Braided: A Journey of a Thousand Challahs


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2019 Wilbur Award, Nonfiction Winner
2019 Readers’ Favorite Awards, Finalist in Nonfiction (Cooking/Food)
2018 Foreword INDIES Winner, Self-Help
2018 National Jewish Book Award in Women’s Studies, Finalist

What if you could bake bread once a week, every week? What if the smell of fresh bread could turn your house into a home? And what if the act of making the bread―mixing and kneading, watching and waiting―could heal your heartache and your emptiness, your sense of being overwhelmed? It can. This is the surprise that physician-mother Beth Ricanati learned when she started baking challah: that simply stopping and baking bread was the best medicine she could prescribe for women in a fast-paced world.