Kickstarter for The German-Jewish Cookbook


We launched a Kickstarter campaign earlier this week and just realized we haven’t yet shared it with you here! Our campaign is to raise completion funds for our book – to pay for things that we, as the authors, are expected to pay out of pocket. This includes such things as:

— a food stylist for the photo shoot (to ensure the food photos look as good – and delicious – as they possibly can

— our illustrator, Megan Piontowski, for the wonderful drawings she is making for the book

— the expense of having a professional indexer create an index for the book (very important, especially for a cookbook!)

— to transcribe our many audio tapes of interviews with German-Jews.

One of the wonderful things about crowdsourcing is that many small contributions = a huge difference!  Another is that this type of fundraiser lets many people get involved with our process. We will update the campaign page often with news about the book. We welcome anyone who has stories or recipes about German-Jewish food to share them with us! And yet another wonderful thing is rewards! We are offering a wide range of rewards for donations, everything from an e-recipe, to artwork, to tote bags and aprons, to a homemade meal cooked in your home, and of course signed copies of the book. Hear more in the video above and/or click HERE  to go to our Kickstarter page. 

We feel humbled by the incredible outpouring of support for our project in the past several days. We are so appreciative and send out a gigantic thank you to everyone who has contributed thus far. We will be listing names of supporters here soon. We would be grateful to have your support as well. Thanks!

  1. Iris Bachenheimer said:

    Would love to lea RN more about how to purcase the book.

    • sonya said:

      Hi Iris,
      Thanks for writing and for your interest in the book! The book is scheduled to be published in the Fall of 2017. At that point, it will be for sale at book stores and online (I don’t yet have details about where). We are also offering an autographed copy of the book as one of the rewards on our Kickstarter campaign – this is essentially pre-ordering the book, as you will receive it after it is published in 2017. (though other elements of the reward, such an artist print with recipe and a hand-printed postcard will be sent out this summer).
      Hope that helps. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  2. Evelyn Asch said:

    I just came across your wonderful blog, unfortunately too late to contribute to your cookbook. It’s a pleasure to read! My family is German-Jewish on both sides and came to Chicago in 1938 and 1939. The cooking you describe is what I grew up eating at my grandparents’ house. My grandfather always referred to berches, not challah. I look forward to your recipes being published! I will be especially interested in your matzo balls (made with whole matzos?) and “cold fish” (as we called it), carp or, in my grandmother’s case, buffalo, in aspic, which we ate as a first course (never saw such a thing as gefilte fish). I’ll be making my plum torte on muerbeteig this weekend.

  3. sforim photo said:

    Dear Sonya, I would like to say a big thank you to you and your wonderful Mother for preserving the past and doing all the hard work. I have somewhat similar history; my family (partially) still lives in Germany.

    Good luck and all the best.


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