Passover Made Easy: It’s Coming!

Written by Leah Schapira, Victoria Dwek on Wednesday, 06 February 2013. Posted in News Updates

 

We’re ready to let CookKosher members in on a little secret. Or maybe it’s not such a secret anymore. Perhaps some birdies might have told you. Kinda literal chirping birdies like Twitter. Or birdies like Artscroll. Or really big birdies like Amazon.

But even if you’ve heard about the exciting debut of Passover Made Easy, by Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek (us!), our dear CookKosher members deserve a little bit of juice. 
 
Like how it all happens. 
 
Well, here’s a glimpse.
 
 
Here’s our stylist and photographer hard at work, making sure they got the right shot.  Our book was shot in a cool chef’s studio that was lined with shelves stocked with all kinds of random photo props. It was lots of fun to go prop shopping. The studio had great big windows right in the spot where we were shooting so we had great natural lighting to help us out. 
 
 
 
See that dish in front of the lights? That’s our Russian Coleslaw, looking really pretty. The background is being set up for the next dish, to the right of it. (Can you figure out which dish is going to go there? Hint: You’d need to find those flowers somewhere in the book. No, you don’t win anything if you guess right. But you can still win something for doing something else today. Keep reading.)
 
 
 
 
Fast forward a few weeks. Did you ever try to imagine what a book looks like before it’s a book? This big stack is full of recipes from our dessert chapter, fresh off the press.
 
 
 
And presto!  Some main dishes are ready for trimming and binding.
 
 
Well, they better hurry up. We can’t wait! As you’re ready this, the books are probably being bound, being packed in boxes, or loaded onto a truck so they can make their way to Artscroll headquarters in Brooklyn and hence to a bookstore near you. If you want to seal the deal and make sure your copy is on it’s way to you ASAP, it’s available for pre-order right now on Amazon or order directly from Artscroll and receive a cool discount. 
 
 
Here’s a little bit about the cool stuff in Passover Made Easy.
 
We love to chat with you. You’ll keep hearing us whisper to you all throughout the book. We also thought it would be fun to hear some random fun facts about Passover, so that’s in there too. We like to making cooking fun. 
 
 
 
Stumped about what wine to buy for the Seder? We got that covered. Even if you’re totally wine ignorant, we’ll get those wine-loving guests running to your table.
 
 
We even let you in on some of our food styling secrets with step-by-step photos of how beautiful dishes are created so you can work the same magic on your own table! Just like we showed you the Picture-Perfect Sushi Salad and the the Picture-Perfect Soup.
 
Another great thing about Passover Made Easy is the price. We wanted it to be affordable so everyone can be creative in the kitchen this Passover. There’s a full color photo for every single recipe. When we had to narrow down the recipes we could include to 60, we realized that a recipe had to be amazing to make the cut. Of course, we love the recipes on CookKosher.com, but it doesn’t take much for a recipe to go from a kitchen to being posted online. To get into a book, though, recipes had to be tested multiple times by multiple people, and then still hope that we deemed it yummy enough, original enough, and easy enough to be worthy of a page in our book. 
 
Some of our CookKosher members helped provide the inspiration for some of the recipes! Could you be one of them? Check your inbox for a message from us. 
 
 
Some of our much respected colleagues got to see a preview of the book. We were so excited to hear their impression:
 
"Thanks to Leah Shapira and Victoria Dwek, there's much more to Passover than matzo balls and brisket!  Their creative, accessible, and modern recipes will go a long way toward making your holiday ripe for experimentation and fun."
— Joan Nathan, author of ten cookbooks, including Jewish Cooking in America.
 
 
Finally! A fun, modern and personal guide to cooking for the holidays, by cooking pros who encourage rather than intimidate.
— Dianne Jacob, Author, Will Write for Food
 
That says it. 
 
Buy a copy on Amazon or on Artscroll.com.

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The are five ways to enter the draw. Each entry requires its own comment. Multiple entries in one comment will only be counted once.
 
 
Entry #1 – Follow @CookKosher on twitter and leave a comment on this post telling us that you did.
 
Entry #2 –- Like CookKosher on Facebook and leave a comment on this posttelling us that you did.
 
Entry #3 – Follow @CookKosher on Pinterest and leave a comment on this post telling us that you did.
 
Entry #4 – Follow @CookKosher on Instagram and leave a comment on this post telling us that you did.
 
Entry #5 - Leave a comment telling us what your favoriite Passover food is.
 
Note: If you already like/follow etc, that’s fine. Just leave a comment letting us know.

