Oma and Bella is an intimate portrait of two elderly Jewish women in Berlin with humor, powerful stories, and a deep fondness for good food.
The Oma & Bella Cookbook is a collection of recipes from Eastern- Europe, as told to Alexa Karolinski by her grandmother Regina (Oma) and her best friend Bella. Oma and Bella's recipes, classics of Jewish cuisine, come from decades of them recreating --from memory -- the tastes of their childhoods the war. To bring this vivid and personal cookbook into being, Alexa cooked with Oma and Bella in their kitchen, translating "handfuls" into half cups, "pinches" into teaspoons, and "platefuls" into servings. Color illustrations by the artist Joana Avillez are interspersed throughout the cookbook. The book also includes color photographs of the two ladies by Bella Lieberberg. Each book includes both German and English texts.