CATEGORY

Cookbooks Review (Free Cookbook)

Written by Leah Schapira on Friday, 01 July 2011. Posted in Food News

Update: Read Leah's second cookbook roundup.

Summer is the time of the year that I set aside special time to read. Summer is about relaxing—and reading books is one of my favorite ways to chill out and immerse myself in another little world for short while.

Why only during the summer? I have a little problem called “I don’t know how to put a book down once I start.” One day, someone will come up with a shorter term for this problem. During the winter, kids must go to school, homework must get done, and if I get lost in a book, I’ll end up reading for hours and hours. Now summer is different. No buses, no rush. I can stay up reading all day and all night.

One of my favorite types of books to read are cookbooks—I feel as if I’m delving into the world of the chef. Recipes, introductions, and even the acknowledgement page tell you so much about the writer.  One other reason I love reading cookbooks is that I can put it down much faster—and I feel it’s productive.

Next time you’re heading out to the beach, you may consider taking one of these cookbooks along.

Some of my summer picks:

 

Encyclopedia of Jewish Food

 

This is our peacekeeper in the house. When the arguments start on why we eat certain Jewish foods, Gil Marks comes to the rescue. It’s a large and heavy book and definitely not something I can take to the beach.  So much information is packed into the encyclopedia that it’s definitely worth the purchase. Cultural observations, funny anecdotes, and loads of recipes fill the pages. While the Google has replaced my need to pick up a regular encyclopedia, the information in this book isn’t found anywhere.   Buy it on Amazon for the best price.

 

The New Food Processor Bible: 3Oth Anniversary Edition


Norene Gilletz is one of my favorite food people. In general when you get together with food writers, it’s always interesting and fun. When I heard that Norene’s Food Processor Bible was being reprinted, I had to get a copy in my hands.

I think the term “Bible” is perfectly apropos for use in the title. The book literally has everything you’ve ever wanted to know about using a food processor.   It’s completely updated with new recipes, tips, and ideas, variations to recipes, and the nutrition value of every single recipe!

If you don’t like using a processor, the book is still a wonderful cookbook to own with over 600 recipes. By the way—the book has 45 five star consumer reviews on Amazon. So I’m not the only one that thinks it’s worth while buy.  While it’s a thick book, my copy is soft cover so it’s really easy to hold and read while laying on a couch or bed. (I did tell you that cookbook where meant for reading while relaxing!) The only downside is that the book includes no photos.  However, I imagine if there where photos the book would be way too large and heavy to enjoy.

 

On a Stick

 

This isn’t a kosher cookbook but it’s too fun to skip.  Matt Amendariz is a food photographer and blogger. With over 80 ways to serve food on a stick, it’s the perfect hors d’oeuvres cookbook. Every single recipes has its own photograph. Not only photos—but photos that will make you hungry. If you appreciate novelty items or love fun and quirky recipes, this cookbook is for you. It might also make you want to pick up a camera and learn to shoot food.

 

Kosher Elegance

 

We’ve featured recipes from Efrat Libfroind’s Kosher Elegance, but it’s worth adding the book to our list of summer cookbook. It’s a large coffee table-style cookbook with beautiful photos on each page. This cookbook is for all kind of cooks. For those that artistic and love to spend time in the kitchen creating masterpieces—there are plenty of desserts to choose from. But—there are loads of incredible recipes such as main dishes and salads that are quick to prepare too. If you’re into the presentation of food, this is a complete guide with wonderful presentation ideas. Efrat has sprinkled in many tips and techniques in-between to help make you a better cook.

 

Plate to Pixels


This isn’t a cookbook per say, but still one of my favorite summer books that I’ve picked up.  Helen Darjelin is pastry chef turned food photographer and blogger that created the ultimate guide to food photography. The photos are beautiful and as you read the book, you feel as if you are in her studio or kitchen, photographing food with her. If you enjoy shooting food and would like to get better at it, there isn’t a better book in the market.

Would you like to win "On a Stick" ? Leave a comment and share with us your favorite cookbook. 

Social Bookmarks

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 (25)

  • ShaindyN
    01 July 2011 at 17:28 |

    My favorite cookbook for a quick meal is jamie gellers meals in minute, just open the book and supper is ready in a wink! When I have a few minutes extra to spare I use efrats new cookbook, with each recipe she wrote she also shares the hints n tips..she made it so easy to prepare something nice without worrying u wont be able to copy it

  • jilldushey
    03 July 2011 at 16:44 |

    Aromas of Aleppo is the cookbook that I live by. Everyone knows me for making all my dishes from this book. As a new syrian bride, this cookbook taught me most of what I know today!

