Bagels, Schmears, and a Nice Piece of Fish

A Whole Brunch of Recipes to Make at Home

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Pub Date 15 Mar 2022 | Archive Date 14 Mar 2022

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Bagel lovers rejoice! This delightful cookbook makes it easy to bake fresh bagels in your own kitchen with just five base ingredients and simple techniques. With advice on mixing the dough, shaping the bagels, proofing, boiling, baking, slicing, and storing, you will be a master bagel-maker in no time.

Recipes include two dozen variations on the New York bagel, with classic and innovative flavors ranging from Sesame to Blueberry to Hatch Chile Jack. You'll also find recipes for homemade sweet and savory spreads, schmears, pickles, and other deli mainstays like Home-Cured Lox and Chicken Salad.

With suggested menus for fun brunches and gatherings, photos of finished food and step-by-step techniques, and a charming deli aesthetic, this is both a comprehensive baking resource and a playful guide to making one of America's best-loved foods.



Bagel lovers rejoice! This delightful cookbook makes it easy to bake fresh bagels in your own kitchen with just five base ingredients and simple techniques. With advice on mixing the dough, shaping...


A Note From the Publisher

Cathy Barrow an award-winning cookbook author, gardener, knitter, traveler, and teacher. She is the author of Bagels, Schmears, and a Nice Piece of Fish (Chronicle Books, 2021), When Pies Fly (Grand Central, 2019 ), Pie Squared (Grand Central, 2018), and Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Practical Pantry (W.W. Norton, 2014). Her writing has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Serious Eats, Saveur, Food52, The Local Palate, Garden & Gun, Southern Living, NPR, and National Geographic. Her books have won the IACP Cookbook Award (Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Practical Pantry) and been nominated for the James Beard Award (Pie Squared). From her home outside Washington, DC, shared with husband Dennis and two irrascible terriers, Cathy cooks in a sun-filled kitchen just steps from the garden.

Cathy Barrow an award-winning cookbook author, gardener, knitter, traveler, and teacher. She is the author of Bagels, Schmears, and a Nice Piece of Fish (Chronicle Books, 2021), When Pies Fly (Grand...


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I love brunch and I love bagels so this is right up my alley! A great recipe book for those of us who prefer to stay at home and set up a delicious brunch table at home.

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After reading this book I wonder if the author is willing to adopt me? Wow! I never thought you could make your own cream cheese or sour cream?!? I loved all family stories as much as I loved all the recipes. I sincerely hope the author writes another cookbook with more family recipes.

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What a fun collection of ideas for one of my favorite foods. Lots of ways to expand my enjoyment. A worthwhile. Read. Tasty

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Wow, this book is amazing! There are beautiful images and it makes bagels seem doable at home! Plus, all the schmears sounds so tasty. I'm really very excited about making some of bagel recipes detailed in the book. Not to mention the bagel sandwiches and salads. There's also good advice on how to time everything (for bagels, you need to make the dough, proof it, let it sit, boil, bake...) it's time consuming but the author makes it seem easy! Thank you Net Galley for the early peek at the book. I actually can't wait to buy a hardcopy when it comes out. If you've always wanted to try making bagels at home, this might just be the book for you!

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I grew up in the NYC metro area and bagels and brunch were a weekend way of life. Living in the South Central now, REAL bagels are hard to find. But like most of what I miss, I find a way to make it or have it shipped. Making my own bagels just became my newest project with this book. With recipes to help me not only nail my favorite round carb, but to make the schmears and lox I love so much. A great cookbook, but it’s so much more as it brings the scents and tastes of my youth back to me and stirs up so many memories. Enjoy the book, then enjoy your own brunch with the fruits (Schmears and bagels) of your labor.

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I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is a helpful guide to making bagels! There's a brief history of bagels, recipes and tips, and information on making your own schmear, lox, and bagel sandwhiches. The pictures included in this recipe book are helpful. There's trouble-shooting tips on how to make the right shape bagels and how to cook them. It's a nice look at bagels and brunch ideas I'd actually eat. The recipes are listed in cups and grams so you can be sure that your measurements are accurate. Overall a nice find!

