Marla Brooks is a Los Angeles-based writer whose love of old-fashioned comfort food was encouraged by growing up in the family that ran Slobod's Delicatessen in Philadelphia in the '30s and '40s.
Her first book with Pelican, How to Cook Like a Jewish Grandmother, is a project near and dear to her heart. The recipes in the book are her way of handing down family memories to future generations. There's probably not a person alive who doesn't salivate at the recollection of a favorite childhood meal. Family recipes handed down through the generations change very little in the process because we savor those childhood memories.
Though there might be an occasional low-fat or low-calorie recipe in her book, Ms. Brooks explains why she chose recipes full of items that people are steering away from for everyday cooking. "Our approach to cooking and eating has changed a great deal in recent years. We've become a more health-conscious society and try to eat right. Cooking trends come and go, and it's become nearly impossible to keep up with all the new dietary data that will enable us to live healthy lives well into our golden years. In spite of it all, we eat. How to Cook Like a Jewish Grandmother is for those folks who want to enjoy a good, old-fashioned meal."
Ms. Brooks grew up in Hollywood, California, and attended the famous Hollywood High School. Her lifelong connections to the entertainment industry led to a career as a freelance writer for the magazine Inside Hollywood, Los Angeles Magazine, and others. She also wrote a monthly feature for Cat Fancy magazine on celebrity pets and is the author of two celebrity cookbooks.
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