Thursday, November 4, 2010

A Jewish Calendar of Festive Foods | Completed!

Something pretty exciting came in the mail for me last week: A Jewish Calendar of Festive Foods! A whole bundle of them. And mine was signed. (Last week was a good mail week // I heart books.)
The sneak peek I posted for this project was eons ago it seems, so here's a little reiteration:
"Since December of 2008, I've been working with the author of this unique cookbook, Jane Portnoy, to create a professional and practical book design. But the beginnings of this book came long before I entered the picture. Jane is Assistant Professor of Clinical Ophthamology at the University of Pennsylvania. Which probably makes you think, "Sheesh. How in the world does she have time to write and publish a book?" Great question. I still haven't figured that one out! What I do know is that this project is a lifelong dream of hers. One tends to make time for those sorts of things."

And an excerpt from the introduction:
"I began collecting recipes from my mother’s friends when I was about twelve. At first, I collected only desserts. Then, whenever I encountered a special dish, I asked for the recipe. Recipes therefore became much more than food, but also links to special people, places, and memories. And that to me is the real meaning of tradition — taking the best of what you know and linking it to the future. To do this in the context of the Jewish calendar is a rare and special privilege. " (Copy courtesy of Jane Portnoy)
A Jewish Calendar of Festive Foods is an intelligent combination of the traditional foods and calendar of the rich Jewish heritage. After almost two years of testing and editing again and again, the book is complete, printed and ready to be enjoyed. If you're interested in purchasing a copy of the book for your own collection, you can do so here...and just in time for the holidays!

Illustrations by Robin Reikes.
Book printed by Jostens USA.
Primary Title Font: Bodoni
Primary Body Copy Font: Avenir


  1. So glad this is finished and it looks great! I thought I was pretty familiar with that book after all the editing and proofing, but I can only imagine how intimately you must know every page and recipe :P.

  2. wow! this is gorgeous! i definitely need a copy...thanks for the idea :)

  3. Thank you for your interest in the book. I was so fortunate to work with Megan, who really stuck with me through the difficult proof-reading months. I think her design sense is wonderful; it will be a joy to see her talent soar. If you have any questions about recipes, you can email at