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Food Swap by Emily Paster
Specialty Recipes for Bartering, Sharing & Giving
Storey Publishing

Part cookbook, part how-to guide, Food Swap features more than 80 recipes to create DIY artisanal items. Not only does the author share recipes, but she shares beautiful ways to package these creations. There are recipes for food gifts such as preserves, baked goods such as focaccia and quick breads, granolas, cheeses, pestos, roasted nuts, flavored salts, and specialty spices, everything from salted caramel sauce and Meyer lemon curd, to green tomato salsa, lavender shortbread, cultured butter, apricot jalapeno jelly, and rum vanilla extract. Most all the recipes can easily be made kosher.

Emily Paster is co-founder of the Chicago Food Swap, one of the biggest and most successful in the world. She is a trained lawyer, but launched a second career in food writing and social media in 2010 when she started her popular website West of the Loop, which has been named “a family food blog to savor.”

In the kosher world, due to the laws of kashruth, a general food swap is a bit complicated. However, gifting foods to family and friends for Shabbos and Yom Tov is very popular, especially at Purim. The first half of Food Swap, shares information on how to launch a swap event; To the best of our knowledge swaps are not yet prevalent in the kosher community, which makes it a novel idea for someone to start. The second half of the book is a guide to the “best of the best” recipes for simple gifting and swapping. These recipes have been selected due to their popularity; and include fresh items, preserved items and canned treats. We also liked the suggested packaging and gift tag designs, which are both creative and simple.
Whether or not you participate in a Food Swap, you will find this book a valuable addition to your culinary library to help prepare simple, delicious foods for friends and family.

Enjoy or gift these recipes for:
Vanilla Syrup
Mini Cranberry Orange Quick Bread

Cookbook Giveaway - A reader will be randomly chosen to win Food Swap 

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This giveaway ends at 11:59PM, September 18, 2016.   Enter to win below:

(If you just can't wait to own this cookbook, you can order it online here: Food Swap: Specialty Recipes for Bartering, Sharing & Giving

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By Amy Stopnicki - Distributed by Feldheim

Kosher Taste is a beautiful cookbook – offering recipes for the cook who wants to impress, and serve delicious dishes, but is “time deprived”. Most of the recipes are extremely simple and easy to prepare. The author, Amy Stopnicki, understands busy! She is a busy mother, active member of her community, and a successful event planner. Amy has culinary experience and has worked with many respected chefs, creating innovative meals in high-pressure environments.

In Kosher Taste, Amy presents over 100 simple-to-prepare dishes which are accompanied by 100 gorgeous photos. The book is contemporary, and even has a section for “trendy” foods, including curry, sushi salad, quinoa, and more. We are currently cooking our way through this exceptional collection of recipes. (Yes, we are time deprived!)
We think that this cookbook would make a lovely bridal shower gift, or a great addition to a seasoned cook’s library. 

Try these sample recipes for:
Mushroom Chicken
Elephant Garlic Soup
Baby Arugula and Sweet Potato Salad
 

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This giveaway ended at 11:59PM, August 10, 2016. The lucky winner is Molly Siegel, Wantagh, NY. 
If you just did not win, you can order this cookbook online here: Kosher Taste, Cookbook - Plan | Prepare | Plate

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Old world recipes for the Modern Home

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by Joyce Goldstein University of California Press

For thousands of years, the people of the Jewish Diaspora have carried their culinary traditions and kosher laws throughout the world.
Joyce Goldstein presents a collection of over four hundred recipes from the kitchens of Mediterranean Jewish cultures.

With easy to follow recipes and her expertise, Joyce Goldstein celebrates some of the world's most flavorful cuisines. Delightful dishes include recipes for Spanish tapas, Provencal lavender/honey ice cream, gazpacho, baba ganoush, paella, pasta, Greek baked goat cheese in phyllo, to Moroccan couscous. The book presents a world of sun-drenched flavors sourced from kitchens from Europe to Africa.

The New Mediterranean Jewish Table is a guide to Jewish Mediterranean home cooking from areas such as North Africa, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, and the Middle East. It is filled with seasonal recipes—both classic and contemporary—focused on fresh vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes; and meat, poultry, and fish. Herbs and spices shine in her dishes. The book shares the story of how Jewish home cooks cherished their heritage and brought familiar ingredients, techniques, and traditions and taste with them as they journeyed to lands around the world.

In addition to being the author of numerous award-winning cookbooks, Joyce is a consultant to the restaurant and food industry. For twelve years she was Chef/Owner of the San Francisco restaurant SQUARE ONE, chef of the famed Cafe at Chez Panisse, visiting Executive Chef of the Wine Spectator Restaurant at the Napa Valley Culinary Institute of America. Joyce is a prolific cookbook author and magazine contributor, and she sits on the awards committee at the James Beard Foundation. Her latest book The New Mediterranean Jewish Table exemplifies her knowledge and passion for sharing beloved foodways with her readers.

