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Dresner, Samuel H; Siegel, Seymour. The Jewish Dietary Laws. Burning Bush Press, New York. 1959. United Synagogue Book Service; 1980. Paperback. ISBN 0-838121-05-5.[Conservative authorship. The book presents liberal positions on ingredients, wine, cheese, gelatin, swordfish. Among Conservative rabbis, the book reflects more lenient views.]
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Epstein, Rabbi Joseph D. Mitzvot Habayit: The Precepts of the Jewish Home (translated by Gershon Taschman). Torath HaAdam Institute, New York, 1981. [Translation of the introduction to the author's comprehensive work of the same name in Hebrew.]

Forst, Binyomin. The Laws Of Kashrus. Artscroll Mesorah. Hardcover. [A comprehensive exposition of their underlying concepts and application]
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Goldman, Alex J. Handbook for the Jewish Family: Understanding and Enjoying the Sabbath and Other Holidays. ISBN 0-819700-85-1. Out of print

Greenberg, Blu. How to Run a Traditional Jewish Household Paperback reprint edition (September 1985) Simon & Schuster (Paper); 1985; ISBN 0-671602-70-5. Jason Aronson (Hardcover); 1989; ISBN 0-876688-82-2.
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Graetz, Naomi .Silence Is Deadly: Judaism Confronts Wifebeating Hardcover: 244 pages. Publisher: Jason Aronson (September 1, 1998). ISBN 0-765760-13-4
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KiTov, Eliyahu. The Jew and His Home: A Guide to Jewish Family Life. Shengold, 1963. Philipp Feldheim; 1999. Hardcover. ISBN 1-583303-96-0.
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Levi, Shonie and Kaplan, Sylvia. Guide for the Jewish Homemaker. Schocken Books, New York. 1964. ISBN 0-805200-87-8. Out of Print.

Lipschutz, Yacov. Kashruth: A Comprehensive Background and Reference Guide to the Principles of Kashruth (The Artscroll Series). Mesorah Publications Ltd.; 1988. Hardcover. ISBN 0-899065-58-9.
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Lubavitch Women's Organization. Body and Soul: A Handbook for Kosher Living, Lubavitch Women's Cookbook Pub, NY. 1989. Bloch Pub Co; 1997.Paperback. ISBN 0-826602-39-8. [Short introduction to kosher basics.]
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Lubavitch Women's Organization: Blau, Esther; Deitsch, Tzirrel; Light, Cherna. Spice and Spirit: Complete Kosher Jewish Cookbook. Lubavitch Women's Cookbook Pub, NY, 1990, 1997. Hardcover. Reprint edition. ISBN 0-826602-38-X. [Contains detailed information about the laws of kashrut and holidays from the Lubavitch point of view and thus follows Lubavitch customs regarding Kashrut; for non-Lubavitch, use in conjunction with other Kashrut references. Lots of traditional recipes that tend not to fail, if followed. Good section on Passover baking.]
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Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, Rabbinical Council of America. Kashruth: Handbook for Home and School UOJCA, New York. 1972.

Rosenberg, Ehud. Meat and Dairy, an illustrted guide for the Kosher Kitchen. Mesorah, NY. 1991. [Uses pictures to teach about kashrut.]

Syme, Daniel. The Jewish Home: A Guide for Jewish Living. Union of American Hebrew Congregations; 1998. Paperback. ISBN 0-807404-00-4. [Reform]
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Wagschal, S. The Practical Guide to Kashruth. Philipp Feldheim; 2000. Hardcover. ISBN 0-873065-61-1.
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Welfeld, Irving. Why Kosher - An Anthology of Answers. Jason Aronson, New York. 1996. Hardcover. ISBN 1-568216-06-8. [Offers a variety of opinions on the subject from some of Judiasm's greatest thinkers.The sources explored come from ancient Egypt and the internet. Among the comments expresse are those of Maimoides, Nehama Leibowitz, Cynthia Ozick, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Dennis Prager, Abraham Joshua Heschel and Adin Steinsaltz.]
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Also, every Jewish household, if you're at all interested in Kashrus, should subscribe to Kashrus Magazine (, published by Yeshiva Birkas Reuven. For information, contact Kashrus at P.O. Box 204, Brooklyn NY 11204.

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