Sabor Judío

The Jewish Mexican Cookbook

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Pub Date Oct 08 2024 | Archive Date Sep 10 2024

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Description

Sabor Judío celebrates the delicious fusion of two culinary traditions: Jewish and Mexican. Written with joy and verve, Ilan Stavans and Margaret Boyle’s lavishly illustrated cookbook demonstrates how cooking and eating connect the Jewish-Mexicans across places and generations. Featuring one hundred deeply personal recipes enjoyed by Mexican Jews around the world, the book is organized by meal—desayuno (breakfast), almuerzo (lunch), and cena (dinner)—and also includes dishes made for Shabbat, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Passover, Hanukkah, Shavuot, and other holidays. 

Sabor Judío isn’t only a cookbook; it is also a vibrant history of Jewish immigration to Mexico from 1492 to the present. It explains how flavors and dishes evolved in Mexican and Jewish kitchens and how they fused into a distinct cuisine, mainly by the labor of Ashkenazi, Sephardic, Mizrahi, and converso women. This cookbook is the product of two award-winning, internationally known Jewish Mexican writers and foodies who spent a decade gathering recipes and personal narratives from Jewish Mexican households. The result is a dynamic and delicious array of recipes and experiences, infusing important cultural heritage into this essential culinary record.

Ilan Stavans, a leading Jewish Mexican scholar and critic, is Lewis-Sebring Professor of Humanities and Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College. Margaret Boyle is director of Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Studies at Bowdoin College and associate professor of Romance Languages and Literatures.

With a preface by Leah Koenig; photographs by Ilan Rabchinskey

Sabor Judío celebrates the delicious fusion of two culinary traditions: Jewish and Mexican. Written with joy and verve, Ilan Stavans and Margaret Boyle’s lavishly illustrated cookbook demonstrates...


Advance Praise

"An instant classic and more than a cookbook—it is a critical portrait of a community. An absolutely new and stellar contribution."—Michael W. Twitty, author of Koshersoul

"An instant classic and more than a cookbook—it is a critical portrait of a community. An absolutely new and stellar contribution."—Michael W. Twitty, author of Koshersoul


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ISBN 9781469682921
PRICE $40.00 (USD)
PAGES 296

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I cannot get enough of this cookbook. It is amazing. I LOVE food fusion—when I first saw the cover, all I had to read was Jewish Mexican, and I was immediately in.

I kept throwing up my hands in sheer delight while reading this, and my family can testify to the fact that I kept sharing little tidbits that I found absolutely fascinating. “Kosherísimo”, BORSCHT CON CREMA, Chipotle Chicken Noodle and Matzah Ball Soup??? Avocado Egg Salad and Cinnamon Churro Babka??! I’m salivating just writing this.

There’s a ton of cultural information dispensed in here, and you will be amazed at the amount of research that went into the background and origins of the selected recipes.

I’m just…utterly thrilled to have access to it. What a treasure. Highly, highly recommended. It is *chef’s kiss*.

Thank you to NetGalley, University of North Carolina Press and Ferris and Ferris Books for an advance copy in exchange for my honest feedback. I am leaving this review voluntarily.

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A wonderful book - great insights, history and culture and enticing recipes. Can’t wait to begin trying some of these recipes as we love Mexican food and to bring the Jewish dimension is quite appealing.

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A beautifully vibrant tableau of Jewish Mexican cooking, featuring hits like kibbe, matzo ball soup, challah, and latkes. The unique aspects of the fusion nature is so cool to me; kibbe served with guacamole and salsa instead of leban; matzo balls with jalapeños, and latkes served with mole sauce. I am Lebanese, so many of these dishes are familiar to me, but it was delightful to experience for myself how they're made in a culture outside of my own. This is a delightful book that I am ABSOLUTELY going to buy for myself and give as gifts to many of my friends.

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