  • Mimi
    04 July 2011 at 19:17 |

    My all time favorite cookbook is our personal collection cookbook! Another favorite of mine is the Balabusta's choice- good clear recipes...

  • TheKosherTomato
    05 July 2011 at 02:15 |

    Culinary Artistry is a great cookbook that one of my chefs gave me many years ago and I still use it to this day. It has a great reference on flavors that pair well together, things that are in season and a variety of well known chefs have contributed to the book and its recipes. I would love to win "on a stick" because I am learning every day how to photograph food and it is another passion of mine combined with cooking. :)

  • njmom
    05 July 2011 at 14:13 |

    Culinary Artistry reminded me of their second book. Flavor - its the ultimate food pairing book. I don't own it but have taken it out of the library a couple of times.

  • bestmom
    05 July 2011 at 14:33 |

    Dining In is my favorite cookbook. The recipes are clear, easy, and great for everyday use.

  • CookMama
    06 July 2011 at 02:45 |

    There are two cookbooks that I really enjoy using. For a kosher one, I keep going back to my favorite Crowning Elegance. Great pictures and recipes. As for baking I LOVE a cookbook that I bought many years ago called Great Desserts. It is designed to show you the entire range of desserts, from the simplest fresh fruit salads to the supremely elegant. All techniques are covered and it is illustrated by a step-by-step series of color photos. Truly a one of a kind cookbook. The authors are Christian Teubner and Sybil Grafin Schonfeldt.

  • breadandbutter
    06 July 2011 at 14:49 |

    Although I have stacks of cookbooks and food mags, my favorite go-to cookbook is still The Heimishe Kitchen by Nitra

  • plums
    06 July 2011 at 16:12 |

    i love love cook books. they are so entertaining adn great tools to have for balabustas like myself. my favorite cook book is spice and spirit and aristocratic fruits that teaches you art of carving fruits/veg and also includes simple recepies.

  • love2cook
    06 July 2011 at 19:54 |

    I found myself nodding my head in agreement as I read your blog. Cookbooks are my favorite hobby! I really enjoy KBD short on time. I think I have made every single recipie and each time I look at it I say "hey how come I haven't tried this one yet?" Super easy and very doable!

  • Tina
    06 July 2011 at 21:32 |

    I have a huge collection of cookbooks; my go to one is Silver Spoon-kosher cooking for the discerning palate. Absolutely love this one. Recipes are easy, tasty, and always a hit with the family. It has some nice tips too. This was done as a charity project and it is very professional. Co-authored by Leah Schapira and Devoiry Ginsberg.

  • rochelboyd
    07 July 2011 at 00:39 |

    I'm a self-professed cookbook addict. There are so many I love. One of my favorites is Crowning Elegance: A Kosher Culinary Experience. The pictures aren't great; but, the recipes never fail to impress.

  • hindyg
    08 July 2011 at 12:44 |

    I collect cookbooks. I love all kinds. My favorites are by Claudia Roden. I love that the cookbooks have a story to tell and that there are all sorts of interesting recipes.
    I also just got Aromas of Aleppo. Looking forward to cooking from it!

  • sugarspice
    11 July 2011 at 19:38 |

    I own 100+ cookbooks but find the some of the most useful ones to be Balabustas Choice, Silver Spoon & Dining In/Dining In Again. There are lots of beautiful coffee table cookbooks which are great to flip through and drool over but not easy and practical... I love them all!

  • CHEF102
    19 July 2011 at 03:47 |

    Luv the What's Cooking. Nitra cookbook is great too. The best is still my own collection. I'm still working on putting together our own family cookbook!

  • ShaindyN
    25 July 2011 at 03:29 |

    Who wo. The prize?

  • yummmyfood
    27 July 2011 at 13:50 |

    I love Spice it Right!! great recipes

  • bassy
    27 July 2011 at 13:55 |

    i love dining in and whats cooking. also kosher by design! all have great tasty and easy recipes!

  • sheina29
    27 July 2011 at 14:01 |

    The purple N'Shei cookbook....Spice and Spirit!

  • shayndya
    27 July 2011 at 14:16 |

    For Jewish food - Spice and Spirit
    For vegetables, eggs and basics - Betty Crocker!

  • ruthy
    27 July 2011 at 14:17 |

    Such interesting suggestions of worthy cookbooks. I too love cookbooks and in Toronto there is a store called The Cookbook Store on Yonge St that is wall-to-wall cookbooks and it's a really great place to visit.

    Not that I am such a tremendous fan per se but I do reference Ina Garten's cookbooks quite a lot for inspiration because the recipes are real, basic, tasty and crowd pleasing.

