Taking a step aside from my usual recipe posts, I want to share a special story with you.
“Grandma Cooked Gourmet” is a book of recipes of Holocaust survivors. The project to create this book was initiative of the Shorashim non-profit organizion, which helps two communities in Israel that are in need of assistance: elderly people who live alone, and the Ethiopian community, which has many struggling single-parent households.
To create the book, 24 holocaust survivors collaborated with 24 top Israeli chefs. Each survivor cooked their own specialty dish the chef’s restuarant, with the chef as their personal sous-chef. The chef then created a more modern version using the same ingredients. The book offers both versions of each recipe, as well as a short write-up about the histroy of each survivor.
This year, the book won the third place in the prestigious Gourmand awards category for the Best Cookbook in the World. It also won second place in the Best Non-Profit Cookbook category earned a Best in the World stamp by Gourmand, the world’s leading cookbook competition.
All expenses to publish the book came from donations, including the chefs and photographers. The book is now on sale, and proceeds go to buying more food packages and appliances for the communities that Shorashim supports. You can buy a copy of the book our supported community. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The book is available in Hebrew and English so request the language you want. You can also buy the book at selected stores in Israel – click here and scroll down for the list of stores, including those that sell the book in English.
I haven’t yet tried out the recipes, but I will be getting a copy of the book next week and I can’t wait to get busy in my kitchen with these wonderful recipes. This is a project that is so touching and creative, and I urge you all to support it. (I have no personal connection to the Shorashim organization or to any of the participants in the project. I am just a fan.)