A recently published Passover cookbook will help those making their first seder (ritual Passover meal), particularly if they were not brought up in the Jewish tradition.
The cookbook, Passover Seders Made Simple by Zell Schulman, was written specifically with her two intermarried children in mind. The book will also be helpful to young adults living far from home who may be making their first seder, as well as those whose parents and grandparents are no longer with them.
The book deftly accomplishes what its title suggests: it makes the seder seem simple and manageable. Schulman offers basic explanations of what the seder is all about, then moves on to practical checklists of what dishes and utensils will be needed, as well as simple explanations and drawings of what a seder plate should look like, and how to prepare one.
Schulman offers a rich assortment of recipes in both Ashkenazi and Sephardic traditions, as well as low-fat versions of traditional Jewish recipes for the many health-conscious guests who may be attending the seder. And, for the growing number of vegetarians, she includes vegetarian options.
Passover Seders Made Simple (a $16.95 paperback published by IDG Books) would be the perfect gift for anyone making their first seder.