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A Journey of a Thousand Challahs
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2020 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Winner in Women's Issues Nonfiction 2020 Eric Hoffer Award, Grand Prize Shortlist Finalist 2019 Wilbur Award, Nonfiction Winner 2018 Foreword INDIES Winner, Self-Help 2018 National Jewish Book Award in Women's Studies, Finalist
What if you could bake bread once a week, every week? What if the smell of fresh bread could turn your house into a home? And what if the act of making the bread—mixing and kneading, watching and waiting—could heal your heartache and your emptiness, your sense of being overwhelmed? It can. This is the surprise that physician-mother Beth Ricanati learned when she started baking challah: that simply stopping and baking bread was the best medicine she could prescribe for women in a fast-paced world.
2020 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Winner in Women's Issues Nonfiction 2020 Eric Hoffer Award, Grand Prize Shortlist Finalist 2019 Wilbur Award, Nonfiction Winner 2018 Foreword INDIES Winner, Self-Help 2018 National Jewish Book Award in Women's Studies, Finalist
What if you could bake bread once a week, every week? What if the smell of fresh bread could turn your house into a home? And what if the act of making the bread—mixing and kneading, watching and waiting—could heal your heartache and your emptiness, your sense of being overwhelmed? It can. This is the surprise that physician-mother Beth Ricanati learned when she started baking challah: that simply stopping and baking bread was the best medicine she could prescribe for women in a fast-paced world.
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  • Beth Ricanati, MD is an award-winning author who has built her career around bringing wellness into women's everyday lives, especially busy moms juggling life and children. She has practiced internal medicine at the NY-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center and the Cleveland Clinic. In addition, her writings have appeared in peer-reviewed medical journals and many lifestyle blogs. Ricanati lives in the Los Angeles area with her family and one challah-loving dog.
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    Starred review from August 1, 2018
    Ricanati's memoir with recipes is a well-written investigation into her maturation as a doctor, her growth as a wife and mother, and the increasing wisdom she gained while pondering Jewish rites and rituals. Every Friday for 10 years, Los Angeles-based Ricanati has been baking challah, a traditional Jewish braided bread made for Friday night Sabbath dinner, with all the accompanying habits and prayers. There's no requirement to be Jewish to bake challah, and really any bread-making or other type of intricate cookery could be substituted in fulfilling Ricanati's recommendation that taking a break from life to create something nourishing is a great way to reconnect with one's self, spiritually and mentally, as it was for her. On the surface, it's all about the recipe and 14 steps to fashioning the final product. Yet along the way, there's plenty of advice about the right ingredients to use, questions regarding salt and eggs and health, useful baking tools, and the like. Plus, Ricanati's woven-in stories about her childhood, residency, and medical practice are authentic and touching meanders that lead to her sharing what she's learned and other important life lessons. (Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2018, American Library Association.)

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