Joan Nathan is the name associated with Jewish cooking in America. In addition to her many books for grown-up cooks, she is the author of The Children's Jewish Holiday Kitchen, a book filled with kid-friendly recipes that show how families can enjoy the Jewish holidays together.
Her introduction to the Hanukkah chapter is followed by six recipes and activities that anyone can enjoy.
From The Children's Jewish Holiday Kitchen, by Joan Nathan:
"Can you guess, children, which is the best of all holidays? 'Hanukkah, of course ... You eat pancakes every day,' said Sholen Aleichem. And who doesn't like potato latkes? These Russian potato pancakes were once a poor man's dish cooked in goose fat, symbolizing the oil that burned for eight days.
Although Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, is a relatively minor religious holiday, it has assumed major importance in our country, coming right around Christmastime. In our family, we do not try to compete with Christmas. I explain that everyone has a winter holiday to brighten up those cold days, and then, of course, we go into the traditions of Hanukkah.
My husband tells the story of the weak conquering the mighty more than 2,000 years ago, when the Maccabee brothers defeated the Syrian king Antiochus' huge army, which was trying to make the Jews give up their religion. When the temple was clean, the people wanted to light the menorah. There was only enough oil for one day, but by a miracle it burned for eight days. And so we celebrate Hanukkah to commemorate the rededication of the Temple of Jerusalem.
In our house, we celebrate with our close friends and their children. It is a joyful, fun-filled time, with presents for each child, dreidel spinning and a festive meal of pot roast, potato pancakes, applesauce and Hanukkah cookies that the children help prepare."
-- Joan Nathan.
- Edible Dreidel
- Edible Menorah
- Potato-Vegetable Latkes
- Candle Cupcakes
- Aunt Lisl's Butter Cookies