Jew-ish Cookbook Review/Giveaway with a Quick Bites with Jake Cohen

Happy Publication Day to Jake Cohen for Jew-ish: A Cookbook: Reinvented Recipes from a Modern Mensch! Enter our US/Canada giveaway to win one of three copies of this amazing book!

Jew-ish: A Cookbook: Reinvented Recipes from a Modern Mensch is everything you would expect from Jake (follow him on Instagram and see for yourself). This debut offering from a culinary (and love of life) powerhouse of energy contains craveable recipes, gorgeous photos, step-by-step process images for braiding challah and other techniques. You’ve heard of Persian rice tahdig – Jake takes tahdig to new levels – potatoes, sweet potatoes, latkes – and more – this is just one example of his genius!

I have almost every recipe in this volume tagged to try. I have made the Kubaneh cinnamon rolls already – photo above before glazing (click on link for the glazed version). The dough was the easiest dough I have worked with yet and the flavor was outstanding. Those rolls called to me in the night – Jenny, Jenny come and get me Jenny – one of my favorite scenes from the cheesy movie Mannequin.

My older son is coming to visit today with his new wife for a few days and I am preparing a huge brisket and a wheelbarrow full of latkes using recipes from Jew-ish. Don’t worry – you don’t need to own a wheelbarrow to make the recipes – I just know what my son can put away.

There are several online recipes that you can try now:


Jake was kind enough to answer some questions for our members – he is an absolute joy and makes me smile everytime I check Instagram and watch him cook while doing his matchmaker videos. It is almost enough to wish I were single again.

Jake Cohen is a cookbook author and nice Jewish boy from NYC. A former food staffer at Saveur, food editor of Tasting Table, restaurant critic of Time Out New York, and editorial director of the Feedfeed, Jake wrote his first book, Jew-ish, about his love of modern Jewish cooking and baking. When he isn’t writing for publications including Food52 and Food & Wine, he’s posting challah-braiding videos and recipes on his Instagram and TikTok. He lives in NYC with his husband, Alex.

Q: What first triggered your interest in cooking? Your first cooking memory?

I was obsessed with the Food Network. I’d come home every day and do my homework with Ina and Giada in the background. I started printing out recipes and throwing little amateur – and let me tell you, they were amateur – dinner parties for friends. The second I got a taste of cooking for others and the power of food for community building, I was hooked.

My first cooking memory would be frying latkes with my mother. She made the best latkes (I say made because I’ve taken over frying duties). She never measured anything, always eyeballing each ingredient. My sister and I would help her grate potatoes and then wait patiently for them to come out of the oil so we could immediately shove them into ice-cold apple sauce to protect our fingers.

Q: If you had to describe your cooking style, what would it be?

Intricately lazy. I love simple cooking with recipes that sport short ingredient lists, but require attention to technique. I’m always looking to put spins on classics and introducing potentially foreign ingredients to dishes you wouldn’t expect. Most importantly, I love cooking that can pivot easily and be tweaked for endless variations.

Q: Are you a cookbook collector?

It continues to grow! I have around 200 cookbooks divided into sections: CIA textbooks/Modernist Cuisine, Jewish food, single subject, a section for books written by friends of mine, and then everything else. I don’t have a favorite genre, I just love to learn. I think there’s something super magical when an author can properly convey a technique with words. I’m always reading and learning how to better write recipes.

When it comes to what I look for in a cookbook, it’s as simple voice. The power of demonstrating passion and inspiring the reader is a difficult task but it’s everything me. I want to learn about the author and a perspective that’s different than mine and be moved to dive deeper.

Q: What is the best part of your job? Do you sometimes feel like working with food all day keeps you from wanting to get creative in the kitchen?

Seeing people cook my recipes for themselves and loved ones. The act of breaking bread with others and extending hospitality drives everything I do. Helping others in the kitchen feels like the ultimate mitzvah.

I get creative fatigue all the time. I don’t fight it. I order in. I make some old favorites. I give myself the time and permission to recharge, typically accompanied by a little social media break. There’s an expectation to always me “on” but that’s just not possible.

Q: What is your go to for a quick dinner?

