If you follow our work you probably know how big fans we are of the Monday Morning Cooking Club. Over the last few months, we have been reviewing their books and sharing with you our opinion about them. Today we bring you their third book, It's always about the food.
Two bestselling books later, and now a group of five women, the Monday Morning Cooking Club returns with a stunning third book which is the result of a two-year search for recipes from the global Jewish diaspora - those much-loved dishes that have nurtured a community and have been feeding family and friends for years.
The Monday Morning Cooking Club started as six food-obsessed and unstoppable Jewish Sydney women who loved food, wanted to raise money for charity, and wanted to create beautiful cookbooks. These books would collect the very best recipes from their community as well as honor and share stories of immigration, survival, joy, family, and connection.
It's Always About the Food is a delicious and rich, story-filled snapshot of cooking in the global Jewish diaspora, which gathers together the very best cooking and favorite recipes from the global Jewish community, reflecting the Jewish people's love for food and cooking, and the importance of the family table. This book is all about the food, flavors, and the most delicious family recipes - not from a restaurant or a test kitchen, but from the heart of the home.
We have been trying some of the recipes of this book, and they are even more delicious than the recipes in the two previous books. The quality of the photos and design is also something that we think is better, getting very close to their last book, Now For Something Sweet. In It's always about the food is very clear that this group of women has been learning how to make awesome cookbooks.
What we like most in the Monday Morning Cooking Club's books is the feeling of comfort and authenticity of each recipe. Do you recognize that feeling that strikes you every time you taste the food of your grandparents, or you try something that remembers your childhood? Yes? So, that is the feeling that we feel every time we read these books or try out their recipes.
The most surprising thing about all this, is that we are not Jewish and we never went to Australia, in fact, we are very far away from it, in Porto Portugal. But what really happens here is that we both share the same passion for good food. So, for us, every time we explore the stories and recipes of their books, it's like we are exploring the stories and recipes of our communities. Although differents, both share the same essence, the love for food.
It's always about the food it's probably our favorite book (it's difficult to choose a favorite!) from the Monday Morning Cooking Club. They are all very good, but this one has something special on it, that it's difficult to put in words. In this book, the recipes are so authentic and real, that every time you try them, it's almost like you sharing a seat in your table with the person who has created the recipe.
It's always about the food is a great cookbook that perfectly captures the love that Jewish people have for food and cooking. With tons of stories and delicious family recipes, this book represents all the best in home cooking.