Review: 1, 2, 3, Nosh with Me
1, 2, 3, Nosh with Me
by Micah & Joshua Siva, illustrated by Svlatoslav Franko
The Collective Book Studio, 2023
Count along with Buckwheat, an adorable dog, as he eats his way through the Jewish year. A beautiful golden challah for Shabbat and two fluffy matzoh balls in our soup are among the delicious offerings. All of the foods look scrumptious thanks to the bright and cheery artwork.
All of the foods are typical of the Ashkenazi culture, but all of the special days are important to all streams of Judaism. The challah recipe at the back of the book, along with instructions for forming a round coiled challah, are easy to follow. The tradition of “taking challah” (separating and burning a small portion of challah dough before baking) is not included but the recipe does not require the amount of flour that would be necessary for this. This book would be appealing to all children, bridging cultures with our shared love of food. It’s a great addition to any home or classroom library for our younger readers.
Editor's Note: This book may work best with readers already familiar with Jewish cuisine and customs, as the food items are frequently presented without context. There are year-round foods (kugel, knishes) and holiday foods (sufganiyot, hamantaschen) presented one after another without distinction, and the holidays are often implied through additional symbols rather than explicitly named.
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