Ellie’s Deli, Wishing on Matzo Ball Soup by Lisa Greenwald

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“Wishing on Matzo Ball Soup” is a delightful and heartwarming novel that captures the essence of the emotions of young girls on the cusp of becoming teenagers. We meet the main character, Ellie, a spunky character with a special love for her “Bubbie” and the Deli that has been in their family for several generations. We read as Ellie swings between childhood in her belief that she can wish her troubles away by “Wishing On Matzo Ball Soup” and her journey toward adulthood, during which Ellie and her best friend formulate a plan to save the deli. One of the many highlights of this book is the inclusion of fun recipes. Greenwald takes the reading experience to a whole new level by exposing us to recipes and customs that are part of the Jewish community. Also, each recipe is accompanied by a delightful illustration. These visuals enhance the reading experience and transport the reader further into the story’s enchanting world. The illustrations bring the characters and their emotions to life, making connecting and rooting for them easy. “Wishing on Matzo Ball Soup” is a lovely novel that combines spunky characters, a kind-hearted atmosphere, fun recipes, and beautiful illustrations. Lisa Greenwald’s writing will provide the young reader with a character that serves as a reminder that a kid can make a difference in another person’s life. The tale she weaves will surely stay with the reader long after turning the last page.

With Yom Kippur arriving on Monday, perhaps you might want to break your fast with a delicious bowl of Matzo Ball Soup.

It’s time to put on your apron!

Coming next Tuesday – Grated Tomato and Rotisserie Chicken Farfalle

3 responses to “Ellie’s Deli, Wishing on Matzo Ball Soup by Lisa Greenwald”

  1. Dorothy's New Vintage Kitchen – I'm a writer, cook, gardener, photographer, poet, quilter, and accomplished daydreamer. I'm also a wife, mother, grandmother, sister. cousin, aunt, and friend, no particular order on any given day. I've been a writer all my life, newspaper reporter and columnist, radio news writer, and magazine contributor, and poet and short-story writer as the spirit moves. Now, I turn my attention to my cookbook, the blog, and a cooking column "Memorable Meals," which runs in our county newspaper. Besides my family, I love dogs, cats, good coffee, chocolate, and my never-dwindling pile of books I intend to read. Our family ran a small Vermont Inn for 18 years, with our focus on local, organic ingredients. I cook from scratch, and try not to use anything that has ingredients I cannot pronounce! After many years of daily serving up local delicacies, cooking classes, and catering, we are now only open for special events, and the odd cooking class. We also host musicians and artists, having helped produce a musical festival and other musical events for nearly 20 years. Many incredible artists have found a place at our table. Wonderful experiences, we will treasure always. My family and friends are my practice subjects. With a family that includes nut, peanut, tree fruit, and vegetable allergies, gluten intolerance, dairy intolerance, vegetarians, vegans, heart conscious, and a couple of picky eaters, there has to be a few quick tricks in the book to keep everyone fed and happy! Personally, I do not eat red meat or most full-fat dairy (usually) for health reasons, making the occasional exception at Thanksgiving and Christmas or our anniversary if the duck is locally raised. I do eat fish and seafood, so I try to come up with alternatives and substitutions when available. I serve local organic eggs and cheeses to my family who can tolerate dairy (My husband recently had a heart attack, and I need to watch my own cholesterol so I am careful, but have been known to let a little piece of really good cheese accidentally fall on my plate!). I believe strongly that eating in a way that is good for our planet is also good for our bodies, and I try to educated myself about our food sources! I cook by the seasons and draw on inspiration from the strong and talented women in my family who came before me, as well as the youth in the family who look at the world with fresh eyes. Food links us all, whether sharing a meal, cooking it together, or writing about it for others to enjoy. I love taking an old recipe and giving it a modern spin, especially if I can make it a littler healthier and use foods that are kinder to the Earth and to our bodies. I believe strongly in sustainable, delicious eating of whole foods, and the wonderful flavors we have at our fingertips! And finally, I love conversing with all the talented cooks and chefs out there who dot the globe! It's a wonderful, world full of culinary pen pals, and I cherish them all! XXXOOO Dorothy
    Dorothy’s New Vintage Kitchen says:

    This sounds really enchanting Bernie!

    • Thanks Dot. I will give it to Maya next year. I think she will appreciate the plot better when she is a little older. I like plucky little characters and people❤️

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