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The Kosher Baker, Brandeis University Press                   The Holiday Kosher Baker, Sterling Publishing

About Paula Shoyer
Similar to "the Julia" (the culinary icon we all loved), Paula Shoyer, the author of The Kosher Baker and The Holiday Kosher Baker, has a very worldly background which took her to Switzerland and France. Although trained as an attorney, she followed her passion and launched her culinary career in Europe when she journeyed to Paris to enroll in the famous French cooking school, the Ritz-Escoffier Ecole De Gastronomie Francaise. Upon receiving her culinary diploma in 1996, she returned to Switzerland and started practicing her new baking skills by converting wonderful dairy French desserts into kosher, parve versions. The Shoyers returned to the United States, and in 2002 she started Paula's Parisian Pastries Cooking School in the Washington, D.C. area.
Paula has appeared on Food Network's Sweet Genius, is a frequent TV news guest, and edited the popular cookbooks Kosher by Design Entertains and Kosher by Design Kids in the Kitchen (both from Mesorah Publications, Ltd.). Paula lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with her husband and four children. Visit Paula at

Each of Paula's two books, The Kosher Baker and The Holiday Kosher Baker, shares her amazing talent and baking repertoire. She currently travels globally to instruct and inspire both budding and experienced bakers on how to create luscious pastry, breads and confections without intimidation. Paula gently guides her audiences to expand their baking reach. We suggest that both of these books should be part of a home baking library.

The Kosher Baker By Paula Shoyer
Brandeis University Press

Paula Shoyer shared both her culinary experience and passion for baking in The Kosher Baker, her first cookbook,. Paula's philosophy of baking is, "it does not have to be difficult. Home baked desserts are so much healthier that packaged desserts and easier to bake than you think." And The Kosher Baker is a testament to that. The book features a selection of over 160 dairy-free dessert recipes including cookies, tarts, pies, cobblers, cakes, scones and even four recipes for challah-all dairy free!
The Kosher Baker contains a varied range of recipe selections, clear and precise directions, storage tips for each recipe, beautiful pictures (including "how to" twist a Babka and "how to" braid a challah), and best of all - the recipes are all parve.

Enjoy these two sample recipes from The Kosher Baker –
Apple Upside-Down Cake
Challah Beer Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce

The Holiday Kosher Baker By Paula Shoyer
Sterling Publishing

Paula Shoyer's second book is a collection of 120 recipes, celebrating and complementing each holiday of the Jewish year, with recipes for gluten-free, nut-free, low-sugar and vegan desserts, and 45 Passover desserts.

It's a new era for Jewish home bakers. Kosher baking ingredients have evolved and proliferated. Paula offers a thoroughly modern approach to Jewish holiday baking that includes both contemporary and traditional selections. There are simple, quick choices, even one bowl creations–perfect for everyday family fare – and for easy entertaining. There are also amazing recipes for fancier multiple step pastries, with accompanying color photos.
This is a must-have kosher baking cookbook for the Jewish kitchen—and one to enjoy at holidays and throughout the year.

Enjoy these 2 sample recipes from The Holiday Kosher Baker
Pumpkin Doughnuts
Everything Rugelach


Free Sweet Double Giveaway
The Kosher Baker & The Holiday Kosher Baker

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 fabulous giveaway ended 11:59PM, September 3, 2014. 
The lucky winner is Shuli Gutmann, New York, NY.

If you can't wait to see if you have won, you may buy the books here: The Kosher Baker and The Holiday Kosher Baker - for gifting or for your cookbook library. 

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The Modern Menu - Encore Giveaway!
Simple. Beautiful. Kosher.
By Kim Kushner, Gefen Publishing House


This book reminds us of a painting, both modernistic and contemporary. It shines visually with clean minimalistic simplicity, contains extremely appealing, easy to follow, fresh and innovative recipes, and is complemented by the gorgeous photography of Andrew Zuckerman.

KimKim Kushner, the author comes from a large family. Her Moroccan-born mother was raised in Israel in a family of eight siblings. While spending childhood summers in Israel with her extended family, Kim learned to cook by eating, and helping to prepare family feasts.

She pursued her interest in food preparation by studying at the Institute of Culinary Education in Manhattan. She then worked at Food & Wine and Chile Pepper magazines, creating recipes for subscribers to try at home.
Kim's skill at preparing gourmet kosher dishes from simple and fresh ingredients resulted in positions as a private chef in New York City, and teaching private cooking classes from her own kitchen.

Her food perspectives are demonstrated in her cookbook — and can be summarized as fresh, healthy, seasonal and local. Kim continues to study and teach cooking. Her theory: anyone can cook, and everyone should cook. Kushner's recipes contain easily sourced ingredients, and step-by-step instructions for both the novice and experienced cook. What a wonderful gift for yourself or a friend. The Modern Menu is one of those cookbooks that would be comfortable in any kitchen, kosher or not.

