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Cookbooks Review #2 (Free Cookbook)

Written by Leah Schapira on Thursday, 24 November 2011. Posted in Food News

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While summer is my real reading time (here's my summer cookbook review), I manage to sneak in some cookbook reading into the cold winter days.  Here are a couple of my new favorites. 

 
 

Inside the Jewish Bakery: Recipes and Memories from the Golden Age of Jewish Baking by Stanley Ginsberg and Norman Berg

If you love baking and enjoy learning new techniques, this book is for you. Recipes include variations of challah, bagels and tempting Jewish bakery classics – such as checkerboard cake, rainbow cookies, egg kichlech and black & white cookies. What I love about this book, aside from the cultural and historical information, is that all the recipes are given in bakers’ percentages, in addition to cups , oz and grams. Baking is a form of chemistry, and professional bakers tend to use exact formulas when baking. These formulas were past down from generation to generation and the authors’ brake it down for the home cook. Even if you don’t plan on baking anything, the book is full of history lessons and sweet memories from Jewish bakeries. 
 
 
Did you know? Chiffon Cake was unknown in Jewish Europe; in fact it was invented by Harry Baker, a California insurance-salesman turned caterer, in 1927. In 1947 he sold his recipe to General Mills, which featured it in ‘Better Homes & Gardens’ a year later. It took America by storm and quickly became the standard in Jewish bakeries during the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s.
 
If you’d like to win a copy of “Inside the Jewish Bakery” scroll down to the end of the post. 
 
 
 

The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen: Glorious Meals Pure and Simple by Lévana Kirschenbaum

Levana Kirshenbaum is passionate about cooking healthy and her newest book really takes it to another level.  “The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen” is all about eating healthy tasty food. It is full of tips and advice on cooking from scratch, and brimming with gluten-free & whole grain recipes and their many variations.  One of my favorite chapters in the book is “The Pantry – edible gifts to yourself and beyond”, with recipes for dressings and sauces such as homemade cocktail sauce, Thai and Teriyaki sauce.
Healthy food doesn’t have to boring and in classical Levana’s style, it’s an entertaining read. The book will be republished in a larger and more beautiful format in March. You can grab a copy of the book right now if you can’t wait.
 
 
 

Momofuku Milk Bar by Christina Tosi

While I love Jewish/kosher cookbooks, I always find little gems in other cookbooks as well. Momofuku Milk bar is a cookbook  with  recipes of innovative and addictive cookies, pies, ice creams and other goodies. An example of one of the cookies is the ‘composite cookie’ - a chunky chocolate chip cookie studded with crunchy salt pretzels and coffee grounds.  And If that doesn’t entice you, this one will - cornflake chocolate-chip marshmallow cookie. The book is not only about ice creams and cookies, there is also a full chapter devoted to bread.  While all the recipes could be used in a kosher kitchen, the only ingredient I had trouble with is milk powder. Currently, cholov yisroel milk powder is hard to find, but you can easily replace it with pareve soy milk powder.  If you like to bake and don’t mind spending time in the kitchen, this book is for you. Most recipes have 2-4 components in it and do take some time to assemble.  But the recipes are so different and delicious that it’s worth the effort. 
 
 
 

Gluten-Free Cupcakes: 50 Irresistible Recipes Made with Almond and Coconut Flour by Elana Amsterdam

 
If you know someone that keeps a gluten free diet, you know how hard it is to bake delicious gluten free baked goods. Not to mention that most gluten free recipes, contain xanthium gum and other hard to find ingredients. ‘Gluten Free Cupcakes’ is a small soft cover book with 50 cupcake recipes made with almond and coconut flours.  The photos are so beautiful and the recipes contain variations such as apple spice, triple chocolate and cinnamon crumb cupcakes, I may just make them all year round, eventhough I have no problem baking with flour. 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Fresh & Easy Kosher Cooking: Ordinary Ingredients — Extraordinary Meals by Leah Schapira

Last but not least, we can’t mention new cookbooks without mentioning my own. Shameless plug. 
 
