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A feast for family and friends

Jewish food isn’t just chicken soup and salt beef with pickles – a new book called Feasting is updating the classics and putting a creative spin on making food to feed a crowd

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Food is integral to Jewish culture and sharing meals with family and friends, whether on a Friday night Shabbat dinner or special occasion, is a way to connect with people and nourish ourselves and each other. Australian Amanda Ruben, who runs the Jewish deli and café Miss Ruben in Melbourne, was inspired to update dishes from her heritage in her book Feasting: A New Take On Jewish Cooking (Hardie Grant, £25), which ‘are made for bringing together the families and friends of today’, with culinary influences from the many different countries that Jewish people call home.

Amanda credits her mother, who ran a catering business, as inspiring her love of cooking, and says her book is called ‘Feasting’ because she doesn’t know any other way to cook or eat. The aim of the book is to allow you to ‘mix and match the recipes to make your own feasts’ with most dishes ‘requiring little skill; some need a bit more effort, but are well worth it. For others, you can cheat a bit’. Mostly, Amanda says, ‘This book is about stopping your busy lives to bring people together to eat – enjoy.’

WHOLE ROASTED CAULIFLOWER WITH TAHINI AND TOMATO SALSA

Cauliflower is my favourite vegetable and I could eat it cooked like this every day. If you don’t have time to slow roast it, parboil it until soft enough to pierce with a fork

SERVES 4-6

• 1 large cauliflower head

• 1 tbsp saffron threads

• 1 tbsp sumac

• 1 tsp ground turmeric

• 1 tsp ground cumin

• 1 tsp ground coriander

• ½ tsp ground chilli

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