Chocolate chip tahini cookies

  • CC.cooks  on  6/25/2018 at 7:58 PM

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

  • Scotsman61  on  6/25/2018 at 10:24 PM

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

  • tennyogirl  on  6/27/2018 at 12:10 PM

    Israeli pickles

  • mhoare  on  6/27/2018 at 7:00 PM

    Whole roasted cauliflower with tahini and tomato salsa

  • Julia  on  6/28/2018 at 10:56 AM

    Chopped liver with cherry mostardo on crostini

  • v.t  on  6/28/2018 at 8:14 PM

    Red cabbage and poppy seed salad

  • heyjude  on  6/30/2018 at 2:19 AM

    Eggplant Tabbouleh

  • laureljean  on  6/30/2018 at 11:33 AM

    Artichoke and green bean salad

  • Dannausc  on  7/1/2018 at 9:47 AM

    Israeli pickles

  • bettinab  on  7/1/2018 at 10:06 AM

    Eggplant tabouleh

  • bettinab  on  7/1/2018 at 10:10 AM

    Walnut crusted snapper

  • blazin  on  7/1/2018 at 6:28 PM

    Grape, goat’s cheese and onion jam pizzette

  • dbielick  on  7/2/2018 at 7:26 AM

    Three mushroom soup with truffle oil

  • nicolepellegrini  on  7/3/2018 at 10:48 AM

    Whole roasted cauliflower with tahini and tomato salsa looks awesome!

  • kennethjohngilmour  on  7/3/2018 at 12:34 PM

    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  7/3/2018 at 6:29 PM

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

  • lauriesk  on  7/3/2018 at 8:59 PM

    I would try the Eggplant tabbouleh

  • davisesq212  on  7/4/2018 at 10:23 AM

    Roasted Dutch carrots with honey and cumin

  • SallyCristina  on  7/4/2018 at 7:32 PM

    Tuna empanadas (page 58)

  • SallyCristina  on  7/4/2018 at 7:33 PM

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

  • SallyCristina  on  7/4/2018 at 7:35 PM

    12 hour lamb shoulder

  • NaomiH  on  7/6/2018 at 8:52 AM

    Beef and lamb koftas with mango salsa

  • sywcindy  on  7/7/2018 at 3:48 AM

    Middle Eastern fruit salad with cashew cream

  • LizyB  on  7/7/2018 at 5:02 PM

    Asparagus with challah croutons and duck egg

  • luccio  on  7/7/2018 at 5:19 PM

    Chickpea falafel - something I've long been meaning to try...

  • essptee  on  7/7/2018 at 7:03 PM

    Those salted choc chip tahini cookies!

  • Julia  on  7/7/2018 at 10:48 PM

    Farro andchicken cholent

  • ohyoucook  on  7/8/2018 at 9:02 AM

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

  • RickPearson54  on  7/8/2018 at 9:12 AM

    Israeli pickles

  • drjeff  on  7/8/2018 at 4:43 PM

    Ms ruben’s Pastrami

  • Sfgordon  on  7/8/2018 at 5:34 PM

    Chopped salad with pickled celery, whipped feta and dukkah

  • TanyaD  on  7/10/2018 at 12:54 PM

    Israeli pickles

  • Radley  on  7/11/2018 at 2:45 AM

    walnut-crusted whole snapper

  • tararr  on  7/11/2018 at 9:13 AM

    12 hour lamb shoulder

  • Ishtar  on  7/12/2018 at 7:08 AM

    Sticky beef fried rice

  • Terrill  on  7/12/2018 at 12:41 PM

    Sticky Beef Ribs

  • orchidlady01  on  7/14/2018 at 10:31 PM

    Roasted peach, pecan and spelt crumble with lemon curd

  • MaryCunningham86  on  7/15/2018 at 4:14 AM

    Chocolate chip tahini cookies for sure! They sound so good

  • LeePicard  on  7/16/2018 at 8:19 PM

    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  7/17/2018 at 10:13 PM

    Spice roasted sweet potatoes

  • VeryVigario  on  7/18/2018 at 6:28 AM

    Tuna empanadas

  • mduncan  on  7/19/2018 at 7:08 PM

    Eggplant tabbouleh

  • auntietina  on  7/24/2018 at 3:40 AM

    Chopped liver with cherry mostarda and crostini

  • leilx  on  7/24/2018 at 3:41 PM

    spiced coconut rice. sticky beef ribs.

  • lpatterson412  on  7/26/2018 at 10:04 AM

    Sticky Beef Ribs

  • camerashy131  on  7/28/2018 at 6:41 AM

    Chocolate swirl Pavlova with rosewater cream, Turkish Delight and strawberries

  • meccy29  on  7/29/2018 at 5:04 PM

    Halva cheescake!

  • Gilly83  on  8/1/2018 at 8:52 AM

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

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