Dorene Sager and Armin Feldman are sister and brother. the idea for the cookbook sprang from the discovery of a treasure trove of their mother’s recipes after she passed away. Now Our Mother’s Recipes, Carrying On a Jewish Tradition is a Web site, a cookbook, a TV show and a place to learn about what the best Jewish cuisine has to offer.
Welcome to BK Walker Books Etc. Armin and Dorene. It's such a pleasure having you here (Scottsdale). I'm very excited about your cookbook, and after reading it I've found some great recipes I'm going to try myself.
BK: Please tell us a bit about youself...
Dorene represents the best of so many different things. Dorene is a cookbook author, a wife and mother, a commercial real estate broker, a devoted family member, a true friend and so much more. Dorene says “I had so much fun working with my brother putting together all of the different ways to showcase our mother’s recipes.
Armin wears a number of hats too. Armin is a cookbook author, husband, dog lover, supporter of friends and family, medical doctor and a lot more. Armin says “What a treat to work with the best sister ever in creating all of these venues to showcase our mother’s remarkable culinary skills.”
BK: What inspired you two to work together to create a cookbook such as this one?
After our mother passed away (our father had passed away 5 years before) we found hundreds of our mother’s handwritten and typed recipes on 3x5 cards, scraps of paper and in notebooks. We wanted to share these great recipes.
BK: What was it like going through all your mother's recipes, deciding which ones to include in the book?
It was a near impossible task because there were so many great ones to choose from. We picked recipes we enjoyed while growing up.
BK: Was there a lot of reminiscing during this process?
Yes. Most social and family occasions involved meals. We shared lots of good memories.
BK: Which is your favorite recipe?
Armin: I absolutely love mom’s beet borscht. You don’t need to even like beets to love this soup.
Dorene: It’s impossible to say, however, you can’t beat our mother’s brisket. It is to die for. I always want to make enough for leftovers the next day.
BK: I hear you two will be doing cooking videos online, tell us a bit about this?
We hope we are not doing cooking videos online. We would like to have a show on the Food Network. Visit our website at ourmothersrecipesonline.com, take a look at our TV pilot and if you like it click on the link to let the Food Network know we should have a show.
BK: Where do you hope your book will be in the future?
The first book in a series. Our next book will be a holiday cookbook.
BK: Where can readers find you?
Our website is www.OurMothersRecipesOnline.com. Please visit and tell your friends. There is tons of information, recipes and tips. Join our Recipe of the Week Club, it’s free.
BK: What can we expect from you two in the future?
Cookbooks, TV shows and cooking demos.
BK: Anything else you'd like to share with us today?
Check in with our website for new developments, locations of our personal appearances, recipes and more.
Add a wonderful cuisine to your everyday meals and special gatherings. Traditional Jewish cooking is flavorful, fun and hearty particularly with Our Mother's Recipes, Carrying on a Jewish Tradition. These recipes have been handed down through many generations influenced by Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Spanish, German and Eastern European styles of cooking. In our family all of these cultural influences were combined, synthesized and affected by local ingredients through the years resulting in sumptuous, rich and wonderfully fulfilling traditional Jewish dishes.
My Thoughts: I loved this cookbook and have found some amazing recipes that I will be cooking for my own family. They are all easy to understand, and though this may be a Jewish Cookbook, you're going to love it! There is something for everyone. Be sure to visit them online too where you can signup for their Recipe of the Week, watch videos of them actually cooking and more.
Thank you for taking time to chat with me Armin and Dorene. I loved the book, love the site and wish you much success in the future.
Armin and Dorene are on virtual book tour and you can view their schedule HERE.