Try these recipes from The New Mediterranean Jewish Table:
Moroccan Chicken with Almonds and Raisins (poulet aux amandes et raisins secs)
Sabbath Rice (riso del sabato)

 

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This giveaway ends at 11:59PM, June 14, 2016.   The lucky winners are Stephanie Rabau, Miami, FL,  Renee Singer-Boefsky, San Jose, CA

If you just can't wait to see if you are the winner, you can order this cookbook online here: The New Mediterranean Jewish Table: Old World Recipes for the Modern Home

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 Traditional Jewish Meals Made Healthier
 by Simone Miller and Jennifer Robins
 Page Street Publishing

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Authors Simone Miller and Jennifer Robins are in the forefront of the Paleo cooking community and have now melded traditional Jewish cooking and healthful contemporary and nourishing eating. The pair present over 100 traditional Jewish recipes for everyday and holidays in this labor of love their book, The New Yiddish Kitchen. They share classic traditional dishes such as matzo balls, borscht, challah, deli, sweet potato latkes, apple kugel, black & white cookies and more. . . and adapt them for a gluten-free, grain free, paleo kosher lifestyle. Are you kvelling yet?

The book combines new and old ingredients based on the Paleo philosophy, whole foods and kosher. The fun comes in when “Bubbe”, the authors’ grandmothers, comment on many of the recipes, offering tips and advice (sometimes even a kvetch). We also like the full-page photographs and the Yiddish glossary. The authors share their love and knowledge of healthy food and their devotion to Jewish Culinary tradition. Jennifer Robins is the founder of the food blog Predominantly Paleo and wrote the cookbook Down South Paleo; Simone Miller owns Zenbelly catering and shares recipes and cooking tips on her blog Zenbelly.com.

From Simone and Jennifer: We’d love to see this book passed down through the years (from bubbies to babies) put on display in your family’s kitchen and splattered with schmaltz (a true symbol of honor.) Our recipes are literally “for Life”.

Try these recipes from The New Yiddish Kitchen:
Balsamic Braised Short Ribs
Curried Egg Salad
Deli Dill Pickles

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This giveaway ends at 11:59PM, July 13, 2016   The Winner is: Shari Merrill, Arlington, Virginia

Enter to win below: If you just can't wait to see if you are the winner, you can order this cookbook online here: The New Yiddish Kitchen: Gluten-Free and Paleo Kosher Recipes for the Holidays and Every Day

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by Michael  Solomonov and Steven Cook.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015. 

It is not often that we begin our cookbook features with a mazeltov, but this book deserves our congratulations. Zahav was just chosen the James Beard cookbook of the Year. Quite an achievement! Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook's Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking won the coveted book of the year award at the James Beard Awards last week, in New York. The book also won in the International category. Solomonov, a James Beard Award winning chef presents Zahav, his interpretation of “the glorious cuisine of Israel for American home kitchens; he had our attention from the beginning when we read the dedication.

The cookbook is lovingly dedicated to his younger brother Mark who was murdered at age 21 by Hezbollah snipers when he was serving in the Israeli army. Ever since he opened Zahav in 2008, chef Michael Solomonov has been in the culinary forefront with his classic and contemporary  presentation of Israeli cuisine. His food has been covered by national media including  the New York Times, Bon Appétit ("an utter and total revelation"), and Eater ("Zahav defines Israeli cooking in America").
 
The 150 recipes in Zahav focus primarily on the Middle East melting pot of Israel, including the influences of  North Africa, the Mediterranean, and Eastern Europe. Zahav shares Solomonov’s story and how he evolved in his culinary passion for the techniques and foodways of his birthplace. The book is partially a memoir, sharing his journey along with anecdotes and personal thoughts about his family, his private life, and Israeli culture. Zahav was written with his business partner, and restaurant co-owner Steven Cook. The recipes range from simple to advanced creations, but many say that “the  hummus alone is worth the price of the book."

A KosherEye gift yourself, gift others selection. This is both a practical cookbook for both the novice or experienced home cook, and an important addition to a culinary home library, especially one that values recipes for authentic Israeli cuisine. Please be aware that the authors are also popular restaurateurs, but at this time, their locations are not certified kosher.

Here are two delicious recipes from Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking:
Hummus 
Shakshouka

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Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking 

Congratulations to the winners of this cookbook giveaway:
Stuart Goldhirsch, West Hempstead, NY
Ruthy Bodner, Teaneck, NJ
Jessica Ozar, Avondale Estates, GA

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 winner 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 giveaway ends at 11:59PM, May 22, 2016.   Enter to win below:

If you just can't wait to see if you are the winner, you can order this cookbook online here: Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking

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