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About the Author

Leah Schapira

Leah Schapira is the bestselling author of Fresh & Easy Kosher Cooking, which sold it’s first 10,000 copies in 10 days, and the co-author of the Made Easy cookbook series, including Passover Made Easy, the debut title of the Made Easy series, Starters and Sides Made Easy, and the recently debuted Kids Cooking Made Easy.
In 2010, Leah launched Cookkosher.com, the popular online kosher recipe exchange, which currently boasts 30,000 Facebook fans. Her cookbook career began at the age of 21, when she wrote her first cookbook as a fundraiser to begin channeling her obsession with recipes. 
Leah is also a monthly columnist for Whisk, the popular kosher food magazine published by Ami Magazine, where readers appreciate her humor and wit. She’s a natural at live events, whether it’s a cozy cooking class around a kitchen island, or a hall filled with thousands. 
She has been featured in The Washington Post, The Star Ledger, and The Blue Lifestyle, among many others. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and children.

Victoria Dwek

Victoria Dwek is the Managing Editor of Ami Magazine's Whisk, where she gets to chat with all her reader friends about cooking and baking, and share all her fun experiences in the culinary world. 

Comments (118)

  • shayndya
    06 February 2013 at 17:46 |

    Entry #1 - already follow

  • shayndya
    06 February 2013 at 17:46 |

    Entry #2 - already like!

  • shayndya
    06 February 2013 at 17:47 |

    Entry #3 - already follow

  • ShaindyN
    06 February 2013 at 18:09 |

    i follow you on twitter

  • ShaindyN
    06 February 2013 at 18:10 |

    entry #1, following you on twitter

  • ShaindyN
    06 February 2013 at 18:11 |

    entry #2, liking you on facebook

  • ShaindyN
    06 February 2013 at 18:11 |

    #3 following on on pinterest

  • robyunich
    06 February 2013 at 23:02 |

    been following on Twitter (entry 1)

  • robyunich
    06 February 2013 at 23:03 |

    Like you on Facebook (entry 2)

  • robyunich
    06 February 2013 at 23:03 |

    My favorite Passover food is probably jam bars.

  • Whaleflipflops
    07 February 2013 at 01:11 |

    I follow you on twitter. (@whaleflipflops)

  • Whaleflipflops
    07 February 2013 at 01:12 |

    My favorite Passover food is matzah toffee

  • VanessaGoodman
    07 February 2013 at 01:53 |

    I'm following you on twitter!

  • mima
    07 February 2013 at 01:53 |

    Liked on fb

  • VanessaGoodman
    07 February 2013 at 01:53 |

    I am also following you on Facebook!

  • mima
    07 February 2013 at 01:55 |

    My favorite pesach food are matzo ball made from whole matzos with fried onions.

  • Carmody
    07 February 2013 at 01:58 |

    Entry #3 follow you on Pinterest!

  • Carmody
    07 February 2013 at 01:58 |

    Entry #2, already follow you on Facebook!

  • Carmody
    07 February 2013 at 01:59 |

    Entry #5, favorite Passover food...Matzo Candy!

  • michaelbuzz
    07 February 2013 at 02:00 |

    Just followed you on Pinterest.

  • michaelbuzz
    07 February 2013 at 02:01 |

    Just followed you on twitter.

  • whisktyler
    07 February 2013 at 02:02 |

    I follow you on all of them, Matzo brie

  • fay123
    07 February 2013 at 02:22 |

    #1 following twitter. (wahmom123)

  • fay123
    07 February 2013 at 02:23 |

    #2 I already LIKE fb page

  • thisisfelisa
    07 February 2013 at 02:24 |

    I follow you on twitter and i like you on facebook. My favorite passover food is a crumb cake I make from the kosher by design for pesach

  • rnider
    07 February 2013 at 02:44 |

    I like you on Facebook!

  • rnider
    07 February 2013 at 02:45 |

    My favorite Pesach food is matzoh stuffing. Especially with shmaltz!!!!

  • fay123
    07 February 2013 at 02:45 |

    #3 following on Pinterest

  • fay123
    07 February 2013 at 02:48 |

    #5
    My favorite pesach foods are sugared almonds and meringues. can u tell I have a sweet tooth ;)

  • alissa26
    07 February 2013 at 02:52 |

    my favorite thing to eat at passover is matzoh brie, with either a bit of sugar on top, jelly or syrup. It can be pancake style or scrambled, either way is yummy.

  • sunmoon
    07 February 2013 at 02:54 |

    #1 I follow on Twitter

  • alissa26
    07 February 2013 at 02:54 |

    I already like you on facebook and now will go to Pinterest and do the same, would love a new cookbook!

