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howtocookindiancoverby Sanjeev Kapoor
Stewart, Tabori & Chang
A division of Abrams Books

If you are a devotee of Indian cuisine then you are familiar with Sanjeev Kapoor, and if you are not, then it is time that you meet him. We would like to introduce you to Sanjeev Kapoor, known as "the Rachael Ray of Indian" − chef, cookbook author (over three dozen cookbooks), restaurateur,  television food show sensation (“Khana Khazana”  which translate to “Food Treasure”) −  a multi-talented person. How To Cook Indian is his first cookbook for American audiences. In it he shares his easy, no-fuss cooking approach and demystifies this exotic cuisine. Everything you will need to know about Indian cooking is included in this book: with close to 500 authentic modern recipes that reflect his style, his experience and his tastes, Kapoor first steps you through the ingredients, spices, tools and kitchenware that are commonly used in the home kitchen . A chapter on the basic spice mixtures is next. Now you are set to start cooking a diversity of Indian recipes, including such favorites as Chicken Makhni (Butter Chicken) (we have adapted this recipe to use nondairy margarine), Palak Paneer, and samosas, along with less–familiar dishes that are sure to become new favorites, including soups and shorbas; kebabs, snacks, and starters; main dishes; pickles and chutneys; breads; and more.  Scattered throughout the book are his Notes  and Chef' Tips (handy additional recipe information).  The book contains am array of recipes that represent the multi–regional cooking of the country. With a handy spice guide to help in understanding the basic flavors, start exploring the fabulous flavor combinations of Indian cooking.

Enjoy the following recipes: Chicken Makhni (Butter Chicken) – using nondairy ingredients, Aloo Chaat Dilli Style – A tangy potato snack, and Masaledar ChholayA famous Punjabi preparation of chickpeas in a spicy tomato gravy.

Win the Book ...We thank Stewart, Tabori & Chang for sponsoring this week’s Cookbook of the Week and the FREE Giveaway!

To enter to win the cookbook:

Please email us at ContactKosherEye (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, February 10th, 2013.

Congratulations to the Winner – LeGwen Hamilton

Buy the Book The At Home Gourmet for your cookbook library, or as a gift!

KosherEye Notes:
OK, please know that we favor Indian cuisine and love the spice combinations that turn a simple ingredient into a sensational dish –  in other words: we are partial to this cookbook. There are so many recipes that it will be impossible to make every one. Included in this book are several recipes that use non–kosher shellfish – just skip them. For the poultry and lamb recipes that include yogurt (very popular in Indian cuisine) we suggest substituting a nondairy yogurt product. Also, Ghee (clarified butter) is a staple – again, we suggest substituting a nondairy margarine. It may not taste exactly the same but believe us, with the fabulous combination of spices, no one will miss it. This book is a treasure trove of vegetarian recipes. We suggest it for carnivores and non-carnivores alike – there is something for everyone. The cookbook does not have any pictures.

Watch Chef Kapoor demonstrate how to toast cumin seeds

For Your Information:
As you enjoy reading about these fabulous cookbooks, some featured cookbooks have recipes, or indeed chapters with recipes that have non−kosher ingredients. No worries! KosherEye and our team of knowledgeable cookbook authors, chefs and foodies will help you find, convert and substitute ingredients to create kosher recipes. To get you started, we are providing an initial, basic list of kosher substitutions. As is the case with many outstanding cookbooks, this is a worthwhile exercise, which enables the  kosher cook to have access to some of the world’s greatest, classical and most contemporary recipes, created by experts in their field.

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Everyday Gourmet Kosher Cooking for the Home Chef

theathomegourmetcoverBy Sarah M. Lasry
Israel Book Shoppe Publications

Published by Israel Book Shop, The At Home Gourmet offers more than 100 fully illustrated recipes – for dairy, meat and parve dishes. The recipes are easy to follow, with readily accessible ingredients and simple preparation tips. This is Sarah Lasry’s second cookbook – her first, The Dairy Gourmet: Secret Recipes from Tastebuds Café was quite a hit!

Formerly the owner of the popular Tastebuds Gourmet Café in Howell New Jersey, Sarah is now focusing on her books, her websites, The PatchkePrincess.com  and Kosherstreet.com and remains passionate about sharing recipes and food advice.

Whether searching for a quick weeknight recipe or for a company dish, you will enjoy The At Home Gourmet, in fact you will want to try every recipe. The food styling by Margalit Lankry and the photographs by Joshua Shaub provide wonderful full color renditions of the recipes. How do these sound??? Mustard Ginger BBQ Wings, Split Pea Soup, Homemade Onion Rings, Beer Bread, New England Corn Chowder, Taco Salad, Chicken Curry, Famous Vanilla Cheesecake, Granola bars – need we say more? There is something for every taste. Lasry also includes bonus recipes – dips, sides, and accompaniments, and tips on how to lighten up many of the dishes.

This is a gift yourself, gift others KosherEye selection.

Win the Book ...We thank Israel Book Shoppe Publications for sponsoring this week’s Cookbook of the Week and the FREE Giveaway!

To enter to win the cookbook:

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So easy! Giveaway ends midnight, February 3rd, 2013.

Congratulations to the Winner – Joanne Freedman

Buy the Book The At Home Gourmet for your cookbook library, or as a gift!

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Get Cooking!
A Jewish American Family Cookbook

getcookingcoverBy Rachel Harkham and Doni Zasloff Thomas
Behrman House Publication

What fun! This rockin’ and rollin’ family cookbook is a celebration of the Jewish Year in food, fun and culture. In addition to easy family recipes, there are holiday activities, jokes, riddles and a free CD sung by Doni Zasloff Thomas, aka Mama Doni, a popular children’s music maven and entertainer. Co-author Rachel Harkham, aka Recipe Rachel, shares contemporary and simplified reinterpretations of classic recipes.

