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.

Braided Journey Thousand Challahs


2020 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Winner in Women’s Issues Nonfiction
2020 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist in Body, Mind & Spirit
2020 Eric Hoffer Award, Grand Prize Shortlist Finalist
2020 Eric Hoffer Award, 1st runner up in Nonfiction – Home
2020 Eric Hoffer Award, First Horizon Award Finalist
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
“In reading Beth Ricanati’s Braided: A Journey of a Thousand Challahs, one feels as if one is drinking from a spiritual fountain that allows a new wave of life to surge within them. This book offers both a recipe and a path to personal growth and healing. Packed with insight and wisdom, it is one of those rare books that every woman should read.”
Readers’ Favorite, five stars

“Ricanati’s memoir with recipes is a well-written investigation into her maturation as a doctor, her growth as a wife and mother, and the increasing wisdom she gained while pondering Jewish rites and rituals.”
Booklist, starred review

“‘I knead for my needs, ‘ the author insists–and readers are likely to join her.”
Kirkus Reviews

“I smiled while reading this book–I couldn’t help it. It’s not about making challah healthy, it’s about challah-making as healthful. Buy this book for any friend and they’ll get it, they’ll smile, and they’ll learn why you honored them with it.”
–Mike Roizen, MD, four-time #1 New York Times bestselling author and founder of

“This is the perfect prescription for a happy life: slow down, be present, and bake challah. Beth Ricanati has taken the mindfulness movement to kitchens everywhere. This book inspires readers to practice being fully present with yourself and your friends and family during the most nurturing of times.”
–Suze Yalof Schwartz, author of Unplug: A Simple Guide to Meditation for Busy Skeptics and Modern Soul Seekers and CEO/founder of Unplug Meditation

“Beth Ricanati has written a unique book: part recipe, part health, with a whole lot of soul. Reading her book is like making a new friend–you feel transported to her California kitchen. A yummy, cozy and inspiring read.”
–Lori Palatnik, author, media personality, and founding director of The Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project

“This is not just a book about making bread. It is a book about making choices, and like a good challah is at times chewy, evocative, and a little sweet. Its wisdom transported me back to the kitchens of my grandmothers and the knowledge that in complicated times, the way forward is always the simple and beloved.”
–David Baum, PhD, DMin, speaker, coach, conversation architect, and author of Lightning in a Bottle and The Randori Principles

“A women’s wellness doctor who prescribes the practice of baking bread? I feel like this is exactly the kind of out-of-the-box thinking that is going to save the world right now.”
–Jennie Nash, author of The Victoria’s Secret Catalog Never Stops Coming and Other Lessons I Learned From Breast Cancer and founder of

“Beth Ricanati’s book is like having coffee with a girlfriend: honest, interesting, and thoughtful. Part memoir, part cookbook, part health guide–but more than all of these, Braided is a book that will inspire you to dig deep, think about life, and make challah, maybe even at the same time.”
–Ruchi Koval, director of Jewish Family Experience and author of Conversations with God

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