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By Jamie Geller
William Morrow - an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Jamie Geller continues to amaze us – her energy, her warmth, her entrepreneurial spirit, her self-confidence and her love of all things Jewish – demonstrated by her family’s recent decision to make aliyah and move to Israel.

And, now another book, her third. We don’t know where she finds the time, but we’re glad that she does. But, Joy of Kosher, Fast, Fresh Family Recipes is not just another cookbook. It is a love story between Jamie and her readers. She shares her personal thoughts, her feelings and her relationships side by side with her recipes. We have known Jamie casually for several years, but after reading her new cookbook, we have forged a new relationship with her— as will you – she will surely have so many new “BFF”s.

We never knew that she was an incurable serial hugger!  We do not know her Hubby, but after reading about him, we certainly want to!  And shvigger (mother-in-law) Karen can come cook into our kitchen anytime. We can visualize the clear golden chicken soup, made by Ma and Uputzi, and taste the dark rich earthy chicken soup cooked up by her other grandparents Grandma and Poppy. And then, there are the 5 adorable Geller children.

Yes, you will love this cookbook for the stories, the intimate glimpse into Jamie’s life, and of course, the recipes. They are creative, simple, warm and happy --  just like Jamie. There are 100 recipes with options to dress them up or down. . . so actually, more than 200, accompanied by anecdotes. The recipes are complemented by the gorgeous photos of Andrew Purcell. The book also includes Jamie’s advice on “must have” kitchen tools and pantry ingredients, along with a “yiddish-yinglish” glossary.

Jamie has certainly embarked on an incredible journey since her bestselling first book “The Bride who Knew Nothing”.   Her new Joy of Kosher, Fast, Fresh Family Recipes will make you smile, and inspire you to cook, again.

Get ready Jamie – for a big Mazeltov hug when we see you!


Try these two sample recipes from Joy of Kosher, Fast, Fresh Family Recipes:
Moroccan Roasted Chicken
Latkes with Caviar and Cream

 We thank William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publisher  for sponsoring the Featured Cookbook and the FREE Giveaway!    The Giveaway ended midnight, October 23, 2013. Two winners announced shortly. 

This is a KosherEye "gift yourself - gift others" selection. Buy the book here Joy of Kosher: Fast, Fresh Family Recipes for your cookbook library or as a gift!

 

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 The 250 Most Requested Naturally Delicious Recipes
 from One of America's Best-Loved Restaurants
 By The Moosewood Collective
 Food Photography by Jim Scherer
 St. Martin's Griffin

More than one million copies of the The Moosewood Restaurant Cookbooks have been sold in the 40-year history of the restaurant. They are definitely considered beloved classics in American Cookbook history. The recipes are dependable, simple, healthful and creative. In our opinion, the Moosewood cookbook series is the pioneer and the showcase of the meatless, vegetarian genre.

Moosewood Restaurant, was actually founded in 1973, and revolutionized vegetarian cooking by making vegetarian "cool" and elevating meatless meals by introducing a variety of delicious food choices including soups, sandwiches, casseroles, entrees, salads, and desserts.

The Moosewood Collective (Molly Katzen was a longtime member) now has nineteen members who share responsibilities and participate in the various jobs necessary to run what has grown from a very small natural foods restaurant to a larger and more diversified company. Some members have worked for the restaurant since its founding in 1973.

To celebrate its 40th anniversary, MOOSEWOOD RESTAURANT FAVORITES a cookbook by the Moosewood Collective contains 250 of their most requested recipes completely updated and revised to reflect the way they're cooked now. The recipes are increasingly vegan and gluten-free, benefitting from fresh herbs, new varieties of vegetables, and the wholesome addition of newly rediscovered grains. Fish recipes are also included.

Moosewood Restaurant Favorites offers the reader a collection and sampling of some of the Moosewood's best recipes, including customer and collective favorites. Even non-vegetarians will want to add this book to their collections.

Enjoy these recipes for two of Moosewood's all time favorites:
Moosewood Classic Tofu Burgers
Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble

 We thank St. Martin's Griffin  for sponsoring the Featured Cookbook and the FREE Giveaway!

Giveaway ended midnight, October 12, 2013. The lucky winners are Cindy Bauman, Silver Spring, MD, and Rivka Sanders, New York, New York.
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.  Once notified, the winner must respond within 48 hours or the prize will be awarded to the runner-up.

Buy the book here Moosewood Restaurant Favorites: The 250 Most-Requested, Naturally Delicious Recipes from One of America's Best-Loved Restaurants for your cookbook library or as a gift!

 

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Tales and Recipes to Nourish Body and Soul
By Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski and Judi Dick, Artscroll/Shaar Press

What an appropriate book for this Yom Tov season. Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski is internationally known as a prolific writer, a Torah scholar and lecturer, and a world respected psychiatrist. Twerski's clinical career specializes in addiction; much of his writing concerns self-improvement and Jewish ethical behavior.

He co-authored the book, "A Taste of Nostalgia: Tales and Recipes to Nourish Body and Soul" with Judi Dick, an Artscroll/Shaar Press editor. Along with recipes, the book shares meaningful stories and memories of Jewish life. It is "a storybook with recipes".

We are delighted to present some recipes from this meaningful book:

Bubbie's Chicken Soup 
Sweet and Sour Fish 
Gefilte Fish a la Twerski

We thank Artscroll/Shaar Press for sponsoring the KosherEye Featured Cookbook Giveaway! 