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I am obsessed with bagels, so I really enjoyed this cookbook! I love the fact that the cookbook gives information about the history of bagels, too.

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A very thorough cookbook on bagels, every type of bagel you can imagine and some more!. There are a lot of nice images and plenty of recipes. I was even more surprised at the variety of smear recipes! I will probably only make my own cream cheese smears from now on. The most intriguing recipe I found was Hot Honey and Marcona Almond Cheese! In addition to smears there are many recipes for bagel toppings like pickles, smoked fish, and egg salad! Highly recommend this cookbook for a baker!

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What a lovely find! I could live on bagels, and the cover got me immediately. I remember eating a bagel with cream cheese and smoked salmon every morning and loving it. So this book was definitely for me. I like the history and all the bagel info. And the recipes and the photos are great. I can't wait to try my own cream cheese (the author calls it smears). I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine. Bagel lovers, unite!

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The "stories and asides, history and fables, and tables of Barrow's childhood" make Bagels, Schmears, and a Nice Piece of Fish a warm and enjoyable reading experience. I have made a fair amount of bread and pretzels at home, but never a bagel. I live in the Twin Cities and haven't had a NYC bagel in close to ten years. Tackling bagels at home has been on my to-do list but often the effort seemed like more trouble than its worth. I am happy to report that the easy-to-follow instructions changed my mind. Each bagel sounds better than the last and the pictures made me drool at dinnertime and long for breakfast. I can confidently say there is a bagel for anybody in this delightful little book!

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"Bagels, Schmears, and a Nice Piece of Fish" by Cathy Barrow is an amazing cookbook! Being Jewish and growing up eating this type of food, I was literally drooling over all of the recipes. Brunch food is my favorite type of food and this book didn't disappoint. From bagels to bialies (my favorite!) to cream cheese to smoked salmon (delish!) and more - this is THE essential Jewish brunch food cookbook. The amazing food photos made me drool. This is a 5-star cookbook! Highly recommend!

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Every page of Bagels, Schmears, and a Nice Piece of Fish is filled with mouth-watering gorgeous recipes and pictures that are so tempting, you won't be able to stop yourself from trying out everything.

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Bagel lovers rejoice! I’ll say…. Wow. The bagels still look a bit tough to master but with the easy steps look doable. My love was for the Schmears! The recipes and pairings looked absolutely divine! What did I like? I usually buy my bagels from Panera bread and it’s convenient. The addition of flavors and toppings in this book absolutely caught my eye. So if your not dynamite in the kitchen this book is still worth it’s weight in gold. I flove the schmears! Divine concoctions that make your palate sing. Five stars! Would I recommend or buy? I went right to the schmears in this one. I may willingly try to make a bagel in the future but the cheesy goodness and combinations you can put on a bagel are worth the love I give this cookbook! I will definitely recommend and get a copy. I received a complimentary copy to drool over while waiting for an actual copy to come out and voluntarily left this here!

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“How many sides has a bagel? An inside and an outside. Jewish Riddle” Bagels and cream cheese? Yes please! This book is the A-Z in baking your own bagels, starting with the world famous New York Bagel as well as Pumpernickel (including a little fun history on this flour), Sweet Blueberry, Hatch Chile Jack and a gluten free option. Lots of good information on ingredients, tools and methods as well as a troubleshooting guide. The chapter on “Schmears” is mouth watering including recipes for Hot Honey and Marcona Almond Cheese and Cannoli cheese, sign me up! There is an informative section on all the fishes, including how to home cure lox and how to debone a whole fish, followed by a section on Pickles and Ferments, and ending with the proper way to make a perfect Bagel sandwich. Thank you Netgalley, Chronicle Books, and the author for this eARC in exchange for my honest review.

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A bagel lover and of everything that goes with it. Will have to try some of the what's mentioned here and report back... and talk to the folks in Zebras!

