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By Renee Chernin, Brand Name Publishing


Cooking For The King is based on the principle that there is nothing mundane in a world created by G-d. Renee's kitchen is certainly not mundane. Her cooking and entertaining are complete with sanctity, hospitality and elegance. Her recipes are creative, and they include many of the meaningful, symbolic foods of Rosh Hashanah. The cookbook shares menu ideas and entertaining tips on how to prepare and present exceptional Yom Tov meals.

All of the book's recipes are appropriate for the season. Direct from her home and kitchen in the Old City of Jerusalem, Renee shares many of her best and most popular selections. We love the fact that some are rooted in her Sephardic and southern background. In Cooking for the King, the kitchen is transformed and elevated by emphasizing symbolic foods and how to transform them into soups, side dishes, salads and more. Treat your guests like royalty - use Cooking for the King as an inspiring culinary guide for Rosh Hashanah.

Read our feature and our conversation with Renee, and try Renee's recipes for Shanah Tovah Salad and Chicken Rimon.

Win the Book ...We thank Brand Name Publishing  for sponsoring the KosherEye Featured Cookbook and the FREE Giveaway!

This Giveaway ended midnight, August 17, 2013. The lucky winner is Arlene Appelrouth, Atlanta, 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. 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! This is an absolutely uplifting, inspiring and delicious gift for your Yom Tov kitchen, or for your holiday host. To purchase, click here: "Cooking for the King" by Renee Chernin (Brand Name Publishing, 2013) (is more than a cookbook, it's a bridge between Heaven and the Kitchen)


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By Alex Hitz, Alfred A. Knopf Publisher

We were fascinated after reading the introduction when we discovered that the author Alex Hitz was born and "bred" in Atlanta. Yes, we have a special attachment to southern cooking and entertaining which is known to be friendly, frequent and hospitable! And then of course, most of our readers know that we are based in Atlanta. In this book, the talented author and caterer has simply relocated his southern culinary skills to Beverly Hills and shared some fabulous recipes, gracious entertaining, and presentation advice.

His step-by-step recipes are simple to follow – and enticing to prepare. Who can resist trying his signature recipes such as Cold Pea Soup with Mint; Dorothy's Baked Cheddar grits; Millionaire's Macaroni and Cheese; Dorothy's Fried Chicken.

We not only think that the recipes are exceptional – we confess that we read the book cover to cover. We peaked into Alex's celebrity filled life, (he shares recipes from his famous friends), and enjoyed a glimpse into his past Atlanta life... his traditional southern family, his socially active and well respected mother Caroline, his step-father, the famed symphony and chorale conductor Robert Shaw, and his beloved cook and culinary mentor, kitchen confidant of 40 years Dorothy Williams Davis. The food he grew up enjoying was inspired by his mother's time in Europe and infused with Dorothy's innate abilities in the kitchen. Guests at the Shaw house were treated to relaxed, unstuffy, southern elegance. The guest list spanned diverse groups from musical icons such as Leonard Bernstein, Leontyne Price and Aaron Copeland, to Coretta Scott King and Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter.

According to Alex, the book presents irresistible comfort food re-imagined. Yes, we agree. He was kind enough to allow us to share some recipes with our readers. We truly enjoyed this book, and think that you will as well.

We thank Alfred A. Knopf Publisher for sponsoring the KosherEye Featured Cookbook and the FREE Giveaway!  This Giveaway ended midnight July 31, 2013. The lucky winner is Betty Pearlman, Far Rockaway, NY.

Buy the book: My Beverly Hills Kitchen: Classic Southern Cooking with a French Twist for your cookbook library, or as a gift!

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 photographs and presentation advice provide a feast for the eyes, and the recipes will provide a feast!

Enjoy these recipes for
Chicken Salad
Broccoli Slaw
Perfect Homemade Mayonnaise
Peach Ice Cream


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By Ruth Joseph & Simon Round, Kyle Books


About the authors:
Ruth Joseph lives in Cardiff, Wales. She is a prize winning Welsh-Jewish author and media personality, and has been involved in broadcasting on the BBC Wales. Her series was titled 
'Anti- Inflation Cookery'. She is also a food writer for the Jewish Chronicle.
Simon Round is a feature writer, a TV critic and former food editor and columnist at the Jewish Chronicle. For over two decades his writings have appeared in publications in Great Britain and abroad.

Jewish Traditional Cooking is a lovely book for everyone interested in heirloom Jewish culinary culture. The book takes the reader on a mouthwatering. bowl-licking journey of food and recipe memories lovingly rooted in generations of Ashkenazi and Sephardi family meals and festive celebrations.

The book emphasizes the importance of Jewish food to Jewish life, and the authors' interest in the origins of both the ingredients and the meanings of dishes. This cookbook shares 150 accessible kosher recipes for authentic Jewish food, including personal stories and anecdotes, a basic explanation of Jewish dietary laws along and a simple glossary of terms.

KosherEye Notes: After reading this cookbook cover to cover, and trying some of the recipes, we feel like we know the authors, Ruth and Simon, and have shared deliciousness in their kitchens. Not only do we want to continue our recipe journey through this cookbook, but we want to return to Wales and visit Ruth while she cooks. By the way, we have been to Wales and as this book reflects, Wales is a most beautiful, scenic, friendly and welcoming country.

