Charity Cookbooks from All 50 States

Like Mama Used to Make…and More
Matzo Ball Gumbo
The Joy of Jewish Cooking
Shalom on the Range: A Roundup of Recipes and Jewish Traditions from Colorado Kitchens

American Jewish Charity Cookbooks

Coming from all fifty states, and Washington DC, this collection offers a glimpse in the ways that Jewish and American foodways and communities have interacted during these years. Each state and community has a story to tell about the struggles they have faced, the milestones they have achieved, and their experiences as Jews and Americans in this land of opportunity.

There are kosher cookbooks from traditional and Orthodox communities, as well as from Reform temples and unaffiliated groups. Many books included are not kosher, and include recipes for crab dips, shrimp cocktails, ham and cheese pinwheels, and Oysters a la Newburg. Written primarily in English, but with some Yiddish and German, these cookbooks represent the religious, socioeconomic, and sometimes even political orientation of their respective communities. And this is exactly what these are, community cookbooks.

This section starts up where the pioneers left off. From 1928 through today (or better yet, tomorrow), Jewish organizations have understood cookbooks as a popular and effective fundraising tool. With the opportunity to bridge communities and family traditions, cookbooks are a way for families and communities to share their treasures with each other.

Palate Pleasers

Boston, MA

Alabama-Delaware

This page includes cookbooks from Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, and Delaware.

There is more information included with each of the titles, click on images to learn more about the individual cookbooks and see more from within these items.

Shalom on the Range: A Roundup of Recipes and Jewish Traditions from Colorado Kitchens

Colorado

Heaven Scent: Recipes from the Land of the Midnight Sun

Alaska

Tradition, Tradition from Our Hearts

Arkansas

From Generation to Generation

Alabama

From Sinai to Sonora

Arizona

Cooking the Sephardic Way

California

More than Chicken Soup: Recipes from the Little Synagogue on the Prairie

Colorado

A Taste of ORT

Connecticut

“Now You Don’t Have to Call Your Mother”:  Contemporary and Traditional Kosher Recipes

Delaware

Florida-Kansas

This page includes items from Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and Kansas.

There is more information included with each of the titles, click on images to learn more about the individual cookbooks and see more from within these items.

The When You Live in Hawaii You Get Very Creative during Passover Cookbook

Hawaii

In the Kitchen with not so Desperate Jewish Housewives<br />
A Collection of Kosher Recipes

Florida

The Sephardic Cooks (Comé con Gana)

Georgia

From Geflite Fish to a Gourmet Dish

Idaho

Uncommonly Kosher

Illinois

500 Choice Recipes

Illinois

What's Cookin'? in Marion, Indiana

Indiana

טוב טעם (Tov Ta'am) Good Taste

Iowa

The Joy of Jewish Cooking

Kansas

Kentucky-Montana

This page contains cookbooks from Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachussetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, and Montana.

There is more information included with each of the titles, please click on images to learn more about the individual cookbooks and see more from within these items.

Matzo Ball Gumbo

Louisiana

Just a Few Selected Recipes

Kentucky

Sisterhood Cook Book

Maine

Live to be 121! Low-Fat/No-Fat Cookbook

Maryland

Treats to Eat: Recipes…Tried and Tested

Massachussetts

Choice Recipes

Minnesota 

B’nai Brith ‘Kneads’ the Dough!

Mississippi

More than Matzo Balls

Missouri

Chrismukkah: The Merry Mish-Mash Holiday Cookbook

Montana

Michigan

This page contains items exclusively from Michigan. While not known as one of the largest Jewish communities, Michigan has produced (in a non-scientific count) more Jewish charity cookbooks per capita than other state in America. With about 100,000 Jews in the metropolitan Detroit area, and a handful elsewhere, Jewish communities in this state have published a disproportionately high number of cookbooks compared to their size. This is partially explained by the incredibly large philanthropic role that Detroit's Jews played. Supporting local projects, both Jewish and non, as well national and international efforts, metropolitan Detroiters are known as givers.

There is more information included with each of the titles, please click on images to learn more about the individual cookbooks and see more from within these items.

Favorite Recipes

Grand Rapids

Like Mama Used to Make:  A Collection of Favorite and Traditional Jewish Dishes

Ann Arbor

Like Mama Used to Make…and More

Ann Arbor

So? What’s Cooking?:  A Treasury of Traditional Jewish Recipes

Trenton

Fiddler in the Kitchen

Detroit

With a Russian Flavor

Southfield

25th Anniversary Cookbook

Ann Arbor

Nebraska-North Dakota

This page includes items from Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, and Ohio.

There is more information included with each of the titles, click on images to learn more about the individual cookbooks and see more from within these items.

Lox and Grits: Jewish Kitchens in Appalachia

North Carolina

Eppes Essen (Something to Eat)

Nebraska

40 Years in the Desert

Nevada

The Joys of Jewish Cooking – or – Just Like Mother Used to Make

New Hampshire

Cooking Aromas Dedicated to the Great Chefs of Temple Beth Torah Sisterhood

New Jersey

What’s Cooking:  A Collection of Recipes for the Gustatory Delight of the Gourmet, Vol. II

New Mexico

Kosher Cookery Unlimited<br />
—with Some Dishes Mother Never Knew

New York

Taste:  A Collection of Contemporary and Traditional Kosher Recipes

New York

A Book of Favorite Recipes

North Dakota

Ohio-Texas

This page includes items from Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Texas. 

There is more information included with each of the titles, click on images to learn more about the individual cookbooks and see more from within these items.

5000 Years in the Kitchen

Texas

Cook Book

Ohio

Kum Essen III:  The Tradition Continues

Oklahoma

The Neighborhood Cook Book

Oregon

Timeless:  Four Generations of Creative Kosher Cuisine

Pennsylvania

Simply More Delicious:  A Collection of New and Treasured Recipes

Rhode Island

Historically Cooking:  250 Years of Good Eating

South Carolina

You Don't Have to be Jewish to Cook Jewish

South Dakota

Recipes by Request

Tennessee

Utah-Wyoming

This page contains cookbooks from Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington DC, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

There is more information included with each of the titles, please click on images to learn more about the individual cookbooks and see more from within these items.

Kosher Yankee Centennial:  100 Years of Jewish Cooking in Vermont

Vermont

NCJW Passover Tasting Recipes:  Appetizers and Desserts

Utah

Men in the Kitchen!:  A Kosher Cookbook for Men and Their Friends

Virginia

Jewish Creative Cooking:  200 years of Jewish Cooking in America ~ with over 4000 years of heritage

Washington, D.C.

Yesterday's Mavens, Today's Foodies:  Traditions in Northwest Jewish Kitchens

Washington

The Jewish Celebrity Cookbook

Wisconsin

Food for Body and Soul

Wyoming

Pioneering Charities 1888-1927

The Commercial Cookbooks