All of the recipes are definite “young cooks” versions. They are easy to follow, accompanied by step-by-step cooking tips, and complemented by friendly, inviting, colorful, whimsical graphics and photos. Even the type styles and colors used on each page “stir up” the senses.   The energy of the clever lyrics and music of Mama Doni, paired with the family appeal of the recipes, make this book just plain fun! Time to cook, sing and dance in the kitchen! Or, as Mama Doni says in her song: Get Ready, Get Set. Get Cooking!

Enjoy the recipe for Fill–in–the–Blank Chocolate Bark.

Win the Book ...We thank Behrman House Publication for sponsoring this week’s Cookbook of the Week and the FREE Giveaway!

To enter to win the cookbook:

Please email us at ContactKosherEye (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,January 20th, 2013.

Congratulations to the Winner – Goldie Lechter

Buy the Book Get Cooking: A Jewish American Family Cookbook for your cookbook library, or as a gift!

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365 Tempting Treats for the Sweetest Year of Your Life

dailycookiecoverBy Anna Ginsberg
Andrews McMeel Publishing

Anna Ginsberg, a self taught home cook, is an award–winning baker! She was the grand prize winner of the 41st Pillsbury Bake-Off, and won several other local and national cooking competitions as well. Her baking adventures are detailed on her blog, CookieMadness.net In her first book, The Daily Cookie, she shares a year of cookies – yes, 365 cookie recipes, one for each day of the year.

The recipes are simple to follow, appropriate for the novice or advanced baker and fun for family baking too. There are chewy, crunchy, crispy choices, along with bars, brownies, sweet, salty, vegan, ethnic specialties, gluten free, no bake cookies and 4 ingredient cookies! Something for everyone. Each recipe is accompanied by a full color photo, baking tips and anecdotes.

Enjoy the following cookie recipes: Carrot Breakfast Cookies, Fortune Cookies and Rugelach.

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

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Please email us at
ContactKosherEye (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,January 27th, 2013.

Congratulations to the Winner – Rachael Gray-Raff

Buy the Book The Daily Cookie for your cookbook library, or as a gift!

KosherEye Notes:
In addition to 12 months of recipes for everyday, holidays and special occasions, the book includes information on ingredients, cookie making tools and equipment. Metric conversions and an index organized by cookie type, pan size, batch size, and dietary needs. There are two recipes that use a non-kosher meat ingredient – but that still leaves 363 cookie recipes. This book is guaranteed to please the “cookie-monster” in your life. Go ahead, start baking!

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Vegan Family Meals
Real Food for Everyone

veganfamilymealscoverby Ann Gentry
Andrews McMeel Publishing

Vegan Family Meals gathers everyone – meat lovers, vegetarians, and vegans – around the table to share in accessible and appealing vegan recipes that will inspire readers concerned with the ethics and health of their food choices. Ann Gentry, Hollywood's go–to vegan chef, mom, and founder of Los Angeles' most popular and chic vegan restaurant Real Food Daily, shares her secret recipes. The book has been honored with a Mom's Choice Award (Gold) in the category Adult Books / Cooking, Food, and Wine, proving that as a mom herself, Ann knows how to feed a hungry family on an affordable budget.

You don't have to be a vegan to enjoy Vegan Family Meals. Moms, chefs, foodies, and families can all enjoy expanding their cooking repertoire with this book filled with easy to prepare, scrumptious, healthy recipes and tips for the real food pantry. Whether you're a time-strapped cook or a seasoned pro in the kitchen, Vegan Family Meals demystifies vegetarian and vegan cooking by offering more than 100 deliciously fresh and simple-to prepare-recipes, many of which are gluten free.

Ann Gentry is a chef, restaurateur, cookbook author and a pioneer in the world of vegan cuisine. She is the author of The Real Food Daily Cookbook, the executive chef to Vegetarian Times magazine, and has her own cooking show, Naturally Delicious, on the Veria channel from the Dish Network. Gentry lives in Los Angeles with her family.

Recipes to try: Pinto Bean Enchiladas, One-pot Vegetables and Tofu with Sesame Rice, Harvest Kale Salad with Sweet Mustard Tempeh and Saffron-Orange Tahini Dressing and Vanilla and Chocolate Swirl Bundt Cake with Chocolate Fudge Glaze.

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

Congratulations to the Winner Aimee Goldenberg

To enter to win the cookbook:

Please email us at ContactKosherEye (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,January 13th, 2013.

Buy the Book Vegan Meals Real Food for Everyone for your cookbook library, or as a gift!

KosherEye Notes:
This was an informative and important book for us to read (yes, we read cookbooks and to us they are novels) as we are aware of the growing importance of including more vegetarian and plant based recipes in our repertoire. There is an ongoing awareness of the source of our food ingredients and Ann Gentry's cookbook is devoted to eating healthfully – that is how she eats and what she feeds her family. This is not to say that we are becoming vegan, but we are serving more vegetable based entrees. The recipes in this cookbook are very inviting and can easily be served to the carnivore in your family. We did notice the Asian condiment ingredient influence in several of the recipes. Eden Foods does produce some of the Japanese umeboshi ingredients – Circle K kosher – and we are eager to explore using more of them in our cooking. This book has made the cut for inclusion on our cookbook shelf.

Video: Vegan Family Meals with Ann Gentry

 

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