This Giveaway ends midnight, September 11, 2013.



One lucky winner was randomly selected. Random Giveaway drawing ended midnight, September 11th. The lucky winner is Bob Rosenthal, Palatine, IL.


Buy the book for your cookbook library, or as a gift! To purchase, click here: A Taste of Nostalgia: Tales And Recipes to Nourish Body And Soul

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And then there was Cake - desserts to enjoy and impress
Hebrew Academy of Montreal

Editor: Muriel Cohen, Co-editors: Chaya Lieberman, Jordana Levy, Vera Preisler, Vanessa Fallenbaum

 

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"And then there was Cake" is a collection of more than 80 sweet confections & desserts ranging from classic to modern. The 200-page cookbook reflects Montreal's diverse Jewish heritage and is a shared project of the families of the Hebrew Academy of Montreal and its community,

This, the school's first cookbook, was published in June 2013. Created as a fundraising tool for the school, the book has grown to represent the varied backgrounds of the families who send their children to the Hebrew Academy of Montreal. It contains recipes with a "French accent" and presents a mix of Sephardi, Ashkenazi and international favorites. Recipes were submitted by parents, tested by the various members of the parents association's cookbook committee and ultimately by professional chef and food stylist Jacques Faucher. A picture accompanies every recipe.

"And then there was Cake" is more than just a collection of delectable baking, pastry and dessert recipes --  it is a valuable kitchen resource for any "chef" including the beginner, busy or experienced. The instructions are clear, and the photographs are magnificent.

The recurring themes of family and community, along with a deep respect for heritage, are summarized in the book's dedication "to the generations of Hebrew academy students past, present and future. This labor of love was launched over three years ago by five parents in the school, as "a celebration of life in all its sweetness", and supported by generous donors in the community. It is a beautiful book with excellent recipes, and well worth adding to a cookbook library.

Enjoy these recipes from And then there was Cake:

Velvety Chocolate Mousse
Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Enter to win this sweet book, or support the school and purchase a copy at www.ha-cookbook.com.

Giveaway ended midnight, September 30, 2013. The lucky winner is Debbie L., Baltimore Md.
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.  Once notified, the winner must respond within 48 hours or the prize will be awarded to the runner-up.

Buy the book by clicking here: And then there was cake for your cookbook library or as a gift!


 

 

 

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Reflections and Recipes from The House that Herring Built
By Mark Russ Federman, Schocken Books

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When you think of appetizing – yes that's the word most "real" New Yorkers used to describe smoked cold fish like lox, nova, herring, whitefish, one company comes to mind as pioneers and icons in the appetizing world, Russ & Daughters. We thoroughly enjoyed reading about the history of this store – and how, to this day it remains a family business. In 1976, the author, Mark Russ Federman, left his job as an Upper East Side trial lawyer, and spent 30 years, 6 days a week running it, and now his daughter and nephew have taken over.

The business was actually founded in 1907 by Grandpa Joel Russ, a Galician immigrant who rolled his herring pushcart down Hester street on the Lower East Side. The pushcart expanded to a store front in 1914. The book is a tribute to the entrepreneurial Grandpa Russ and to the three Russ daughters, Aunt Hattie, Aunt Ida and to his mother, Anne, who all worked side by side with their father, each sharing their various business talents.

Federman describes his "pedigree" by using the Yiddish word Yichis, referring to his lineage. In Jewish tradition, Yichis usually means having notable rabbinic ancestors who in the "old world" were community leaders or Torah scholars, mantles that were typically passed down from generation to generation along male lines. But as Federman explains, the Russ Yichis was passed down from father to daughters, and can be found in hard work, and the satisfaction in selling fish.

The book is a page-turner. If you are interested in business, Federman shares tips on how a business (ok - a fish business) should and should not be run. He shares his thoughts with both humor and earnestness. Both the customer and employee experiences he relates are fascinating as is his advice about the need for resilience during hard times. Managing a family business is also another aspect of his reflections, and his description of the family dynamics takes this book to another level. Who knew that the next generation, the one sent to college, would ever want to take over? And who knew that a Jewish father would be disappointed when his son chose to be a doctor instead of working in a fish store? Certainly not Federman.

We highly recommend this book – it is a classic story of a Jewish immigrant family, transitioning from a European shtetl to life in New York. Even if you don't cook, you will enjoy reading about the slicing and schmoozing in Russ and Daughters. But if you do cook, these coveted heirloom recipes are treasures, easy to prepare and oh so delicious.

And by the way, our wishes for a healthy happy new year to Aunt Hattie and Federman's mother Ida, who now reside in Florida. Be well, zie gezunt.

KosherEye Notes: Although the store, Russ and Daughters, is not certified kosher, nonetheless, this book is highly recommended --  as are the recipes when made with kosher fish. A "gift yourself, gift others" KosherEye selection.

Try these Russ & Daughters recipes. They are classic and family gems:
Cheese Blintzes
Mushroom and Barley Soup

 We thank Schocken Books  for sponsoring the KosherEye Featured Cookbook and the FREE Giveaway!

This Giveaway ended midnight, August 27, 2013.   The lucky winner will be notified and announced shortly.

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. Once notified, the winner must respond within 48 hours or the prize will be awarded to the runner-up.

Buy the book for your cookbook library, or as a gift!  To purchase, click here: Russ & Daughters: Reflections and Recipes from the House That Herring Built"

 

 

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