Try these recipes from Jewish Traditional Cooking:

Grilled Asparagus Soufflé
Leek and Pea Pie
Vanilla Kipferi Cookies

Win the Book ...We thank Kyle Books for sponsoring this week’s Cookbook of the Week and the FREE Giveaway!

To enter to win the cookbook:

Please email us at (just click on the email link
), and put your name and the name of the cookbook in the message box.
So easy! Giveaway ends midnight June 24, 2013.

Buy the book: Jewish Traditional Cooking: Over 150 Nostalgic & Contemporary Recipes for your cookbook library, or as a gift!

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Over 300 Recipes for Plant-Based Eating all Through the Year

The Experiment Publishing 

Forks Over Knives—the film and the movement—is now a cookbook. Through its recipes, the book shares health secrets such as how to lose weight, lower cholesterol, and prevent, control, or possibly even reverse chronic and degenerative conditions such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes. The message: eating the right food is your best medicine. After reading this book and understanding its mission, thousands of people have adjusted their diets and cut out meat, dairy and oils.
The documentary Forks over Knives was first introduced in 2011 by American filmmaker Lee Fulkerson. The film advocates a low-fat whole foods, plant-based diet as a means of combating disease. Both the book, published in 2013, and the movie examine the importance of plant-based eating in maintaining vibrant health, energy, and ideal weight.
What does the title mean? Forks over Knives refers to the goodness of fruits and veggies, which can be forked, but anything that must be cut with a knife is NOT! Del Sroufe, the author, and the man behind many of the mouthwatering dishes, asserts that the Forks Over Knives philosophy is not about "what you can't eat, but what you can".
Chef Del along with his collaborators Julieanna Hever, Judy Micklewright, Isa Chandra Moskowitz, and Darshana Thacker offer 300 recipes made with fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes. The recipes are both classic and contemporary, globally and seasonally inspired, and cover every meal of the day, including snacks. They are meant to be both delicious and supportive of good health.
The cookbook Forks Over Knives has been on the NY Times bestseller list (21 weeks+), and readers say that its filling and satisfying recipes are so good that they don't miss meat at all! They extol the book as "food for life that can change your life". So, remember when mom used to say, "The right food is your best medicine"! As usual, it seems that she was correct.
KosherEye note: Due to publishing restrictions, at this time we cannot share sample recipes with you.


Win the Book ...We thank The Experiment Publishing for sponsoring this week’s Cookbook of the Week and the FREE Giveaway!

To enter to win the cookbook:

Please email us at (just click on the email link
), and put your name and the name of the cookbook in the message box.
So easy! Giveaway ended midnight July 7, 2013. The lucky winner is Jean Sadoff, Chicago Il.

Buy the book: Forks Over Knives - The Cookbook: Over 300 Recipes for Plant-Based Eating All Through the Year for your cookbook library, or as a gift!

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Most of us are always searching for ways to eat well, eat delicious, eat healthy and eat smart. In the "old" days this was called a diet. And those of us who needed help with dieting, turned to Weight Watchers. Kudos to the longevity of this weight management plan, which helped so many, achieve the goals of health and optimum weight.
In addition to celebrating 50 years of helping people lead healthier lives, the new book — Weight Watchers 50th Anniversary Cookbook (St. Martin's Griffin) — shares many of Weight Watchers best-loved and most popular recipes, along with new recipes. Classic recipes are refreshed and updated, to fit the lifestyle of busy home cooks and their families.

The book as does the program, reflects a half-century of change, It takes a look back at the foods that were once labeled "legal" and "illegal." Some of the old illegals– bananas, spaghetti and alcohol– are now embraced by the plan. Members are encouraged to make food and eating choices in line with ever evolving nutritional science, and yes, exercise is encouraged.
The 355-page hardcover book features more than 280 recipes for every meal and occasion, including updated old favorites, from Oven-Fried Fish and Chips to Baked Alaska. We enjoyed the classic retro recipes like the much beloved 1970's Weight Watcher's vegetable soup which did not count for any calories or points, and the delicious Crunchy Peanut Butter Fudge (1980s).

Weight Watchers 50th Anniversary Cookbook is a great resource for a quick-fix dinner or for planning a complete week of healthful menus. Each recipe includes nutritional information and its PointsPlus value per serving.

KosherEye notes: As in some of the cookbooks we present, there are several recipes which are not kosher friendly. However the helpful information and wonderful recipes far outweigh the recipes that do not adhere to the laws of kashruth. And, with appropriate substitutions, most of these recipes can be easily converted to kosher. The Weight Watcher's cookbook is an excellent addition to any culinary library.

Enjoy these Weight Watchers 50th Anniversary Cookbook recipes:

Oven Fried Fish and Chips
Southwestern Chicken-Vegetable Soup
Turkey Sloppy Joes


Win the Book... We thank St. Martin's Griffin Publishing  for sponsoring the Weight Watchers 50th Anniversary Featured Cookbook and the FREE Giveaway!

To enter to win the cookbook - there will be two winners: Email us - click: ContactKosherEye 
 and enter your name and the name of the cookbook in the message box. Giveaway ended midnight, June 12, 2013. The luck winners are Alla Staroseletskaya of Minnetonka, MN and Caryl Lee of San Antonio, TX.
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: Weight Watchers 50th Anniversary Cookbook: 280 Delicious Recipes for Every Meal for your cookbook library or as a gift!




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