September 28, 2005.
The joy of cooking doesn't have to be lost with the loss of sight. Established in 1931, the Jewish Braille Institute (JBI) International offers a collection of books, including cookbooks printed with large type and Braille as well as Books on Tape for the blind and visually impaired.
There are JBI outreach offices that make the free service accessible to anyone, regardless of religion.
The JBI Talking Book library contains more than 10,000 audio books in English, Russian, Yiddish, Hebrew, Hungarian, Romanian and Polish. Spanish books will be added soon.
"What often happens when people experience vision loss is that they experience a separation from their community. Having access to these materials keeps people plugged into the joys of their lives. It's a universal need," said Ellen Wertheim, director of outreach in the organization's New York City office.
The collection includes dozens of cookbooks on tape that are specially formatted. They allow a person with vision loss to find their place on the tape, go to the index in the beginning of the book and note which recipe they want, followed by a series of beeps to help them locate the recipe.
A few of the kosher cookbook titles in the audiotape collection include "The New York Times Passover Cookbook," "Jewish Cooking from Around the World," "Kosher Light," "The New Jewish Cuisine," "Secrets of Fat-Free Kosher Cooking," "Simply Jewish Cookery" and "Spice and Spirit."
For additional information, call 800-433-1531 or visit the Web site at jbilibrary.org.
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