  • sunmoon
    07 February 2013 at 02:54 |

    #3 I follow on Pinterest

  • sunmoon
    07 February 2013 at 02:55 |

    #4 I follow on Instagram

  • sunmoon
    07 February 2013 at 02:59 |

    I Love matzo Balls.. i like when there is a mess up and there hard. then... you can cut them in half and pan fry them like a dumpling.. OMG.. so good...

    or a Spinach Matzo Lasagna... Something different and the Matzo ends up being flexible like a noodle...

  • vdubluvr
    07 February 2013 at 03:20 |

    I 'like' you on facebook...

  • vdubluvr
    07 February 2013 at 03:20 |

    I follow you on Pinterest...

  • vdubluvr
    07 February 2013 at 03:21 |

    I follow you on twitter...

  • vdubluvr
    07 February 2013 at 03:22 |

    I love zucchini lasagna for Passover...

  • trachtmj
    07 February 2013 at 03:30 |

    My favorite Passover recipe is Frozen Chocolate Maple Roll for dessert. Sure beats the compote my mother used to serve.

  • jspepper
    07 February 2013 at 04:10 |

    Followed on Twitter.

  • jspepper
    07 February 2013 at 04:10 |

    Liked on Facebook.

  • jspepper
    07 February 2013 at 04:11 |

    Liked on Facebook.

  • jspepper
    07 February 2013 at 04:11 |

    Followed the boards I cared about on Pinterest.

  • jspepper
    07 February 2013 at 04:11 |

    And my favorite part of Passover are 2: my Mom's apricot squares, and the morning ritual of fried matza (or matza brie).

  • theheckers
    07 February 2013 at 04:22 |

    I did entry # 2

  • RochelS
    07 February 2013 at 04:44 |

    I Follow @CookKosher on twitter (@lake12)

  • RochelS
    07 February 2013 at 04:44 |

    I Like CookKosher on Facebook

  • RochelS
    07 February 2013 at 04:45 |

    I Follow @CookKosher on Pinterest (rufful)

  • RochelS
    07 February 2013 at 04:45 |

    I Follow @CookKosher on Instagram (rochelsidell)

  • RochelS
    07 February 2013 at 04:47 |

    My favorite Pesach food is a really good Pesach Jelly roll cake that my mother makes.

  • heidiho1
    07 February 2013 at 06:00 |

    My favorite Pesach food is the matzoh meal cupcakes my Bubbe made for all the "kinder"

  • heidiho1
    07 February 2013 at 06:01 |

    I follow cook kosher on Facebook

  • heidiho1
    07 February 2013 at 06:01 |

    I also follow cook kosher on twitter

  • heidiho1
    07 February 2013 at 06:08 |

    I follow cook kosher on Pinterest

  • jofreedman
    07 February 2013 at 06:22 |

    Already liked on Facebook

  • jofreedman
    07 February 2013 at 06:23 |

    My mom's brisket is my favourite pesach dish

  • nweiser
    07 February 2013 at 07:38 |

    followed on pintrest

  • nweiser
    07 February 2013 at 07:39 |

    already following on fb

  • kosherfrugal
    07 February 2013 at 08:19 |

    I follow you on FB!

  • kosherfrugal
    07 February 2013 at 08:19 |

    I follow you on pinterest!

  • kosherfrugal
    07 February 2013 at 08:20 |

    favorite pesach food? probably chocolate...

  • Yadler
    07 February 2013 at 09:39 |

    I follow you on facebook

  • Yadler
    07 February 2013 at 09:41 |

    lady finger cookies

  • olivette
    07 February 2013 at 12:27 |

    i liked you on facebook !!! a pessah cook book just what i needed ...!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • rhomgren
    07 February 2013 at 16:22 |

    Follow on Twitter

  • rhomgren
    07 February 2013 at 16:22 |

    Like on Facebook

  • rhomgren
    07 February 2013 at 16:23 |

    Follow on Pinterest

  • rhomgren
    07 February 2013 at 16:23 |

    Follow on Instagram

  • rhomgren
    07 February 2013 at 16:25 |

    I have two favorite Passover foods -- farfel pudding and matzo brei

  • juststam
    07 February 2013 at 16:41 |

    I follow cook kosher on twitter

  • juststam
    07 February 2013 at 16:42 |

    I follow cook kosher on facebookI follow cook kosher on instagram

  • juststam
    07 February 2013 at 16:42 |

    I follow cook kosher on facebook

    • juststam
      07 February 2013 at 16:43 |

      Fav pesach food is the chocolate :)

  • suryeng
    07 February 2013 at 17:13 |

    1. done
    2. done
    3. done
    4. done
    5. Apple Custard.