Spicy rigatoni alla vodka. Always a fan favorite… sometimes I’ll even add frozen peas if I’m feeling wild! 😉

Q: What projects are you working on besides promoting Jew-ish?

A lot more video work is coming which I love, but since this is my first book I’m really trying to slow down everything else and be present for this launch. I want to give it my all and learn from it for hopefully many more books to come!

Follow Jake on Instagram, Tiktok, Twitter and Facebook – his energy is infectious!

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  • LSanders  on  March 9, 2021

    Vegan schmaltz!

  • matag  on  March 9, 2021

    Roasted tomato brisket

  • Kristjudy  on  March 9, 2021

    Caramel apple sticky buns

  • mcrimmins  on  March 9, 2021

    Bagel Chips

  • Ckmitch  on  March 9, 2021

    Everything Bagel Galette!

  • hbakke  on  March 9, 2021

    Caramel apple sticky buns

  • susankay  on  March 9, 2021

    Schmaltz, no doubt

  • sarahawker  on  March 9, 2021

    Tahini-swirled cheesecake

  • Laura1  on  March 9, 2021

    Jake’s perfect challah

  • demomcook  on  March 9, 2021

    Shakshuka alla vodka

  • rivergait  on  March 9, 2021

    Little gem salad with pickled celery and tahini dressing

  • JaJaSi  on  March 9, 2021

    I would have to make the Plum Crumb Bars before all else!

  • aschacht  on  March 9, 2021

    Cardamom-spiced pear noodle kugel!

  • ToPieFor  on  March 9, 2021


  • dc151  on  March 9, 2021


  • lean1  on  March 9, 2021

    Baharat smashed potatoes

  • dbranigan27  on  March 9, 2021

    I would try the Sautéed asparagus with apricot and lemon .

  • CapeCodCook  on  March 9, 2021

    Tahini Swirled cheesecake—Yum!

  • jr0717  on  March 9, 2021

    Any of the you can go your own way: rugelach cookies!

  • miggsy  on  March 10, 2021

    One-pot Persian-ish pasta

  • kayokay  on  March 10, 2021

    I’ve never had matzo ball soup and I’d really love to try the roasted chicken matzo ball soup!

  • jveaux  on  March 10, 2021

    roasted chicken matzo ball soup

  • riley  on  March 10, 2021

    Chewy Iraqi almond cookies

  • youngsvnnhrs  on  March 10, 2021

    Little gem salad with pickled celery and tahini dressing

  • cbrowne  on  March 10, 2021

    Kashke bademjan, the roasted eggplant and tomato dip!

  • ravensfan  on  March 10, 2021

    Shakshuka alla vodka

  • southerncooker  on  March 10, 2021

    Pastrami biscuits and gravy

  • kitchen_chick  on  March 11, 2021

    Za’atar-roasted eggplant with tahini

  • DarcyVaughn  on  March 12, 2021

    Salted honey chopped liver

  • LeMinou  on  March 12, 2021

    Roasted tomato brisket

  • roxlet  on  March 12, 2021

    Caramel apple sticky buns

  • topdawg11  on  March 12, 2021

    Pastrami biscuits and gravy

  • sarahteertzah  on  March 12, 2021

    Caramel apple sticky buns

  • LaurenE  on  March 12, 2021

    Baharat smashed potatoes

  • hrk  on  March 12, 2021

    Potato tahdig

  • tess_invests  on  March 12, 2021

    Rose water and cardamom French toast sounds amazing!

  • rchesser  on  March 12, 2021

    Pastrami biscuits and gravy!

  • Kblg  on  March 12, 2021

    Potato Tahdig😋

  • Dannausc  on  March 12, 2021


  • dzm  on  March 13, 2021

    caramel apple sticky buns

  • Siegal  on  March 14, 2021

    Pastrami biscuits and gravy

  • Rachaelsb  on  March 14, 2021

    Honey chopped liver!!!

  • jluvs2bake  on  March 15, 2021

    Has to be the Kubaneh cinnamon rolls that my mouth has been watering for since I first saw Jenny post them!

