Just a mile and a half from my home is "Hungarian Kosher Foods", an all-kosher, rabbinically supervised supermarket. I shopped there today to pick up food for this week's Shabbat dinner as well as general groceries, and I took a few minutes to page through the new book recently published by the daughter of the family who founded and still owns the store. The book is called "Food, Family and Tradition" and is part family memoir and part cookbook. Here is a nice review of the book: Mimi Avocado Shares: Food, Family and Tradition by Lynn Kirsche Shapiro.
Most converts do not have Jewish family recipes passed down by relatives, but we are introduced to it through meals at our Jewish friends' homes or perhaps the homes of our Jewish spouse's family. I find that my friends are surprised and delighted when they are served "traditional" Jewish dishes at my home that I cook. (Although perhaps they are merely covering their disappointment in not being served Chinese food!) I feel that knowing the family history behind recipes enhances the dining experience. I can imagine those grandmothers from generations ago cooking these special dishes.
The book has lots of nice photos and makes a nice "coffee table book". It would make a great gift book...for yourself or someone else.