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1 Mar

Google Hangout with the Authors of The New Jewish Table


This Tuesday, March 5 at 2:30 p.m. (EST) come hang with the authors of our upcoming book The New Jewish Table: Modern Seasonal Recipes for Traditional Dishes. Right in time for Passover, authors Todd Gray and Ellen Kassoff Gray will be releasing their book and “hanging out” live via Zagat’s Google+ page.

Todd and Ellen will be on hand to discuss their new book which is filled lots of “love and lox,” dish about the Washington D.C. dining scene (their restaurant, Equinox, is just steps from the White House!), and chat about other fun topics.

I had the pleasure of meeting Todd and Ellen a few months ago when they stopped by the Flatiron Building to meet the  St. Martin’s Press team. In tow, they had suitcases stuffed with delicious recipes that Todd made straight from the book: Chopped Liver with Sweet Marsala Onions, Sweet and Sour Eggplant on Crispy Garlic Toast, Gruyere Cheese Puffs, BBQ’d Wild King Salmon with Sweet Corn, and Morrison Street Sour Cream Coffee Cake. Obviously editing recipes and staring at photos of food doesn’t come anywhere near the experience of actually tasting the real thing. And wow, were we blown away! The recipes take traditional Jewish meals  and blend it with unexpected modern flavors and ingredients. My favorite example of this is the Chopped Liver which has hard-boiled eggs folded in to the pate, and then there’s a surprisingly delicious Italian twist added in with the Marsala wine. It was such a unique and ingenious combination that I couldn’t stop eating it! I think I could have eaten the entire bowl if I was left to my own devices. Lucky for my colleagues, my mother taught me how to share!

If you want to participate in the Google+ Hangout, click here to RSVP and join in the fun. Then, on March 5th, don’t forget to click back on the same link to participate in the livestream and ask Todd and Ellen any burning questions you might have. To pre-order a copy, click the following link:


I'm an assistant editor at St. Martin's Press. I caught the crafting bug when I was little and I wouldn't let my parents leave the store without buying me a crafting kit---any crafting kit! I wove baskets, folded origami, made jewelry, and painted glass. I'm an avid, but impatient knitter, so I'm always choosing projects that I can finish over a weekend. I also love to cook and bake. When I'm not working in the office working on craft books, my weekend consists of , well...making something with my hands. I'm usually scouring whatever's fresh at the farmer's market or food co-op, trying out new recipes, and working on my latest craft project.

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