Cooking with The Kosher Butcher's Wife
Celebrating with The Kosher Butcher's Wife
By Sharon Lurie, Random House Struik Publishers
Sometimes when reading a cookbook, you feel that you are forging a friendship with the author. In this case, geography is an issue; South Africa is a long way from Atlanta. Yet after reading these books, that friendship seems so real and we feel so welcome in the author's life and at her table. Plus, the books are simply fun!
In addition to creative recipes and gorgeous photos, these two books by Sharon Lurie (who IS the Kosher Butcher's wife) are complete with humor, meaningful anecdotes, stories, family insights, and an obvious love and passion for Jewish culinary heritage.
Her first book – Cooking with the Kosher Butcher's wife – shares her secrets and vast knowledge of meat cuts – how to select them, cook them, season them and serve them. Sharon's husband's family has owned and operated Johannesburg's Nussbaum's Kosher Butchery since 1936. In addition to the recipes, we found the photos and cooking tips relating to meat cuts extremely informative.
The second book, Celebrating with The Kosher Butcher's wife – takes us through the Jewish cooking year and shares mouthwatering dishes for holidays, Shabbat and any day meals. The recipes are delightful, and photos are spectacular.
Our great desk companion Google came in handy as we read through these books and tried some of the recipes. You may not know what "mealie meal" (similar to polenta) or castor sugar is (superfine sugar), but you will and you should. We were very intrigued by the recipe names and of course some of the ingredients. Most ingredients are readily available in the U.S., or can be easily substituted with familiar brands.
These cookbooks are so creative, so happy, so appealing. A KosherEye gift yourself and gift others selection. Be sure to put these books on your 'consider to buy list' prior to Passover. The Passover recipes appear mouthwatering. Well more on that another time.
Enjoy these sample recipes by Sharon Lurie:
Smilg, Smith, Santiago - It's still a Spanish (chicken) Dish!
Breakfast Muffin Macon Pots (faux bacon and eggs) – easily doable with Jacks Gourmet Facon
Asparagus Sticks and Couscous Crunch
Old Fashioned Steak Pie and Minted Peas – A bit of a British flavor
If you are feeling lucky, enter our giveaway... Sharon and her publisher have provided a set of each of the two books for 2 lucky winners.
We thank Random House Struik Publishers for sponsoring the Featured Cookbook and the FREE Giveaway!
Giveaway limited to continental U.S. only. If not living in continental U.S, you can still enter and, if selected, "gift" your prize to a continental U.S. friend or relative. The winners will be notified by email. Once notified, the winner must respond within 48 hours or the prize will be awarded to the runner-up.
This fabulous giveaway ended on February 12th, 2014. The lucky winners are Bev Bolnick, Atlanta, GA and Alecsandra Posel, Forest Hills, NY.
Watch this Sharon Lurie challah demo: