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Family friendly Passover cookbook

A new children’s book serves up Jewish folk tales and cuisine for families preparing to celebrate Passover. During the eight-day holiday that begins the evening of March 25, Jews do not eat any leavened products, which can be challenging for kids. “Jewish Fairy Tale Feasts: A Literary Cookbook,” by award-winning children’s writer Jane Yolen and Heidi E.Y. Stemple, pairs 18 of Yolen’s richly detailed retellings of Jewish folk tales from around the world with Stemple’s kid-friendly recipes. This is the second collaboration between the mother and daughter, who live in Western Massachusetts. In 2009, they co­authored “Fairy Tale Feasts.” Yolen’s mysterious Passover tale, “And the Matzo Was Still Warm,” is followed by Stemple’s recipe for matzo brei, the eggy breakfast treat. Matzo lasagna is an adaptation of the popular dish. In the introduction, the authors encourage readers to experiment and be creative with the stories and recipes. “Be playful,” they write. “Jewish Fairy Tale Feasts” available at bookstores.