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Moses Had a Plan. You Need One, Too

March 19, 2013
“Ashburn cook Marcia A. Friedman riffs on family heritage by creating a matzoh ball with a meaty interior in her new cookbook, Meatballs and Matzah Balls: Recipes and Reflections From a Jewish and Italian Life.

Kojo Show LogoPumpkin Cannoli

November 20, 2013
“This recipe comes courtesy of Marcia Friedman, who writes the blog Meatballs and Matzah Balls…”

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Kosher Gnocchi Means You Don’t Have to Pass on Kitchen Delights During Passover

April 2, 2014
“No bread for a week? No problem! A new cookbook, “Meatballs and Matzah Balls,” from Marcia A. Friedman will bring new life to that same-old, same-old with a whole chapter dedicated to Passover…”

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May 29, 2014 (print edition and digital subscriber edition)
“Marcia Friedman enjoys blending her Italian heritage with her Judaism to create some delicious dishes…”

Meatballs and Matzah Balls—Review
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August 1, 2014
Meatballs and Matzah Balls bridges two cuisines and is an easy to follow guide for the kosher cook or any cook. If you are a fan of Italian food, you’ll love this book.”

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Meatballs and Matzah Balls—Review

January 21, 2015
“I highly recommend this cookbook, even if you aren’t normally a “cookbook person.” Go get your copy!”

Gnocchi for Passover? It Is Possible

March 19, 2015Canadian Jewish News
“No bread for a week? No problem! A new cookbook, Meatballs and Matzah nt to cook, but just enjoy good writing and want to learn about food, will enjoy them.”

Thanks to Shared Culinary Heritage, Cookbook Writer Driven to Spheres

February 11, 2016
“Friedman hopes the cookbook provides inspiration for others, too. ‘I hope [the book] is something that can be inspiring, especially to people who have converted or maybe are thinking about converting, or interfaith families — just trying to find ways to integrate Jewish culture and flavor into their lives in a meaningful way.’”       Screen Shot 2016-05-24 at 10.36.43 PM


Five Ways to Add Italian Flavor to Passover

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April 13, 2014
“…beyond the Italian penchant for homemade bread and pasta, there are other foods often universally beloved that add some Italian flair. Here are my top five.”


Beyond Cheesecake and Blintzes: A Shavuot Recipe with MeaningScreen shot 2014-05-28 at 12.07.15 PM

May 30, 2014
“…for me, there’s one dish that holds special symbolism that I love to feature: my recipe for baked sea bass with artichokes, mozzarella, and Old Bay Seasoning. The recipe originated from a straightforward Italian and Italian-Jewish dish of mild fish baked with artichokes, lemon, and herbs. But I saw potential for reinvention.”

Why Shavuot Is Jewish Mother-in-Law’s Day

May 21, 2015
“…But Shavuot, with its emphasis on acceptance—the festival marks the day the Israelites received the Torah—isn’t just significant for those who have converted to Judaism. It’s a time to honor all the modern-day Naomis: the Jewish mothers-in-law who accept converts not only into their faith, but also into their families.”

Jewish-Italian Inspired Lemon-Ricotta Pancakes for Hanukkah

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November 19, 2015
“…But when I discovered that the very first latkes were cheese pancakes, well, that provided motivation for some new recipes. Those early latkes came to be when Italy’s Jews adopted ricotta pancakes as a Hanukkah dish. Those creamy cakes, sitting squarely at an intersection of Jewish and Italian cuisine, could be something to experiment with and make my own.”

Jewish Food Experience

A Frittata That’s Fit for a Picnic

May 23, 2016

Screen shot 2014-05-28 at 12.07.15 PM “Jewish-Italian cooks also embraced and made their own versions of dishes like pasta pies and pasta frittatas—such as Italian Jewish Cooking author Mira Sacerdoti’s “maccheroni frittata,” an open-faced Italian omelet with the addition of pasta (usually spaghetti). Pasta frittatas could frugally use leftover pasta and be delicious at room temperature, making them good options for Shabbat. By their nature, these foods also happen to be perfect picnic fare. Which brings me back to Lag Ba’Omer.” With recipe for Pasta Frittata with Broccoli Rabe, Basil and Pine Nuts.


IndieBookAwards 2014 Indie Book Awards Finalist

May 2014
Meatballs and Matzah Balls: Recipes and Reflections from a Jewish and Italian Life was a finalist in two categories of the 2014 Indie Book Awards:
Cookbook and Home/Garden
Multicultural Non-Fiction

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