  • nlevin84
    27 July 2011 at 15:25 |

    best cookbook is "whats cooking"! it has all these basic easy and delicious recipes that always come out gr8! for more differant recipes that arent as simple I love the "dining in" and "dining in again"

  • sheva
    27 July 2011 at 16:11 |

    I use kids in the kitchen and quick and kosher. But I have lots of recipes from the mishpacha magazine. I love recipe books. I am always looking for new ones that are simple.

  • RochelS
    27 July 2011 at 16:33 |

    I love Quick & Kosher!! Easy to follow and good food!!

  • RC
    27 July 2011 at 18:48 |

    My favourite cookbook (that I would like to own) is kosher elegance. I like to think that I'm a good cook but love the idea of tips and ideas with the kosher consumer in mind. As for on a stick.... What could be better than fiddley bits and pieces with gorgeous pictures!

Leave a comment

Please login to leave a comment.

JJextensions Developed by JJExtensions
RADesign Designed by RADesign
zest CookKosher is a Zest Group project
best price for xbox live gold 12 month lortab 7.5 watson 385 misoprostol where buy viagra toronto order dutasteride uk does minomycin cause weight gain cheapest cordarone tablets uk what is bactrim ds prescribed for canada drugs celexa with prescription cialis sublingual generic equivalent what is zestril medication ordering imitrex here in canada medrol dose pack for sinus infection highest recommended dosage of zoloft is flonase prescription only hytrin suppliers overseas where can i buy metoclopramide in canada store prescription buy periactin online glucophage 40mg the walking dead game walkthrough drugstore where do i tadacip in mexico fucidin antibiotic ointment for acne buy cipro usa side effects of cardura xl buy nizoral online without a prescription maxaman pills where to buy xenical ointment wellbutrin withdrawal effects lasix drugs alcohol how much does alesse cost in quebec cost of viagra jelly where cane i buy clomid over the counter como comprar vytorin com desconto cialis online from canada buy omnicef next day prijs van viagra usp prednisone tablets rs where can you buy alli diet buy hyaluronic acid wholesale is claritin d prescription only domperidone spc carafate where to get lantus coupons discounts buy viagra soft 100mg online order betoptic canada floxin drug schedule free coupon for zovirax mexican pharmacy no prescription lopid buy nizoral 50 s cool revision accutane dosage recommended what is the pill protonix used for legal buy cipro online canada where to buy cheap generic retino-a cream 0,025 best depression medicine for weight loss alcohol flagyl reaction feldene uses medication revatio 20 mg prec,o buy biaxin cheap generic atarax 25mg buy tretinoin 0,05 online cheap online zyrtec india boots pharmacy online usa nexium over the counter 2010 canada order valtrex ditropan oxybutynin fallout 2 where can i buy mentats can you get exelon where to buy penegra drugs online prednisone costco can you buy kytril over the counter bond order lithium 2 buy glyset greece panax ginseng onde comprar depakote lawsuit attorney how long will orlistat take to work plavix online canada cephalexin echeck generic renagel paypal antivert uk next day delivery cheap serophene no prescription online sale of lioresal amaryl 2mg 1000mg obagi tretinoin cream side effects what does ventolin does order orlistat online canada antibiotics alcohol wait zyban canada prescription where can i order capoten where can i buy abilify in canada generic biaxin paypal himplasia max dose beconase aqueous nasal spray wiki online pharmacy oxycontin 80mg buy antabuse online india coreg for daily use canada zofran prescription information fincar price reviews on anafranil what does allegra do in the body histamine generic from tegretol generic drug name for celexa can you order propecia ociclover is generic ophthacare effective female cialis mail order india habana himalaya medicine cytoxan 5mg tablets is it illegal to buy drugs from india how to order malegra dxt thyroxine tablets weight loss pharmacy has best price promethazine yasmin drug store online buy generic cialis sublingual with bonus what does astelin treat can you buy medications clonidine online prozac and alcohol mix purchase combivent on line in the uk what is hydromorphone hydrochloride 8 mg generic silagra switzerland doxycycline lawsuit taking viagra recreational drug albenza canada head office free trial alli diet pills i pill venlor website when will there be a generic for aricept uroxatral drug interactions is mail order zyvox safe ondansetron dose for dogs robaxin mail order india when to take clomid in your cycle zenegra pill canadian medrol from china topamax tabletas 25 mg atorlip 20 price list of tesco stores selling viagra sublingual generic minipress buy canada discount lithium hypochlorite commonly prescribed medication for anxiety do i need a prescription for duetact side effects of mycelex-g thailand pharmacy online steroids how to purchase augmentin other pills like viagra how long does it take to get pregnant on dostinex canada coumadin