Fresh & Easy is all about ‘ordinary ingredients’ that yield ‘extraordinary results’. It’s fun, fresh and easy food that your family will enjoy. Best part of it all, you’ll rarely have to leave your house, as most of the ingredients should be right in your pantry.  In the cookbook you’ll find fun everyday food, like teriyaki sesame chicken, home fries and sweet chili chicken sandwiches.  I devote sections to brunch, soups, salads, desserts with a section for traditional Jewish foods as well. 
 
To win a copy of this book click here
 
 
To win a copy of ‘Inside the Jewish Bakery’ leave a comment telling us what kind of cookbook do you wish someone wrote? 
 
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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.

Comments (63)

  • ShaindyN
    25 November 2011 at 01:23 |

    I would want a another cookbook like nechama cohen, each recipe w/nutrition facts!

  • kitchentested
    25 November 2011 at 02:44 |

    Don't want to give too much away since I would like to write my own cookbook one day :) but lots of pictures!!!

  • yadinoe
    25 November 2011 at 03:14 |

    I would be interested in unique ways to prepare kosher fish.

  • hbiederman
    25 November 2011 at 03:27 |

    i love cookbooks that have a picture for each recipe.

  • RGLevy
    25 November 2011 at 05:55 |

    I would love a kosher cookbook for a busy mom of very picky toddlers!

  • shayndya
    25 November 2011 at 11:03 |

    I would love a cookbook that focused on supper menu ideas with grocery lists at the beginning of each one.

  • SarahBrodsky
    25 November 2011 at 15:54 |

    I would like a kosher cookbook about biscuits.

  • Jeliro
    25 November 2011 at 16:48 |

    I am looking forward to Levana's new cookbook, and I would like to see her tackle some New Orleans Southern favorites.

  • Shemie
    25 November 2011 at 22:18 |

    I would LOVE to win

  • PEPITO
    26 November 2011 at 10:44 |

    I'd like a vegetarian kosher cookbook

  • number1chef
    26 November 2011 at 19:25 |

    I would love a kosher cookbook that provides recipes and entertaining ideas for all kinds of parties

  • sarah_d
    26 November 2011 at 20:51 |

    I am sure that a regular, kosher american style cookbook that uses only ingredients and baking supplies that are readily available in Israel is sorely missing from the market! I know my friends and I would all buy that! (Down with condensed milk!)

  • theeema
    27 November 2011 at 00:26 |

    I'd like a cookbook with healthy parve desserts; NO margarine! Thanks for the giveaway.

  • allison14
    27 November 2011 at 07:27 |

    I would like a cookbook on kosher stews

  • chefelissa
    27 November 2011 at 20:20 |

    I am currently studying to become a Pastry Chef and am planning to enter the Kosher world upon graduation. I have been practicing making pareve desserts that taste great and would LOVE to learn more ways to do so. I also LOVE baking bread, especially Challah! I would love to win a free copy of the cookbook so that I can learn new things and create new delicious desserts and meals for my family.

  • cappuccino
    28 November 2011 at 00:52 |

    I would love for a cookbook to come out that has loads of salad recipes. I find that's one thing I'm always looking for new recipes of.

  • dandersn
    28 November 2011 at 18:00 |

    I would like to see a diabetic Kosher cookbook.

  • SonnyJoon
    28 November 2011 at 23:38 |

    I love to see a picture for every recipe which thankfully most cookbooks have now. I would also like nutrition facts with each recipe and recipes that don't rely on processed ingredients.

  • frosting
    29 November 2011 at 17:02 |

    this cookbook sounds right up my alley! i'd love to learn all about pastries and the like! pick me please!

  • chaviegifter
    29 November 2011 at 21:08 |

    I would like a cookbook with gluten free recipes

  • 08701
    30 November 2011 at 15:44 |

    I'd love a cookbook that has lots of easy chicken bottom recipes- I can never get enough! Also a Jewish cookie/cupcake cookbook with lots of decorating ideas!

