Recipe: Passover Cheesecake

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The Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook was originally published in 1938. (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)
Originally published in Yiddish, The Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook was discovered in a rare books collection at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York City. YIVO volunteers Wendy Waxman and Barbara Mazur were so inspired by the book that they worked with YIVO to have it translated and republished.

The cookbook is the work of Fania Lewando, a restaurateur from Vilna, Lithuania who’s vegetarian riffs on Jewish food attracted the creative class of Vilna to her restaurant. Lewando was an early advocate for health and the 400 vegetarian recipes in the book feel decades ahead of her time. 

This week on Good Food Waxman tells us that this recipe for Passover Cheesecake will definitely be on her table this year. We’ve included the recipe from the book below as well as a shopping list to help you prep.