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The German-Jewish Cookbook: Recipes and History of a Cuisine

  • Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis Street San Francisco, CA 94115 (map)

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

In The German-Jewish Cookbook, mother-daughter authors Gabrielle Rossmer Gropman and Sonya Gropman explore the cuisine of pre-World War German Jews. Their new book is both cultural memoir and a source for recipes for soups; vegetable dishes; meats, poultry, and fish; fruit desserts; cakes; and the German version of challah, Berches.

In their presentation, the authors will highlight the ritual and comfort foods that are probably unfamiliar to most American Jews. Gabrielle learned many of the recipes after arriving in New York from Germany in 1939. Other recipes come from the authors’ friends and family, interviews, pre-war German-Jewish cookbooks, nineteenth-century American cookbooks, memoirs, and historical and archival material.

Gabrielle Rossmer Gropman grew up in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood, where the large German-Jewish community spoke German and enjoyed its traditional foods. She owns a consulting firm specializing in mediation training and study tours.

Sonya Gropman is a photographer, decorative painter, and cinema production designer. She coordinates her local community-supported Farm Spot, which partners a local farm with members of her Jackson Heights neighborhood in New York. Sonya blogs at eat+art+word.

Program made possible, in part, by Paul and Shirley Kadden.

Co-presented by Congregation Beth Sholom; the Consulate General of Germany, San Francisco; and Goethe-Institut San Francisco.