  • shoba
    30 November 2011 at 17:16 |

    I love cookbooks that are geared to the busy mom with easy-to-make recipes, universally accepted ingredients that don't scare off kids (or husbands for that matter!). Gourmet cookbooks just sit on my shelf - i need user friendly ones! Lots of photos are a huge plus too!

  • Rina
    01 December 2011 at 13:14 |

    I love cookbooks that have main dishes with low-no sugar, and lo carb, very hard to find!

  • CookMama
    01 December 2011 at 18:48 |

    To RGLevy, I too, have very picky eaters and I found the cookbook Fresh and Easy by Leah Schapira great. My boys just look through the cookbook and they find lots of recipes which they like on paper for sure. I made numerous chicken recipes and they were a big hit by their difficult standards! All the recipes are clear and easy to prepare and taste delicious.

  • auntiemus
    01 December 2011 at 21:10 |

    B"H

    I'd love to see a cookbook with pics for every recipe and ingredients that are found in every home.

  • rivkilocker
    02 December 2011 at 01:01 |

    I own so many cookbooks, I am not sure I'm missing anything! But my favorite sort is one with stories and anecdotes about each recipe. And pictures.

  • jcgeiser
    02 December 2011 at 02:42 |

    I love brisket - there's a certain recipe I learned, and it comes out just right, tender and well, words can't describe.

    • amuhlou
      09 December 2011 at 14:24 |

      me too!

  • arielle
    02 December 2011 at 16:01 |

    I love cookbooks with easy, healthy, and low fat recipes to make during the week.

  • Kat
    04 December 2011 at 02:22 |

    I'd love to win a cookbook that has nothing but Kosher recipes. I just started cooking Kosher and need A LOT of ideas!!

  • frugalandsane
    04 December 2011 at 03:35 |

    A book that would have "perfect" recipes: easy, delicious, frugal and healthy. Can you really have it all?

  • Riffy
    04 December 2011 at 12:31 |

    I would love a cookbook with pictures and pictured directions for baking.

  • lwzwick
    04 December 2011 at 17:30 |

    I would love a cookbook with healthy and easy recipes!

  • koochy
    04 December 2011 at 19:53 |

    A cookbook with precise pictures of old tradition foods from across the globe.

  • moro
    05 December 2011 at 02:27 |

    I wish I had a cookbook with menu ideas, including the recipes, for Shabbos, Jewish holidays and everyday dinners!

  • oreo20
    05 December 2011 at 18:28 |

    levana's new one (quoted here!) is definitely my new fav, but i would absolutely love a vegan kosher cookbook...

  • cay181
    05 December 2011 at 19:46 |

    I would love a cookbook of kosher breads and deserts!

  • Bert
    06 December 2011 at 02:20 |

    I'm always looking for great appetizers. A cookbook with kosher appetizers, particularly pareve ones would be perfect for me. Elegance is the key word.

  • cutegal
    07 December 2011 at 17:13 |

    I'd like a cookbook that includes low fat recipes without sugar substitutes and incorporates whole grain flour!

  • SBMom
    08 December 2011 at 19:26 |

    I would love a cookbook with easy yummy recipes, that has a picture by each one. Or step by step pictures with the recipe!

  • eralbert706
    09 December 2011 at 12:02 |

    i would love a cookbook of quick, easy and kid friendly shabbas foods that would please everyone in the family with suggested menus and pictures.

  • amuhlou
    09 December 2011 at 14:22 |

    I would love a cookbook that lays out the 'rules' for baking that will be assumed throughout the rest of the book. Does 'eggs' always mean room-temperature eggs? Does 'salt' mean table salt or kosher salt (and does it matter)? Do bread recipes assume you've 'proofed' your yeast or will it explicitly say how to do so?

