This book was originally published in 1992 by Perigee and was praised for its accessibility — a goal Karen Fox and I worked hard to achieve. When the rights to SEASONS FOR CELEBRATION reverted to us and POD (Print on Demand) made it feasible to reissue the book, we did so.
People particularly like the kosher recipes we provide in the book, including this recipe recommended for the Jewish holiday of Simhat Torah.
3 carrots (or more) (peeled)
4 sweet potatoes (peeled)
3 tart apples
½ cup brown sugar
3 Tbsp. margarine
1 cup water
1 6-oz package dried apricots
Cook carrots and potatoes in water until soft. Drain liquid and slice. Pare and slice apples. Alternate layers of carrots, apples, and potatoes with the brown sugar, margarine, apricots, and cinnamon. Add water, cover, and bake in 350-degree oven for 1 hour (or until apples are soft). Baste with its own juice occasionally. Remove cover for last 15 minutes to brown top. Serves 6.
Note: To make this recipe non-dairy be sure to use non-dairy rather than dairy margarine.
Here is the note to our second edition:
This second edition of our book is being brought to you thanks to the miracle of the internet and POD (print on demand).
We’ve very pleased to again make available this book – which received great book reviews for its accessibility, information, and recipes!
Yet, due to the peculiarities of this book’s rebirth, we were unable to take out references to old Jewish resources. But as this is a brave new world from when our book first appeared in 1992, the ease of the Internet has solved the problems of Jews in the hinterlands being able to obtain Jewish ritual items in an instant.
The appendix in the back of the book is somewhat different than the original appendix. The new appendix still explains the Jewish calendar, but does not now provide a Jewish calendar for the next few years because that info is available on the internet.
We have added one Shabbat/holiday ritual to the appendix. It is the blessing said over the ritual washing of the hands between the blessing (and drinking) of the Kiddush wine on Shabbat/holidays and the blessing (and eating) of the challah (or matzah on Pesach).
Once again we want to express our gratitude and appreciation to Vicki Reikes Fox, whose love of Judaism inspires her art. The illustrations within this book capture the beauty and meaning of significant Jewish moments. And now Vicki is the author of the book “Shalom Y’All: Images of Jewish Life in the American South.”
May all your holidays and celebrations be happy and healthy!
Rabbi Karen L. Fox
Phyllis Zimbler Miller
January 2008 / Shvat 5768