low price coreg uk how much does generic lexapro cost at walmart amitriptyline tablets 10mg what is it for is zanaflex better than flexeril best site to buy entocort hydrochlorothiazide low cost best place to buy lamisil in india side effects of alli fincar 10 mg aceon discount cheapest maxaman order by phone buy mebendazole over the counter trusted sites for online antibiotics artane black and decker 20v lithium trimmer reviews canadian alliance of british pensioners ontario health services buy saltwater fish online australia cipla ltd pithampur where in houston can i purchase alli citrato de sildenafila 50mg pra que serve best site get emsam ocd depression and anxiety medications overnight erection packs 2 acidity viagra when to take the diet pill alli hydrea rxlist augmentin generic reviews urispas shoppers drug mart motilium for sale philippines leukeran from canada amantadina dosis adulto torsemide without prescription canada planet ayurveda weight gain pills reviews buy atarax online no prescription can i make malegra fxt baby reflux medication ranitidine propecia 100mg cheep generic tadapox no prescription pfizer viagra price in india tetrecycline for dogs canada abilify without a transcript prescription order online no prescription buy amantadine buy mobic low cheap price where do i buy indocin aricept drug store online buying lozol what does lithium react well with how to get confido in australia buy zyban online overnight doxycycline on line in the usa lotensin overnight pharmacy order eurax lowest price beat way to order arimidex when is alli back in stock in uk canadian drug stores association cheap insurance quotes tadalafil 20mg tablets januvia product monograph usa health canada toprol xl buy pariet without a script buy voveran in usa buy fosamax mg online vasodilan without insurance what happens if i mix cialis and viagra keflex in spain cheap tamoxifen 20 mg januvia user reviews cialis soft free shipping zyprexa canada pharmacy hydrochlorothiazide tablets uses get cholestoplex las vegas medicament cialis prix arimidex online in us azithromycin 500mg treatment advair diskus over the counter usa ventolin evohaler ulotka taking promethazine in pregnancy zyloprim usa cvs prices buy ditropan from india how to use trazodone for insomnia cheap car parking near liverpool airport best price caverta ventolin hfa dosage adults benicar 40mg 12.5 mg is it safe to order tretinoin 0,05 buy crestor quick proventil side effects weight gain dilantin paypal buy norvasc generic side effects of estrace can i make female viagra procardia medicine bactrim online price post cycle therapy prednisone 24 hour med store reviews periactin without script can you purchase prevacid over counter sarafem weight gain ventolin nebules 2.5 mg dosage alesse express canada champix nhs free where to purchase pyridium aldactone uk next day delivery cheapest asacol to buy asthma rescue inhalers over the counter cheap prescription needed order actos what is the usual dose for synthroid what does allegra d pill look like order levothroid 120 mg buying eurax using paypal how to get cialis professional buy ophthacare in india online zestoretic daily use reviews more than pet insurance online pharmacy no prescription birth control what does a digoxin pill look like tricor mg buy quiero comprar bactroban number of drug stores in canada purchase amoxil mg buy genuine premarin uk sustiva for sale uk what does atarax doo retin-a 0,025 generic 2013 drugs slimming tablets prescribed by doctors where to buy lexapro generic prednisone dosage for adults skin can i order online generic accutane can get allopurinol over counter generic viagra reviews forum 100mg online viagra prescriptions from doctors birth control pills liver enzymes cheapest wellbutrin sr in the uk why is there a shortage of lotensin buy atrovent nasal spray cialis professional without a script liquid relafen review lov cost rosuvastatin cialis soft overnight pharmacy comprar aceon online septilin australia pharmacy bayer aspirin low dose 81 mg tablets where can i get speman buy pulmicort hong kong without any generic cialis cheap india cheapest cleocin in the uk brand name synthroid vs generic 1 direction order betnovate online no prescription with a echeck how to order topamax purim non perscription countries lozol online pharmacy uk buy viagra in australia order abilify pill how much does baclofen cost depakote usage methotrexate toxicity signs and symptoms over the counter provera 10mg buy aciphex astrailia what is allopurinol prescribed for generic wellbutrin recall 2012 no rx lotrisone online amiloride maximum dose kamagra soft for sale philippines max daily dose of saw palmetto trazodone cost in canada misoprostol miscarriage how long what is the drug zanaflex used for what is citalopram how to get finpecia in australia buying lady era for dogs where can i buy yasmin in london buy micronase boots pharmacy generic drug for zestoretic buy trental boots pharmacy viagra en ligne achat promethazine 25 mg street price ventolin over the counter inhalers diclofenac sodium generic name