Enjoy Kim's recipes for:
Balsamic Marinated Chicken
Crispy Cauliflower with Tomatoes and Dill
Spinach, Haricots Vert, and Avocado Salad with Crunchy Honey Dressing

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This giveaway ended on August 19, 2014. The lucky winners are Samantha Barnett, Beverly Hills, CA, and Betty Pearlman, Far Rockwaway, NY. 

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.

Good Luck and let this fabulous giveaway begin! Two lucky winners will be randomly selected. Random Giveaway drawing ends 11:59PM, August 19th, 2014.

Click here to buy the book: The Modern Menu for your cookbook library, or as a gift!


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By Laura Silver, Published by Brandeis University Press
Review contributed by Knish Fan and Guest Writer Dr. Michael Keats

While in the old neighborhood, Laura Silver decides to enjoy her favorite treat, a knish from Mrs. Stahl's bakery, a simple dish she enjoyed with her favorite person, her grandmother. Finding that her beloved bakery had closed would lead her on a path of travel, in depth research and major noshing, and would result in what just may be considered the definitive literary work on knishes.


It's often said that the senses of smell and taste trigger vivid memories, but Laura Silver managed to bring back strong memories for me with her description of the deliciousness of her favorite Mrs. Stahl's knish. When it comes to food, we all have our favorite pizza place, burger joint and, it seems, even a favorite knish. As a Jewish man in his mid 50's who was raised in New York City, I am all too familiar with the knishes Silver describes. I've enjoyed them all from Mrs. Stahl's to Gabila's to the ever famous Yonah Schimmel, but her description of Ruby's knishes brought me back to when I was a child and would hear over the bungalow colony loudspeaker that Ruby the Knish Man was on the premises. Her description of Ruby's donut like, moist, fried knishes stuffed with perfectly seasoned mashed potatoes (or kasha) could not have been more perfect, and it flooded me with fond memories that had been stored away for decades.

Knish provides much more than a look at New York City's great knish bakeries. It takes us on an international journey where Laura Silver is searching simultaneously for the roots of the knish and for her roots as well. Silver takes us with her to a small Polish town with hopes of finding the birthplace of the knish but instead finds her family's origins. We tag along with her from Minnesota where senior citizens make knishes for fundraisers to San Francisco, where she meets the granddaughters of her beloved Mrs. Stahl and we feel her excitement as they share "the" recipe with her.

I don't think that when I sat to read a book about knishes, that there would be anecdotes linking the potato pastry to rap music, TV's Mr. Kotter and the Sweathogs, Eleanor Roosevelt, Sholom Aleichem, Isaac Bashevis Singer, competitive knish eating, The Golden Girls, the Borscht Belt, 1950's sitcoms, Hollywood movies, Yiddish theater in South Florida, Henry Roth novels, deli's in Canada and to an Italian pasta maker in New Jersey. Who knew?!?!?!

The argument could be made that there is no Jewish food. Jews borrowed from whichever country they had been residing but since the overwhelming majority of Jews who emigrated to the U.S. came from Eastern Europe and settled in New York City, bagels and lox, chicken soup, matzah balls, stuffed cabbage and pastrami has come to be considered not just Jewish food, but Jewish comfort food. A lesson learned is that many cultures share similar foods. Silver shows the similarity between the knish and dumplings, empanadas, and turnovers and makes quite the convincing argument that the simply prepared knish, in all its permutations is quite possibly, the king of them all.

Maybe it would help to be of a certain age or to be a New Yorker to understand and to connect with the stories of the neighborhoods, people, restaurants and foods described in a very personal way by Laura Silver but one thing is for certain, you don't have to be Jewish to enjoy a good knish.

Try this recipe for Mrs. Stahl's Potato Knishes Recipe


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Knish - In Search of the Jewish Soul Food

We thank  Brandeis University Press  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 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.

Random Giveaway drawing ended 11:59PM, July 20, 2014. The five winners will be announced shortly.

Buy the book here: Knish - In Search of the Jewish Soul Food

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Recipes and Reflections from a Jewish Italian Life
By Marcia Friedman

In the introduction to this cookbook the author writes, “Sometimes food is more than just something to eat; for me, anyway, it is also memories, culture, bonds, creativity and connections.” Indeed it is, and Marcia Friedman recounts her multicultural roots through the pages of this book melding her authentic heirloom Italian recipes with traditional Jewish dishes, all tweaked for the kosher cook. The books title says it all.

From her dad Berney’s scrumptious Italian tomato sauce and meatballs, to her fresh and lively pesto (wonderful as a dip or on pasta), to her Italian sun-dried tomato and olive spread, each of the 100 recipes in the book reflects her rich Italian culinary background blended with her newly found devotion to Jewish cooking. “No matter where your cultural journey has taken you, the kitchen is always your best way home”.

