Monday, January 26, 2009

Review & Giveaway: Crafting Jewish by Rivky Koenig



I'm not sure what I did to get on Mesorah Publications' mailing list, but boy, am I glad I did it! Back in December, I reviewed Kosher By Design Lightens Up! and shortly after that I received a new book from them, Crafting Jewish. It's a lovely book and I have had a great time looking through it.

I'm not Jewish and I have to admit that many of the holidays and celebrations in this book are completely unfamiliar to me. I had never heard of a succot, but now I have a great menu if I need to bring something to a potluck Succah Hop. I was similarly unfamiliar with Tu B'Shevat, but if you are planning a party to celebrate this spring holiday, the book includes recipes for linzer flower cookes and directions for making a beautiful decoupaged fruit tray to serve them on.

There are lots of projects for kids in this book - a lulav and etrog wall hanging, an "I (heart) Pesach" painted trivet, a beautiful mezuzah covered in stained glass shards, and popsicle stick flowers for Shavuot. The introduction includes special instructions for kids, as well as a list of all the craft supplies and tools you may need. There are costumes for Purim, recipes for Chanukah and lovely handmade items for gift-giving and everyday use. Making your own gifts is a great way to both save money and give an extra measure of love to the people closest to you.

My favorite project in the book was a Glowing Glass Menorah - it's very different from other menorahs I have seen, and I think it would look beautiful on a holiday table or sideboard:




And now the Giveaway:

I want to be able to pass these books on to others who will be able to really use them, so I am having a very special giveaway. I will be giving away my hardcover copies of Kosher by Design Lightens Up and Crafting Jewish. Unfortunately, due to shipping costs, I can only open this contest to readers in the United States. To enter, leave a comment (make sure I have your email address) after this review. You don't have to be Jewish to enter, you just have to enjoy crafting and cooking! Entries are open until Friday, January 30th at midnight EST, and I will announce the winner Saturday morning. Good luck!

10 comments:

jas faulkner said...

I'd love to have the Crafting Jewish book! Have you seen Judaikitsch?

Memory said...

I'm not American, but I just wanted to second Jas's recommendation of Judaikitsch. It's SUCH a fun book.

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Check it out. Write it down: Susan's throwing her name into the hat for this one! When you read my post at Win a Book, you'll see why...

Sunny @ the Library said...

I'd love a chance at the Kosher cookbook. My husband keeps kosher, and I don't, so he's always looking for new recipes to tempt me!


(Also, thanks to those that mentioned Judaikitsch. I just requested it from the library.)

I'm keeping my fingers crossed and thanks for the great giveaway!

SunnyLea(at)gmail(dot)com

rhapsodyinbooks said...

This looks like a great book! I love the picture you posted from it.

nbmars AT yahoo DOT com

AmandaSue said...

Both books sound wonderful. May I please be entered? Thanks.

bookoholic13 said...

Best giveaway evah! :) Please enter me.

darbyscloset said...

Both of these books sound like fun. I'm especially interested in the craft book. I'm not Jewish, yet I have many friends who are and I know they would enjoy the books too!
Thanks,
Darby
darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

itslittlebit said...

I'm sure the crafting book can find a home where it's better loved, but I'd love to entered for the cookbook.

Bonnie said...

That really is a lovely menorah! I'm not Jewish myself, but have several Jewish friends, and have really enjoyed learning more about their holidays to make cards for them. What a fun book!