  • ShaindyN
    07 February 2013 at 19:11 |

    following you on instragram

  • Batsheva20
    07 February 2013 at 19:53 |

    Favorite is doughless potato knishes

  • Batsheva20
    07 February 2013 at 19:54 |

    Favorite is doughless potato knishes

  • lollypop8
    08 February 2013 at 02:20 |

    beet salad and egg noodles (sliced very thin)

  • cappuccino
    08 February 2013 at 02:37 |

    follow on IG

  • cappuccino
    08 February 2013 at 02:40 |

    follow pinterest

  • cappuccino
    08 February 2013 at 02:40 |

    follow pinterest

  • cappuccino
    08 February 2013 at 02:41 |

    follow pinterest

  • cappuccino
    08 February 2013 at 02:42 |

    love matza pizza! :)

  • cappuccino
    08 February 2013 at 02:44 |

    i love matza pizza :)

  • AbbyPires
    08 February 2013 at 18:04 |

    I am following you on Pinterest!

  • AbbyPires
    08 February 2013 at 18:06 |

    My favorite foods are the chicken quesadillas, and charoset we make every year.

  • eralbert706
    08 February 2013 at 21:06 |

    Already liked!!!

  • eralbert706
    08 February 2013 at 21:07 |

    My favorite Pesach food is the Pesach version of pancakes.. I like them better than chometz pancakes I do!

  • Bat7
    10 February 2013 at 14:04 |

    matzah balls my favorite!!! would love your recipe book love your recipes!!

  • kosherfoodie
    10 February 2013 at 15:26 |

    Matza Pizza, Matza Pizza and more Matza Pizza!

  • INSPIREME
    11 February 2013 at 03:28 |

    I Love Matzah, cooked potatoes and sour cream, and chocolate mousse!!

  • chaviegifter
    11 February 2013 at 05:09 |

    following on twitter

    My favorite passover food is kneidlach made out of shmurah matzah meal

  • koochy
    11 February 2013 at 08:22 |

    Entry 2. Already like on Facebook.

  • koochy
    11 February 2013 at 08:24 |

    favorite food is..... Good crispy Matzah topped with Cream Cheese.

  • tlubin
    11 February 2013 at 13:21 |

    liked on facebook! would love to give to my hardworking mother!

  • knaidel
    12 February 2013 at 04:55 |

    Facebook liked! First Pesach on our own, I could use one heck of a cookbook, STAT!!!

  • knaidel
    12 February 2013 at 04:56 |

    Favorite food: Wondering why chicken soup comes out better on Pesach when we do everything exactly the same. Honest!

  • stovs24
    12 February 2013 at 16:46 |

    followed on facebook!

  • Mimi
    12 February 2013 at 17:05 |

    My favorite pesach food is pesach luckshen/crepes!

  • brachaprawer
    12 February 2013 at 19:11 |

    follow you on instagram!!!

  • brachaprawer
    12 February 2013 at 19:12 |

    like you on fb!!

  • lissauer
    12 February 2013 at 20:59 |

    Im following on pinterest! hope to b the winner!

  • ar
    12 February 2013 at 21:22 |

    liked u on fb :)

  • judylf
    13 February 2013 at 06:53 |

    My favorite passover food is macaroons! Would love to get a great recipe and make my own!

  • judylf
    13 February 2013 at 06:55 |

    Liked on Facebook

  • davises88
    13 February 2013 at 23:14 |

    Did entry 1, 2, 3, 5.
    Favorite Pesah food: each year I make different harosets from around the world and then do a tasting. Israeli, Venetian, Curacao, Turkish, etc.

  • eralbert706
    15 February 2013 at 02:00 |

    Liked on facebook

  • eralbert706
    15 February 2013 at 02:01 |

    like the pesach pancakes. i actually like them better than chometz pancakes and look forward to them all year!

  • Gitta
    15 February 2013 at 04:14 |

    Already liked on Facebook

  • SherryL
    17 February 2013 at 04:39 |

    Follow you on twitter (cowgirlinwa)

  • SherryL
    17 February 2013 at 04:40 |

    Already follow on FB

  • SherryL
    17 February 2013 at 04:41 |

    Follow you on Pinterest (Magic Seasons)

  • SherryL
    17 February 2013 at 04:46 |

    Favorite Passover foods are matzo Balls and also macaroons

  • EssMeinKind
    18 February 2013 at 05:43 |

    Favorite cheat: Caramel cake
    Favorite food: whole wheat matzah.

  • reizelr
    20 February 2013 at 06:00 |

    following cookkosher on twitter

  • thefeeka
    20 February 2013 at 13:25 |

    I love cooked potato latkes with homemade applesauce or a roast with homemade applesauce. Also strawberry ices. and pesachdik non gebrokts chocolate chip cookies (made with gorund nuts). yum!

  • Chavs
    28 February 2013 at 00:15 |

    My favorite Pesach food is the rainbow cake from Hagaddah Bakery.

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