Are You a Hot Mamalah?-a Book Review

By Estelle Sobel Erasmus

I was a dating diva before I got married and had my child (and started this blog), but in those days, I definitely qualified as a Hot Mamalah, according to the description offered by Lisa Alcalay Klug, a whirling dervish of a dark-haired diva herself who offers an irreverent, but very respectful take on the pleasures and pitfalls of being a Jewish gal, who loves to eat, shop (but never retail), and of course, love.

In her book, Hot Mamalah: The Ultimate Guide for Every Woman of the Tribe (hotmamalah.com)” (Andrews McMeel: $18.99) Lisa Alcalay KlugKlug who also wrote the bestseller Cool Jew (Not Just for Jews) provides more funny descriptions of Jewish identity and practices. Among them:

Minyan of Ways You Know You’re a Hot Mamalah

You know you’re a Hot Mamalah when:

1)   Your neuroses have neuroses

2)   You love to stay out late. And by “late” we mean tomorrow

3)   You call everyone ‘Poodle”.(Hey, I just realized I must still be a Hot Mamalah because true story, I call my daughter poodle. Whew. Huge sigh of relief).

And there’s lots more…

This book is a cornucopia of advice, including an arsenal of cocktails, appetizers and heaping servings of attitude. The deliciousness continues in chapters tantalizingly titled Lipstick Jungle, Boy Vey: Pectacular Heebros, The Guilt Bank, and Mockaroons.
Now, it might just be the old dating diva left in me, but I immediately zeroed in where Lisa deems the best place to find a husband: Israel Defense Forces is the cherry on top of her list. These are the thoughts that make  you go hmm.

As Lisa says: you know  you’re a Hot Mamalah because you may not know what you want, but you really know what you don’t want (and I can so relate to that statement).

Lisa; is the kind of friend you want to have; you know the kind I’m talking about, the girlfriend you meet who takes you under her wing and sweeps you into a whole new social or cultural world. Powered by her enthusiasm all you can do is surrender…eat…and enjoy. Reading this book is entrée into Lisa’s world.

As Lisa says (and I agree with her wholeheartedly), “You know you’re a Hot Mamalah because you’re just getting started.”

Whether or not you are Jewish, what do you think makes you a Hot Mamalah? Discuss.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of the book Hot Mamalah to review, however the opinions stated here are entirely my own.

2 thoughts on “Are You a Hot Mamalah?-a Book Review”

  1. As a non-Jewish girl who did my fair share of dating and partying many years ago, I think I may have to compare notes and read this book! I’ve always thought that as an Italian, could relate in many ways to what Klug is talking about.

  2. Haha, I totally need to read this! Sounds like a lot of girls I know! I don’t know if I’m the stereotypical hot Jewish mom, but I can try!

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