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Real Life Kosher Cooking

by Miriam Pascal
Mesorah Publications

Miriam Pascal is a multi-talented colleague of ours. She is an online blogger, editor and founder of the popular blog OvertimeCook.com, a photographer, a self taught cook and baker, and a cookbook author. WHEW!  And readers, she is still under age 30! We previously featured  “Something Sweet” her cookbook focused on divine desserts, and now she presents her delicious new cookbook “Real Life Kosher Cooking”.

According to Miriam, “This book is the culmination of my personal cooking style and has been in the works for many years, as I learned to cook from a young age in my parents’ kitchen.” While gefilte fish was the norm for Shabbos in her friends’ family kitchens, in Miriam’s home, it was dishes like salmon topped with good olive oil and capers. Although her mom was a voracious cookbook reader, she never followed recipes – but used her creativity when cooking. We at KosherEye can relate to this; we consider recipes as inspiration rather than step-by-step guides.

The recipes in Real Life Kosher Cooking are approachable, innovative and motivating. We can tell if we like a cookbook by the number of pages we bookmark to try. Honestly, in this one, we have bookmarked just about a record number of recipes. So many of the recipes are simple, and  we plan to try them on weekdays, and some, although simple in preparation, are festive and worthy of special occasions and company. None of the recipes are intimidating in ingredient or method. Miriam’s goal was to write a cookbook, which would provide staples for her readers, that they would want make again and again. We think that she has reached her goal.

In addition to 160 recipes, she shares her own stunning photos of the dishes, along with freezer and plan ahead tips, possible substitutions and variations. This cookbook was a pleasure to read and to cook with. We’ve already tried the charred eggplant and tomato dip, the chunky vegetable soup and the roasted za’atar green beans (loved the flavor!). We plan to make the Asian glazed corned beef next.  We congratulate Miriam on this new cookbook - which we recommend to both seasoned  and newbie cooks! 
Enjoy these two recipes from Real Life Kosher Cooking:


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