In Jewish families (like many others), food is sacred—and a wonderful way to express love. Many families in America are familiar with Italian and Chinese delicacies; however, how many are familiar with Jewish fare? In 1, 2, 3, Nosh With Me, authors and spouses Micah and Joshua Siva offer a fun romp through traditional Jewish foods with an educational twist for toddlers, preschoolers, and early readers—and their admirers! Following Buckwheat, a very hungry and curious dog, kids will turn the pages and count a variety of “yummy in the tummy” treats—matzo balls, bagels, kugels, knishes, and more. While practicing their numbers, from one golden challah to celebrate Shabbat to ten crispy latkes served by candlelight on Hanukkah, little ones will be introduced to cherished Jewish foods rich in cultural meaning.
Featuring catchy text and lively full-color illustrations, 1, 2, 3, NOSH WITH ME is the perfect book for moms, dads, bubbies, papas, aunties, and other grown-ups to read to their favorite tots—over and over again. Hungry for more? The book wraps up with Micah’s trusted Simple Challah recipe, with illustrated instructions for how to braid or coil the challah, with additional creative ideas for toppings.
Micah Siva is a trained chef, registered dietitian, recipe writer, and food photographer, specializing in modern Jewish cuisine. After graduating from the Natural Gourmet Institute of Health & Culinary Arts, she pursued a career in nutrition and later worked for global brands, media outlets, and publications in food media. She shares Jewish-inspired, plant-forward recipes through her blog, Nosh with Micah. Micah lives in San Francisco, California, with her husband, Josh, and their mini sheepadoodle, Buckwheat.
Josh Siva is a lifelong lover of Jewish food, including his everyday favorite: matzah with cream cheese and everything bagel seasoning. Originally from Buffalo, NY, Josh has made a career marketing life-changing medicines and medical devices to people in need. Through his work, he’s lived around the world and is proud to make San Francisco home, along with his wife, Micah, and dog, Buckwheat. As Micah’s husband, when Josh isn’t working his day job, he’s working as a full-time taste tester and dishwasher for her latest recipe!
Sviatoslav Franko is a children’s book illustrator who enjoys collaborating with independent authors and publishers. He is fascinated by the complexity of nature and combines digital illustration and oil painting to reflect it in his work. Sviatoslav lives in Ukraine where the mountains are his favorite place for rest and inspiration.
Micah Siva, Josh Siva and Buckwheat - photo courtesy of the Hannah Lovano