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I learned a lot about bengals it was interesting how she did a history in the beginning of it and then she did the rest of the end but out every chapter she explained how they were made and what they were for. I'm pro New York some bagels have a special spot for me. I like how she explained the different bangles between New York and Montreal that was interesting. Especially like what you did about the different types of fish they put on the bagels that was kind of interesting to. But interesting how her family used to do different bagels And how they were so agreeing in her life.s, I like the different recipes for the different bagels and how she broke them down into chapters seasoning how to make them very easy to follow

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My husband and I relocated to Ohio from a New York City suburb a few years ago and the only thing we found lacking were authentic pizza and bagels. My husband recently tried making bagels himself and they turned out really well. We are looking forward to trying some of the recipes in this book. I found it interesting that the author is from Toledo!

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As a Jewish New Yorker, bagels are a big part of my life. I absolutely loved this cookbook and all of the history that is included in it. The photography in this book is phenomenal, so make sure not to flip through it on an empty stomach. The cream cheese recipes were my favorite, because I didn't realize it isn't that complicated to make your own cream cheese, so thank you for that piece of wisdom Cathy Barrow! This cookbook would make the perfect gift for anyone who enjoys bagels, and I'll be gifting this to my mom and definitely can't wait to try out these recipes with her.

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I love making bagels and there are some really cool ideas in here I can’t wait to try at the next brunch!

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Bagel lovers unite! I had no idea how many different types of bagels there are. I also had no clue all the different topping recipes are available to eat on the bagels. "Bagels, Schmears, and a Nice Piece of Fish" by Cathy Barrow is a definite go-to for bagel lovers! Borrow shares her family love of food, and discusses types of flour, salt, seeds, and techniques like proofing, boiling and baking. My favorite part is all the recipes for delicious spreads, butters, homemade pimento cheese, egg salad and so much more. Sides like pickled onions and a entire chapter devoted to different types of fish with recipes to compliment any meal. Thank you NetGalley and Chronicle Books for allowing me to review this georgous cookbook. It will be published March 14, 2022.

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If you want to make the great deli standard bagels, this is the cookbook for you. Bagels are notoriously difficult to produce in a residential kitchen, and while Barrow does a good job of offering solutions, including using a pizza stone to get crispy crusts, nothing will make bagels an easy project. The later half of the book, with ideas for bagel sandwiches, is likely to be more accessible.

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Really liked how straightforward this book was! Bagel making seems like a tough task — especially once you add in the East Coast/West Coast rivalry — but this book kept it simple and focused on the foundations. I liked the variety and honestly am surprised at how many recipes around bagels the author was able to get together. I also liked the brightly lit and appetizing photography.

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Very nice book on bagels and sides. This would be very giftable to a relocated New Yorker who can't get good bagels. It has a little history on the author and on bagels and delis, but mostly has a few base recipes and then ways to modify them. While I will continue to support my many local bagel shops, While I will continue to support my local shops for bagels, I will try making my own schmears now with the techniques and recipes in the book.

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Will I actually try making my own bagels? Look, I've got to be honest. I don't know. I'm not much of a chef, & it seems hard! Plus, what if I screw it up? How will my ancestors feel? I can't handle that guilt. But there's something soothing about having this beautiful cookbook at the ready, as though maybe someday I will take on the massive challenges of cooking the foods of my people. And despite my inabilities in the kitchen, I got so much out of this book, which is more than a cookbook. It's a love letter to Judaism, to Jewish food, to the Jewish people. And it is a gift to us all.

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I love bagels and could probably eat only them for breakfast the rest of my life and feel perfectly content. Ive triend making homemade bagels before and they never turn out, and always taste a bit bland, but I made the hatch chilli jack bagels fresh for breakfast this morning and they turned out perfectly!

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This book is chock full of bagel recipes that are very doable for a novice. And omg the shmears!!! My mouth was watering just looking at the pictures. I look forward to making all of them. Love this book!

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