Author(s): Amanda Ruben
Feasting offers modern inspiration on classic Jewish cooking. Serial restaurateur Amanda Ruben of cult Melbourne foodie hotspots 'Cooper and Milla's' and 'Miss Ruben' offers up a range of delicious Jewish staples and new recipes to enjoy. Recipes include classic chicken soup; roast cauliflower with dukkah, crushed hazelnuts and date yogurt; and grilled figs with tomatoes, burrata and vincotto dressing and mouth-watering challah bread and butter pudding. A chapter on Jewish holiday food includes delicious recipes to celebrate over with friends and family. Feasting is the ideal gift or self-purchase for anyone wanting to bring more variety to their family meals.
Amanda Ruben is the founder and owner of Miss Ruben, a New York-inspired deli and cafe in suburban Ripponlea Village, in the heart of Melbourne's Jewish community. The daughter of Jewish parents and a journalist by trade, Amanda grew up in the various kitchens of her entrepreneurial mother, Tamara, who ran a series of food businesses in Melbourne. After switching careers, Amanda opened two food stores in partnership with her mum. The two Cooper & Milla's stores - named after Amanda's two children - offered amazing salads, cakes and simple food based around the best seasonal produce. Miss Ruben has continued the theme, with a greater emphasis on catering and take-home food that subtly pays homage to the Jewish heritage of the area.