Everyone knows that Phil Rosenthal loves to eat just about everything! So I sent him a challah filled with Parmesan, herbes de Provence, pine nuts and sunflower seeds. I used basil oil in lieu of vegetable oil. It’s safe to say, he LOVED it! Not sure which he enjoyed more - the book or the bread!
“Get ready for dose after dose of OMG ingredients..."
“Get ready for dose after dose of OMG ingredients throughout this comedic journey of real life experiences. Shari Wallack’s from hell to challah will make you question what’s really important in life and what legacy you will leave behind, feeding your hunger for more after each chapter.”
– Ken Muskat
EVP & Chief Operating Officer, MSC Cruises
"...a dollop of self-discovery and painful truths...”
“Shari Wallack packs more than a dollop of self-discovery and painful truths as she rises from complete despair to a more realized soul. Her harrowing and ultimately redemptive journey about family, faith, and friendship, follows her wrestling with her past and nurturing the good and bad memories to make a more authentic and enlightening future. With honesty, grace, and without shame, Wallack shares a very personal yet universal story about mental health and the power of nourishing yourself.”
– Kevin McCollum
Four-time Tony Award-winning Broadway and Film Producer
"...insatiable curiosity and big heart have made her a masterful "collector of people" across the globe."
"Shari Wallack's insatiable curiosity and big heart have made her a masterful 'collector of people' across the globe. It’s no wonder that she was able to convince friends and family to house and bake with her in a pandemic. Her story will inspire you to re-discover your authentic self when you feel as though you have lost everything."
– Lisa Brescia
Broadway Actor / Assistant Professor, Missouri State University
"Bravo to my friend Shari Wallack for her jaw dropping, juicy confessional..."
"Bravo to my friend Shari Wallack for her jaw dropping, juicy confessional "from hell to challah." She has delivered an honest, transparent and modern retelling of personal stories no one ever wants to talk about: anxiety, deep depression, dysfunctional family and what it's like being the designated crazy. She kicked being mentally ill in the balls and took charge of something that was out of her control. I laughed, bit my nails, cried and then had an urge to run to the kitchen and braid some bread. If you're looking for the read of one of the craziest years on record, this would be it! "
– Sasha Charnin Morrison
Author - Secrets of Stylists
"...an eye for the details that make life worth living."
“Shari Wallack is a wonderful and charming writer with an eye for the details that make life worth living. During this lost year, comes a stirring, heartfelt, and funny story of how you can be found. And if her included recipes are as good as they look, you’re in for some extra treats.”
– Phil Rosenthal
Creator of Everybody Loves Raymond and Somebody Feed Phil
"Both hilariously raw and unflinchingly honest..."
"All it took to send my friend Shari Wallack for a stint at a mental institution was an alarming cascade of life crises and one very minor worldwide catastrophe. Once sprung she found herself on a spontaneous cross country road trip to find peace of mind through food and friendship. Both hilariously raw and unflinchingly honest, her book 'from hell to challah' shows how with hope, challah, and help from a handful of red cardinals, she rediscovered her reasons for waking up in the morning. It’s a joyful journey worth taking!”
– Jon Cryer
"...Woven together these stories created a poignant tapestry of healing, love, and hope."
“Despite experiencing dark days, Shari Wallack found the strength to grab flour, yeast, eggs, and other unique ingredients to bake challah. Each braided Jewish bread lifted her spirit and the spirits of family and friends who enjoyed her handiwork. With every challah came a story. When woven together these stories created a poignant tapestry of healing, love, and hope.”
– Rabbi Andrew Jacobs
Ramat Shalom Synagogue
"...Her hilarious stories had me in stitches!”
“Shari Wallack takes us on an incredible and tantalizing journey. When life threw her an enormous curveball, she overcame, conquered, and found passion again! Shari is certainly an inspiration and a shining star. And her hilarious stories had me in stitches!”
– Michelle Fee
CEO of Cruise Planners
"You will howl with laughter and your mouth will fall open more than once..."
“from hell to challah is a shocking, funny, and honest diary of a woman who experiences loss and decides to take a road trip during a pandemic. Shari’s journal captures her thoughts laid bare as she attempts to escape an examination of herself only to discover that road trips aren’t always the dream journeys we imagine them to be. You will howl with laughter and your mouth will fall open more than once at her antics. Through it all, Shari holds nothing back and comes out the other side with a batch of new recipes for life.”
– David Quinn
Co-founder of Allrecipes.com
"...Inspired to bake challah after reading Shari Wallack’s hilarious travelogue."
“I don’t even cook (my favorite kitchen appliance is the fire extinguisher) but I was inspired to bake challah after reading Shari Wallack’s hilarious travelogue. She’ll take you across the country while progressing through her own psyche. I could not put it down.”
– Wendy Liebman