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Starters & Sides Made Easy
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Kids Cooking Made Easy

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Starters & Sides Made Easy and Kids Cooking Made Easy
By Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek, Artscroll/Mesorah Publications

We simply love these books. Why? Because they are simple...with easy to follow, triple tested kosher recipes, and full color photos. Authors Schapira and Dwek are in synch with their audience.
Leah Schapira, author of the bestselling cookbook, Fresh & Easy Kosher Cooking, co-founder of Cookkosher.com and self-taught cook, has teamed up with Whisk managing food editor and journalist Victoria Dwek to create two more cookbooks in their "Made Easy Series".

Following the success of their cookbook Passover Made Easy, they have once again put both the "wow and easy" into these two new cookbooks. We have previously shared our observation that we don't think this pair ever sleeps. They seem to have boundless energy, as is evident in these creative, contemporary, friendly and practical cookbooks. Not only will you love, love, love the simplicity and deliciousness of the recipes, but also you will find the banter between Victoria and Leah entertaining, humorous and instructive.

Starters and Sides Made Easy will help any cook whip up simple, fast and delicious accompaniments to the main part of the meal. In fact some of these are so good, like the onion rings shared below, that they will be the stars of the meal. (Check out the "make it a main" guide.) People will not guess that these recipes are actually quick and simple to prepare. Each recipe is broken down into easy to follow steps, instructional tidbits, and tips to help with plating and serving. There is also a helpful section on preparation of the "basics", and a handy "flavor made easy" spice guide as well. Many of the recipes are make aheads, and can pop right out of the freezer for rewarming. There are "ahead" tips for each recipe. According to Victoria: If a recipe is not freezer-friendly, it has to be fast to be included in this book. This is the perfect book for the busy homemaker, or for that matter for cooks who wants to add some "presto pizzazz" to their everyday or Shabbos menus.

Kids Cooking Made Easy is welcoming to children in the kitchen. Whether cooking alongside mom or bubbie, following these recipes will remove the intimidation kids feel (yes boys and girls) with the idea of cooking, and make it fun. Each recipe (there are 60) has a photo, some with additional step-by-step photos, and accompanying Cooking School tips. How to techniques, such as advice on how to simmer or sauté are shared with the readers. The choice of recipes will motivate any young "chef" to get started, and includes appetizers, mains, desserts and snacks. There is even a craft section. How did Leah and Victoria decide which recipes to include? Once the kids in their neighborhood heard that they were seeking suggestions for this book, they enthusiastically volunteered information on what they like to eat, like to buy and wish that they could make themselves. This book is appropriate for children (8 and up is optimum), a new cook, a teen, an adult seeking kid friendly recipes or a "kid at heart". Sounds to us, that this list covers just about anyone who wants simple, delicious, easy to make meals.

Enjoy these "Made Easy" recipes from. . .
Kids Cooking Made Easy

Starters & Sides Made Easy

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Win a set of these three "Made Easy" cookbooks:
Passover Made Easy, Starters & Sides Made Easy, and Kids Cooking Made Easy
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Winner will be randomly chosen. Good Luck and let this fabulous giveaway begin! Random Giveaway drawing ends midnight, December 31st at 11:59PM. If you just can't wait to see if you've won. . . these cookbooks are available to purchase - just click on a book title:
Starters & Sides Made Easy
, Kids Cooking Made Easy, Passover Made Easy

The Lucky Winner Chosen with Rafflecopter is Molly Pitcher, Pittsburgh, PA

 

This Rafflecopter Giveaway ended on Deciember 31.

 

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Feldheim Publishers

Estee Kafra's new cookbook Cooking Inspired is a collection of some of the very best recipes from the popular website KosherScoop.com. This beautiful new cookbook offers over 200 recipes accompanied by gorgeous photographs.

Estee is a multi-talented cookbook author, food editor, food photographer and KosherEye friend. She served as food editor of Binah magazine for 4 years, and then, when Michpacha magazine launched Kosher Inspired, she became editor. The magazine eventually morphed into the current website Kosherscoop.com. Esti serves as the site's editor, and often contributes her recipes and photographs as well. She is also the author of 2 previous bestselling cookbooks-Spice it Right and the beautiful two-piece set Cooking with Color. Whew! Quite a food-writing resume!

From Estee, "Food is one of our most primal needs, and for most of us, cooking is a basic, everyday chore. But food represents much more than the way in which we satisfy our cravings and keep ourselves alive. It is the way we nurture both ourselves and the people around us. I believe we can take this everyday act and elevate it into an experience of creativity, mindfulness, and meaning. In order to make the most of the world we live in, we need to open our hearts and minds to the inspiration all around us, to the myriad experiences and items that can shape our everyday lives. That's Cooking Inspired."

The recipes are varied and easy to follow – from appetizers, to sides, main courses and divine desserts. We found so many creative selections, that we cannot wait to try! There are selections for anytime including holiday, special occasion and everyday. Recipes are also identified for particular diets such as Gluten-Free, Passover-Friendly, and seasonal. Additionally, some recipes in the book have direct links to cooking videos on KosherScoop.com, to provide home cooks with step-by-step visual preparation.

