Zoe Zak, THE COOK AND THE RABBI: Recipes and Stories to Celebrate the Jewish Holidays

Event date: 
Sunday, April 14, 2024 - 3:00pm
Event address: 
Oblong Rhinebeck
6422 Montgomery Street
Rhinebeck, NY 12572


Stumped for what to cook for Passover this year? Zoe Zak has the answer! Join us on Sunday April 14th for a delicious exploration of the Jewish holidays, with illuminating conversations about meals shared by friends: a rabbi and a cook.

Free. Registration Required


Zoe ZakThe Cook and the Rabbi by Susan Simon and Zoe Zak

For many belonging to the Jewish diaspora, understanding the holidays means lighting a menorah for Chanukah, maybe hosting a seder during Passover. But, if celebrated with an understanding of the storied customs behind the festivities, these occasions can be so much more than candles and matzah. Following the lunisolar calendar, James Beard Award–winning author Susan Simon and Zoe B Zak devote a chapter to each of the fourteen holidays. From Selichot to Rosh Hashanah, Purim to Pesach, every holiday has history, interpretation, and foods, with kosher recipes that reimagine traditional dishes with flair.

More than a cookbook, The Cook and the Rabbi is a testament to the resilient versatility of the Jewish people and their traditions. With Zoe’s thoughtful insight and Susan’s inspired recipes and folk-art-inspired illustrations, there’s no end to the ways you might celebrate the holidays and make your personal relationship with them uplifting, inspiring, and deeply fulfilling. Chag Sameach!

"Meaningful gatherings. Delicious food. A deep understanding of the human condition. This book warms the heart." ― Maira Kalman, author and artist

"For someone like me, who has lived in fear of brisket, here is the book we have been waiting for..."― Mark Kurlansky, author

Zoe B. Zak Zoe B Zak has served as the rabbi of Temple Israel of Catskill in Catskill, NY since 2012. She is well matched to her warm, out-reaching community of congregants, being a person with great heart and a passion for service to others. Together Rabbi Zoe and her congregation have created a welcoming home for all, including families of special needs children. Every congregant is included, respected and given a chance to participate at services and other celebrations. 

Susan Simon is a James Beard award–winning cookbook author and illustrator. She lives in Hudson, New York.

Oblong Books in Rhinebeck is a fully wheelchair accessible space with on-site van accessible parking. Microphones and speakers will not be used at this event but can be made available with advance notice. If you have specific questions about the space or how an event can be made more accessible to you, please do not hesitate to contact us: info@oblongbooks.com

The Cook and the Rabbi: Recipes and Stories to Celebrate the Jewish Holidays By Susan Simon, Zoe B. Zak Cover Image
ISBN: 9781682688106
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Countryman Press - September 5th, 2023