Jake Cohen on Connection, Community and Pride Through Jewish Food



In this episode...

Karen sits down with bestselling cookbook author Jake Cohen for a chat about his new cookbook, I Could Nosh (coming out September 12!); his journey from being told Jewish food was too niche to hitting the New York Times bestseller list; bringing back grandma hospitality; and why we all need challah monkey bread in our lives.

You’ll find out:

  • How Jake ended up making Jewish cooking the focus of his food career
  • How Jake’s gotten the non-Jewish food world interested in Jewish cooking
  • How Jake and his husband developed their own modern Shabbat practice
  • The importance of not taking yourself too seriously
  • How Jake has turned his kitchen into the center of hospitality in his life
  • Why Shabbat is the most important Jewish ritual
  • Why word of mouth has been key to Jake’s success
  • Why Jake included a recipe with bacon in his first cookbook

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Episode Guests...

Jake Cohen

Jake Cohen is a New York Times bestselling cookbook author and nice Jewish boy from NYC. After working in some of NYC's best restaurants and test kitchens, he wrote his first book, Jew-ish, about his love of modern Jewish cooking and baking. Jake and his recipes have been featured on Rachael Ray, The Drew Barrymore Show, Live with Kelly and Ryan, Good Morning America, and the Food Network and in the New York Times, Food & Wine, The Wall Street Journal, Bon Appetit, and Forbes, among others. When he's not posting challah-braiding videos and recipes on his Instagram and TikTok (@jakecohen), he's eating around New York City with his husband Alex.

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