Including Estee's recipes, contributors to the book read like a "who's who" of Jewish food writers and chefs including: David Blum, Chaia Frishman, Levana Kirschenbaum, Norene Gilletz, Daphna Rabinovitch, Sharon Matten, Paula Shoyer, and Alexandra Zohn.
This is a book that you will definitely want to add to your cookbook library. We are most definitely Inspired!

Try these Cooking Inspired recipes:
Herbed Garlic Oil
They'll-Never-Know Brownies
Honey Quinoa Rolls

Enjoy this sample video and learn to make Estee's favorite brisket.

We thank  Feldheim 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 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 ended at 11:59PM EST on midnight, December 18th. The lucky winner Esther Antopolsky, Atlanta, GA.

Buy the book here: Cooking Inspired for gifting or for your cookbook library.

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Bold Mediterranean Recipes - To Feed the People You Love

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By Einat Admony
Artisan Books

Balaboosta, is a new cookbook from Chef Einat Admony, owner and executive chef of several NYC restaurants including its namesake, Balaboosta. How we love this book!

The food is internationally inspired with Mediterranean influences, a melting pot of flavors from Israel, America and France (Admony's husband is French). We find the recipes very do-able, and creative, and are cooking our way through this book, a delicious journey. With Balaboosta, Admony, an experienced chef, shares her professional recipes with home cooks. Both novices and experienced chefs will find her recipes appealing. She includes some of her specialties for weeknights, for comfort food, for Israeli food along with a selection of her popular restaurant dishes.

Chef Admony is a Food Network Chopped winner, appeared on Throwdown with Bobby Flay, and has been featured in numerous publications such as the New Yorker and NY Times. Along with 140 recipes such as the scrumptious Rice Fit for a King (a favorite family recipe), to homemade Kit Kat bars, Balaboosta also shares Admony's stories of home, family, travel and restaurant life.

KosherEye notes: We highly recommend this cookbook, even though the kosher cook will definitely need to make some ingredient substitutions. Although you will have to be flexible and creative to maintain kashrut, don't hesitate to consider adding this book to your library or to your cookbook gift list. The recipes will provide a feast!

Enjoy these recipes:
My Homemade Kit Kat Bars
Rice Fit for a King

 We thank  Artisan Books  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.

Good Luck and let this fabulous giveaway begin! One lucky winner will be randomly selected. Random Giveaway drawing ended midnight, November 18th.  The lucky winner is Mary B., Ann Arbor, MI.

Buy the book here: Balaboosta - for gifting or for your cookbook library.

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Traditional & Contemporary Holiday Desserts

By Paula Shoyer, Sterling Publishing

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KosherEye friend Paula Shoyer is an amazing pastry chef. Through the publication of her new book The Holiday Kosher Baker, she once again shares her talent and baking repertoire with the world. Paula travels globally to instruct and inspire budding and experienced bakers on how to create luscious pastry, breads and confections. She takes the intimidation out of baking, and gently guides her audiences to expand their baking reach.
The Holiday Kosher Baker is her second book. In this new collection of 120 recipes, Paula shares her best recipes for each holiday of the Jewish year, including gluten-free. nut-free, low-sugar and vegan desserts. Although we are not ready to go there, (a statement many of our readers will understand), the 45 Passover desserts do look incredibly delicious.

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. The Holiday Kosher Baker is organized into sections for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur night, Sukkot, Chanukah, Purim, Passover, and Shavuot. 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.

The book includes many of Paula's interpretations of baking classics including sponge cakes, babkas, challahs, and rugelach, along with pastries such as Ombré Layer Cake, Macaron Cake, Caramelized Mocha and Vanilla Bean Napoleons, and a Salted Caramel Banana Tart Tatin, which is an upside-down apple cake. This is a must-have kosher baking cookbook for the Jewish kitchen—and one to enjoy at holidays and throughout the year. . A KosherEye gift yourself gift others selection.

We are delighted to share 2 delicious recipes from The Holiday Kosher Baker: Traditional & Contemporary Holiday Desserts .

Pumpkin Doughnuts
Everything Rugelach

 We thank  Sterling Publishing  for sponsoring the Featured Cookbook and the FREE Giveaway!   

The random giveaway drawing ended 11:59PM, December 2, 2013. The lucky winner is Janice Levy, Brooklyn, NY.

Buy the book here: The Holiday Kosher Baker: Traditional & Contemporary Holiday Desserts - for gifting or for your cookbook library.

About Paula Shoyer
A former practicing attorney, Paula Shoyer graduated from the Ritz Escoffier pastry program in Paris. She is the author of The Kosher Baker: Over 160 Dairy-Free Recipes from Traditional to Trendy (Brandeis 2010) and is a contributing editor to several websites and magazines. 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 www.thekosherbaker.com.

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