How It's Made: Matzah

How It's Made: Matzah

By Allison Ofanansky

Photographs by Eliyahu Alpern


Hardcover, 32pp, $15.95



How is matzah made?
When and why do we eat it?
What is Passover, anyway?

Meet the people who make matzah — by hand or in factories — and see how they keep to the strict 18-minute limit, mirroring the Israelites' race against time over 2,000 years ago. Find out how the matzah-making process is more than just mixing flour with water, and shows us the value of doing things together.

Bake your own matzah, decorate an Elijah's cup and grow your own greens. Watch it all unfold with more than 100 stunning photos that reveal a fascinating world behind the scenes. 

About the Author

Allison Ofanansky is an author and editor. She won the National Jewish Book Award for her picture book, The Patchwork Torah.

About the Photographer

Eliyahu Alpern's stunning photography appears in many picture books about the Jewish holidays and Israel. View his work online at

About Apples & Honey Press

Apples & Honey Press brings together the best authors and illustrators from North America and Israel to create memorable stories for children that illuminate the values of family, community, having fun, and being the best we can be.

Reviews for How It's Made: Matzah

Category: Picture Books

"All about that flat, unleavened holiday food—from dough to desert.Starting with a brief description of the spring festival of Passover, which celebrates and commemorates the exodus of Jewish slaves from Egypt, Ofanansky goes on to describe, step by careful step, the preparation of matzah. Timing is all-important, as everything from preparing the dough to baking must be completed in less than 18 minutes. It is at the Passover Seder where the reading of the Haggadah, the story of the exodus, takes place. A Seder plate containing foods relevant to the tale and the time of the year sits on the table, and three boards of matzah in their own special cover are placed nearby. Children are always included in this family celebration, and in that spirit there are also instructions for baking matzah at home and creating a matzah cover, Seder plate, and cup for the prophet Elijah, who is invited into the house during the evening. Children familiar with the holiday will enjoy the close-up photographic details. Those new to the festival will learn much, especially benefitting from a well-captioned photograph of the Seder plate. The interactive text is engaging for all. The combination of concise, easy-to-understand text and copious photography presents an accessible understanding of Passover and matzah."
Kirkus Reviews

"This book explains all about matzah, one of the foods traditionally featured at a Passover Seder table. In addition to describing how matzah is made, the book contains lesser-known facts, such as that kosher rules say it must be made in 18 minutes to ensure the dough doesn’t rise. Clear pictures and conversational, concise text make the information easy to comprehend. Kids of all ages will enjoy learning more about this holiday staple and may be inspired to follow the recipe included at the back of the book to make their own matzah."
The Washington Post

"Kids get an up-close look at how matzah is made in this fascinating new book overflowing with stunning color photographs that bring to life small-batch, handmade matzah-making to factories that bake 35,000 pieces of matzah every day. Kids see the spiked rolling tool used to make the tiny holes in the matzah and get a peek inside the very hot ovens required for baking. Captions and explanatory text are informative but simple, making the photographs the stars of a wonderful book that will appeal both to kids and grownups. There are several Do It Yourself recipes and craft projects, including baking matzah, making a matzah cover and growing the greens for karpas, the symbolic vegetable eaten during the seder."
The Jewish Telegraphic Agency

"Included are recipes for do-it-yourself matzah and instructions for making matzah covers, seder plates, and an Elijah's cup. This holiday handbook is beautifully bound to last for many Passovers."
Hadassah Magazine