  • SaraT
    11 December 2011 at 11:46 |

    I'd love for someone to write a cookbook with a wide array kosher crock-pot suppers. I always dream of putting up supper before I head to work and coming home and being able to focus on my kids and not have to worry about supper!

  • Amy
    11 December 2011 at 20:45 |

    I would like a cookbook that not only saves me time in the kitchen, but time in the grocery store, too: Recipes with FIVE OR LESS INGREDIENTS! (not including the assumed staples: salt, pepper, and oil for cooking).

  • Danahimmel
    12 December 2011 at 00:49 |

    I wish someone would write a kosher cookbook for people that don't live in New York or other big cities and therefore don't have access to every kosher ingredient, cut of meat, etc.

  • hea499
    12 December 2011 at 21:10 |

    I would LOVE a cookbook with easy, simple recipe's ( 5 ingredienst or less) that took 30 min or less & had nutrtion facts. I also would love for it to include things that were easy to shop for in a regular grocery store. I dont have easy access to a kosher butcher or other completely kosher stores.

  • LSCTeach
    14 December 2011 at 00:51 |

    I would love a cookbook which is low in calories, and low in carbs---but high in taste! And everything is easy to prepare.

  • Naomi
    15 December 2011 at 02:07 |

    I would love a cookbook for pesach that has more healthy recipes. It would be a plus if it was a totally nut free cookbook.

  • rozebush
    15 December 2011 at 17:22 |

    I would love to see a gourmet kosher cookbook aimed at diabetics.

  • malka
    15 December 2011 at 18:22 |

    I would love to have a new cookbook. I am always looking for new recipes.

  • chayala96
    15 December 2011 at 18:22 |

    I like cookbooks w/ simple & ez ingredients & directions, take fast to prepare yet look gourmet!

  • truemrshobitt
    15 December 2011 at 18:24 |

    would love a new kosher cook very hard to get where i uses to live in West Texas, gathering them up since I live in Dallas now

  • cookinmomma
    15 December 2011 at 18:31 |

    My favorite recipe is Matzo Ball Soup!!

    • cookinmomma
      15 December 2011 at 18:34 |

      I would love to have a kosher cookbook that I could use on a daily basis that not only would teach me something new as well as have easy & fast to challenging and slow recipes!!

  • Showorld
    15 December 2011 at 18:33 |

    Would love a cookbook that has fast simple easy recipes that are kid friendly, for those of us who just don't have the time to patchke with a bunch of little kids in the house.

  • AlanB
    15 December 2011 at 19:36 |

    I'd love an eclectic ethnic cookbook, with authentic recipes made kosher. I want to taste the foods of the world, but kosher of course. There is no reason why kosher cooks should be denied the flavors of the world

  • clarivka
    15 December 2011 at 19:41 |

    I want to win! I love fresh and easy recipes! ;)

  • tovager
    15 December 2011 at 21:01 |

    I wish someone wrote a cookbook of tasty yet healthy and simple recipes! maybe that's high expectations, though.

  • RC
    15 December 2011 at 21:29 |

    I would love more cookbooks with food presentation included... Food should look as pretty as it tastes - but need more ideas.

  • mlkirshner
    16 December 2011 at 01:39 |

    I would like a cookbook that shows you how to make a kugel for 2 people and also for 6. The kids have moved out, but sometimes they come home, I don't need to cook as much for shabbat, but we still need to at times.

  • Browniemom
    16 December 2011 at 01:59 |

    I would like a Kosher dietetic cookbook.

  • YehuditW
    18 December 2011 at 06:10 |

    I wish someone would write a cookbook about making beautiful relationships: with new people you meet, with relatives and family, with co-workers, with your spouse, with your children, with your community, and of course, with HKB"H.

  • CookMama
    19 December 2011 at 21:59 |

    To YehuditW, one way we can create beautiful relationships with our children, spouse and family is by cooking their favorite foods or for that matter any delicious food. Cookbooks help us with that! The way to anyone's heart is through their stomach!

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