Elizabeth Ehrlich: Miriam’s Kitchen

(Memoir, 384 pp. 1997)

Ehrlich describes her mother-in-law Miriam, a Holocaust survivor born in a small village in Poland, thus: “A keeper of rituals and recipes, and of stories, she cooks to recreate a lost world, and to prove that unimaginable loss is not the end of everything.” Ehrlich assembles recipes, stories, and traditions from Miriam’s family, as well as from her own, into a vibrant collage that evokes Jewish life past and present.