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Judy Bart Kancigor’s Melting Pot Memories

Kancigor, Judy Bart. (1999). Melting pot memories: the Rabinowitz Family cookbook and nostalgic history. Fullerton, CA: Jan Bart Publications. 259 pp. Index. Printed in sepia on cream colored paper and with matching sepia photographs.

Melting Pot Memories by Judy Bart Kancigor 2001 I compared a fourth printing (2001) of Melting Pot Memories (MPM) with Kancigor’s latest book Cooking Jewish (CJ). The copyright page of CJ lists the years 1997, 2003 and 2007. I speculated that CJ was a mainstream publisher’s (Workman) version of the privately published MPM.

Kancigor says, “. . . every time I reprinted MPM, which was a self-published book, I made changes and improvements. There were 8 printings! Now, the difference between my self-published book and my new cookbook, COOKING JEWISH, published by Workman is huge!! Cooking Jewish has 704 pages, over 500 family photos, tons more stories and is totally revamped. There are many new recipes, but even where I used a recipe that was in MPM, it is totally rewritten, because my new publisher really taught me how to write a recipe! And in the thorough, more professional test kitchen many adjustments were made.”

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Interview with Judy Kancigor

front cover of of Judy Bart Kancigor's cookbook, Cooking Jewish Read Linda Morel’s interview, with the author of Cooking Jewish (532 Great Recipes from the Rabinowitz Family).
Kancigor is an Orange County-based food writer. She also speaks about Jewish cooking and family life at synagogues, women’s organizations, and cooking schools. She lives with her husband, Barry, in Fullerton, California.
The Kancigors privately published Judy’s first book, Melting Pot Memories.

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