  • JulieQC  on  March 15, 2021

    Hot and toasty nuts

  • nvernon  on  March 16, 2021

    Pastrami biscuits and gravy

  • nyserge  on  March 16, 2021

    Lamb chops with crushed grapes and sage

  • leilx  on  March 16, 2021

    Persian-ish granola

  • virjeania  on  March 19, 2021

    Spiced bourbon applesauce

  • kennethjohngilmour  on  March 19, 2021

    lamb chops with crushed grapes and sage found on page 175

  • hirsheys  on  March 19, 2021

    Shakshuka Alla vodka

  • rlmolnar  on  March 20, 2021

    Persian-ish granola sounds really good.

  • Tabby72  on  March 21, 2021

    I’ll try bagel chips!

  • debbiehb  on  March 21, 2021

    Chicken schnitzel fingers

  • avonleajules  on  March 22, 2021

    caramel apple sticky buns

  • cdagen  on  March 23, 2021

    Everything bagel galette

  • cimetrolice  on  March 24, 2021

    The challah!

  • Rose_Marie_Brintzenhofe  on  March 24, 2021

    Citus and poppyseed pancakes!

  • Jwalker5  on  March 24, 2021

    Fancy mushroom kasha varnishkes

  • Indyjane  on  March 24, 2021

    Everything bagel galette!

  • Swoof  on  March 24, 2021

    Soy-glazed chicken

  • JEWGAL777  on  March 24, 2021

    Harissa Marinated Grilled Flank Steak and Summer Vegetables

  • franniepie  on  March 25, 2021

    Chocolate-tahini babka!

  • Sfgordon  on  March 25, 2021

    Schmaltzy Chex mix!

  • Pizzacat13  on  March 25, 2021

    Cardamom-Spiced Pear Noodle Kugel-mmmmmm!

  • gilmonster  on  March 25, 2021

    roasted chicken matzo ball sou

  • BMeyer  on  March 28, 2021


  • RickPearson54  on  March 28, 2021

    Bagel chips

  • Aminata95  on  March 28, 2021

    Caramel apple sticky buns

  • Cornfed23  on  April 2, 2021

    Green Yemeni Hot Sauce

  • curafresh  on  April 3, 2021

    def the famous tahdig

  • MarciK  on  April 4, 2021

    Cardamom-spiced pear noodle kugel

  • edyenicole  on  April 4, 2021

    bagel chips!!!

  • roseryan1972  on  April 5, 2021

    Perfect challah

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  April 10, 2021

    I want to make the Persian-ish granola.

  • calguire  on  April 15, 2021

    Macaroon brownies

  • Shelley.b  on  April 15, 2021

    Onion confit

  • sipa  on  April 16, 2021

    Chocolate tahini babka

  • justcooking  on  April 19, 2021

    Spiced bourbon applesauce!!

  • ChicagoJen  on  April 19, 2021

    Za’atar-roasted eggplant with tahini

  • Kayleecookin  on  April 28, 2021

    Pickle juice braised cabbage

  • moralla  on  April 30, 2021

    Citrus and poppy seed pancakes

  • Dhasenkampf  on  May 1, 2021

    Citrus and poppy seed pancakes

  • oreganoca  on  May 3, 2021

    Everything Bagel Galette

  • Ileana  on  May 5, 2021

    Pomegranate-BBQ chicken wings

  • kmn4  on  May 10, 2021

    Rose water and cardamom French toast

  • CatsintheKitchen  on  May 12, 2021

    Sour Cherry Rice Pudding

  • Tracey11  on  May 14, 2021

    Jake’s perfect challah

  • banba1  on  May 15, 2021

    Shakshuka alla vodka

  • christinezac  on  May 22, 2021

    Caramel apple sticky buns!

  • christinezac  on  May 22, 2021

    Caramel apple sticky buns!

  • vhfvhf  on  May 27, 2021

    Spiced bourbon applesauce

  • orchidlady01  on  May 28, 2021

    Saffron chicken noodle soup

  • paigegeimer  on  June 4, 2021

    the challah!

  • dzeldaz  on  June 4, 2021

    Vegan Schmaltz! We have a vegetarian cousin at every family affair and this would be perfect!

  • cptnruthless  on  June 4, 2021

    ooh the Shakshuka sounds like a must try!!

  • janv  on  June 4, 2021

    Iraqi roasted salmon with tomato and lemon

  • Leonard5854  on  June 5, 2021

    Roasted chicken matzo ball soup

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