The New York Times Passover Cookbook

The New York Times Passover Cookbook

More Than 200 Delicious Recipes from Top Chefs and Writers

By Linda Amster (Editor); New York Times; Joan Nathan (Foreword by)

William Morrow & Company, Hardcover, 9780688155902, 352pp.

Publication Date: February 2010


The classic book that has inspired Passover Seders for more than a decade

From the paper of culinary record comes a delicious trove of more than 200 recipes that celebrate the festivity of the Passover table. Compiled from decades of Times articles, The New York Times Passover Cookbook represents Jewish cuisine from tables and restaurants around the world six kinds of haroseth, for example, and seven versions of matzoh balls.

There are cherished traditional family recipes passed along for generations, as well as innovative kosher dishes to enhance your table not just at Passover, but throughout the year, from such celebrated chefs as Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Charlie Trotter, Wolfgang Puck, and Alice Waters. A special feature, the personal reflections of acclaimed Times writers Molly O'Neill, Ruth Reichl, and Mimi Sheraton about how Passover has enriched their lives, may become meaningful additions to your own Seder service.

Dozens of delectable main-course choices for either meat or dairy meals are yours to enjoy entrees like Jean-Georges' Baked Salmon with Basil Oil; or the Braised Moroccan-Style Lamb with Almonds, Prunes, and Dried Apricots; or a variety of roast chickens, classic and contemporary. For vegetables, consider the abundant selection of memorable side dishes: Carrot and Apple Tsimmes, Beet Crisps, Butternut Squash Ratatouille, and the Union Square Cafe's Matzoh Meal Polenta. And the book's dazzling array of desserts, from Gingered Figs to Passover Brownies, ensures that the festivities will end on a sweet note.

The Seder is one of the most beloved and significant occasions of the Jewish year let The New York Times Passover Cookbook help you make it as joyous as can be.

About the Author
Linda Amster is the editor of The New York Times Jewish Cookbook, The New York Times Chicken Cookbook, and The New York Times Country Weekend Cookbook, as well as coeditor of Kill Duck Before Serving, a collection of some of The Times' most notable corrections. She is the former director of The Times' News Research department and has contributed articles to many sections of the paper, including the "Food Chain" column in the Dining In/Dining Out section and the "Weekly News Quiz" in the Saturday edition. She lives in Manhattan.

Will Shortz has been crossword editor of "The New York Times" since 1993. He is also the puzzlemaster on NPR's "Weekend Edition Sunday" and is founder and director of the annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament.

All we know about Esther Levy is that her maiden name was Jacobs, and she was probably a native Philadelphian. Her recipes show strong German influence, with some English touches, which would have been typical of her fellow Pennsylvanians and contemporary cooking experts. Her English is flawless, while her Hebrew seems nonexistent. Some of the Hebrew names in the Jewish Calendar section are almost unrecognizable. At that time, it was not unusual for Orthodox Jewish families to allow their daughters only the minimum education required for a future wife, such as Jewish dietary laws and ritual bathing.

Praise For The New York Times Passover Cookbook

“The New York Times Passover Cookbook is an excellent, comprehensive sourcebook for the Passover meal.”
-Rebecca A. Staffel,