In addition to seasonal recipes synched with the Jewish calendar, this soft cover book offers more than 60 full color photos. Marcia’s anecdotes and reflections introducing each of the recipe sections explore the author’s life journey, both culinary and personal. There are both classic and new recipes for soups, stews, breads, appetizers, pastas, grains, meat, poultry, fish, vegetables, desserts and Passover.

Meatballs and Matzah Balls bridges two cuisines and is an easy to follow guide for the kosher cook or any cook. If you are a fan of Italian food, you’ll love this book.

“Italian by birth and Jewish by choice, Marcia has amassed a delectable feast filled with nostalgic reflections from both traditions.”—Judy Bart Kancigor, author of Cooking Jewish.

The author, Marcia Friedman is a writer, editor, photographer, recipe developer, and home cook with more than 20 years experience in publishing. An accomplished cook and baker, she’s savored delving into both Jewish and Italian cooking. KosherEye agrees! Visit Marcia's website, and follow her here:   Facebook_logo_full_word_14pts    Twiller_logo_word_1_inch

Enjoy these Recipes from Meatballs and Matzoh Balls:

Berney's Sauce
Eggplant Caponata
Italian Meatballs
Italian Sun-Dried Tomato Spread

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To enter, simply  email us at with "Meatballs and Matzah Balls" as your email subject and include your name and address; or comment below.

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.

Good Luck and let this fabulous giveaway begin! One lucky winner will be randomly selected. Random Giveaway drawing ends 11:59PM, August 3rd, 2014.

Buy the book here: Meatballs and Matzah Balls: Recipes and Reflections from a Jewish and Italian Life - for gifting or for your cookbook library.

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From Scratch - Inside the Food Network
by Allen Salkin
Big Personalities, High Drama - the Extraordinary Behind-the-Scenes Story

From_Scratch_coverSara, Emeril, Rachael, Sonny, Paula, Giada, Mario, Ellie, Jamie, Guy, Ina, Bobby, Tyler, Trisha, Ree, Alton... If you recognize these names, this book is for you!

Author Allen Salkin shares the history of the Food Network from its beginning as a struggling cable wanna-be – to a cable powerhouse. He dishes on its executives, its founders and its stars. The fledgling network took the concept started by "dump and stir" shows such as Julia Child's The French Chef, The Galloping Gourmet and The Frugal Gourmet... and BAM! WENT UP A NOTCH. The tiny, scrappy Food Network has grown to nurture America's burgeoning food culture and to become part of 100 million US homes, while earning billions. It combines business, media, food and entertainment, and its stars are beloved and followed by an ever-growing fan base.

Salkin, an investigative journalist who has written for the NY Times and other prominent publications, conducted hundreds of interviews over a three-year period to tell the story of the 21-year-old network. He shares an enlightening account of how the Food Network came to be, and the personalities who rose and fell along the way.

A Few Celebrity Morsels:
Emeril gave the network breakthrough star power, but the network did not treat this talented chef gently. His rise and fall as a Food Network star is documented.

The story behind Paula Deen's diabetes—and her "treatment" when it was revealed she was a diabetes-medicine spokesperson. And then, the story behind the controversial remarks, which ended her Food Network career.

Martha Stewart's "snooty" behavior at a meeting

After Ina Garten's first experience filming at her home, she almost ended her TV career. She cut herself on a mandoline, the crew trampled her lawn, trod mud on her carpets , her septic system overflowed and she was in tears throughout.

Guy Fieri, and the hedge fund billionaire who paid him $100,000 to be his friend for a day.

Bobby Flay- is he really a nice guy? Salkin says YES!

Rachael Ray --hard working, comfortable and easygoing on camera. Not a diva in any way and her show runs smoothly. But, she almost burned down Emeril Lagasse's set during her screen test. And as author Salkin says, " Don't try to keep pace drinking cocktails with Rachael!"

Try three of the most popular recipes on The Food Network:
Ina's Asian Salmon
Giada's Chicken Piccata
Ellie's Parmesan Zucchini

Win the book! We thank the publisher, the Penguin Group, for sponsoring our Featured Cookbook and the Free Giveaway. Three lucky winners will each win a copy of "From Scratch: Inside the Food Network" . This giveaway ends at 11:59PM on July 7, 2014

Giveaway is limited to continental U.S. only. If not living in continental U.S, you may 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 winners must respond within 48 hours or the prize will be awarded to a runner-up.

If you just can't wait to see if you are a winner, or if you would like to buy this as a gift or for your cookbook library, you can order online here: From Scratch: Inside the Food Network

This giveaway has ended, and the lucky winners are Kristin McCall, Cindy Korman Hodkin, and Teri McHugh.

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