blood pressure medication hyzaar side effects nexium shop how much is pletal tablets what are the side effects of xenical tablets cheap anafranil buy online zyrtec d purchase limit cialis soft buy online uk buy shatavari mg online med cab proventil cipla pharmacy ultra low dose bactrim is it safe to order zetia propecia pills hair methotrexate drug delivery buy motilium boots kaiser 24 hour pharmacy eureka rd where can i buy pletal in canada methotrexate cost per year salbutamol online purchase where to buy accutane no prescription isotretinoin hydrochlorothiazide refill pack there generic xeloda singulair canada buy what does prednisolone contain getting viagra in canada non prescription deltasone pharmacy current price fucidin propecia brand or generic how to order diltiazem how long does it take for bactrim ds to work for uti what is in aspirin tablets hong kong online drugs side effects of clomid in males imitrex coupon code buy sominex new zealand online cheap avandamet free delivery buy calcium carbonate cheap comprar geriforte portugal what does motilium buy triamterene cheap where can i buy voveran sr in canada endep india prograf discount card order nolvadex-d generic for cipro hc buy xalatan online pharmacy order exelon overnight can you buy ciplox in ireland 100mg clomid ovulation pain claritin dose for kids how to buy brand amoxil in london can i get high on atarax what is carafate slurry compare viagra prices erythromycin shelf life toxic generic uk paypal zyban how long does dostinex take to kick in buy propecia uk forum can order suhagra canada lamisil generic price clonidine tablets 0.1mg can you order astelin nasal spray online purchase atacand lowest price order lisinopril 20mg online buy isotretinoin canada costco pharmacy fluoxetine price is it safe to purchase viagra online purple pharmacy prices is generic elocon effective colchicine suppliers india donde puedo comprar ranitidine tulasi tablets from buy reglan for sale online casodex delivery uk how to take prednisone dosepak lipitor from atorvastatin drug information floxin medication best site for erythromycin pharmacy mexico amitriptyline albenza online ordering fertomid now cyklokapron costco strattera shortage generic viagras from india benzac online overnight shipping rosuvastatin next day shipping lopressor with american express dostinex prescription coupon my micardis coupons what is lasuna drugs propecia 5mg or 1 mg which is better albendazole for sale australia fast confido deleviery what can i buy over the counter that works like viagra pharmacy mexico antivert half sinemet tablets can you order confido haldol canada head office buy tricor medication oregon state football camp doxycycline hyclate solubility in water singulair sales 2011 merck tofranil online price para que sirve este medicamento sertralina original blue pill double strength ann summers review how to buy zyban in london cheap finasteride 5 mg elavil 5mg tablets phexin uk next day delivery what are the side effects of celebrex cheapest coreg tablets uk us pharmacy online flagyl er order promethazine w/codeine syrup where to buy voveran sr drugs online atrovent refill pack sinequan us companies only zithromax z-pak 250 mg oral tablet generic acai us famvir 250mg tablets cialis soft india indian pharmacy cafergot generic dramamine for sale on line cymbalta next day delivery elocon lotion reviews mail order dipyridamole online acheter terramycin alesse 21 acne buy lynoral usa fluoxetine usa pharmacy coversyl 2mg tab clonidine 0.1 mg tablet johnson and johnson motrin lawsuit discount zetia aciclovir 400 mg dosis herpes genital nolvadex for pct only medicine amitriptyline hydrochloride lexapro prescription only dapoxetine generic reviews can you buy ventolin over the counter in victoria acheter alliance net ashwagandha plant sale fluoxetine weight gain nhs buy cleocin cream does lipitor cause weight gain women buy viagra over counter singapore indian pharmacy council of india cialis professional vs regular cialis propecia india finax cheap minocycline 100mg uk version of lady era clozaril for sale usa where can i buy baytril for chickens how to by lexapro online buy etodolac dogs bystolic 5 mg tablet side effects plavix 75mg tab can we trust zocor online best place to buy avapro in canada no prescription order innopran xl view topic gyne-lotrimin spain buy luvox tablets us order neo medrol acne lotion prescription drug luvox nhs baclofen pump cipro and alcohol disfuncion erectil en hombres jovenes causas what types of zyvox are there amantadine for sale online pet drugs canada no prescription aceon from canada hcmc purple pharmacy anafranil no prescription order nizagara lowest price diclofenac 100 mg er tab innopran xl for sale philippines how to take olanzapine new medicine to take the place of coumadin half price detrol buy canada no prescription for tenormin buy furosemide mg online cialis brand online pilex generic wikipedia drugs ordering viagra by phone suprax online in canada dapoxetine india sun pharma arimidex dosages cycle buy lamictal generic lynoral billig kaufen