BRAIDED: A JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND CHALLAHS
Beth Ricanati, MD, chats with Big Blend Radio about her new book, “Braided: A Journey of a Thousand Challahs,” that focuses on slowing down, baking, family time, spiritual reflection, and gratitude.
As a physician focusing on women’s health, a mother, a daughter, a wife, a friend, Ricanati felt like many today—like she was on a flying carousel, always busy and disconnected from her body and spirit. But when a friend challenged Ricanati to take the time to make challah from scratch for Shabbas dinner, she was knocked out of her stupor and realized: It was time for me to change. Part memoir, part cookbook, and part manifesto, Braided is a heartwarming and powerful exploration of Ricanati’s personal tradition of baking this challah every Friday. It has become a self-care practice that has sustained her for the last 10 years, allowing her to reconnect with her family, her home, her community, and her faith, and helped ground her again to be present in her own life.
“I used to just prescribe medications[…]; now I also prescribe baking challah,” Ricanati says. “I’ve learned that making food can be medicinal in its own right – even if it is white bread!”
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