Leah Schapira was a picky eater as a child. Then her mother taught her to cook, unleashing a lifelong interest in food. In this cookbook, she offers readers uncomplicated but tasty recipes using ingredients that most people have on hand in their pantry. All are labeled meat, dairy, or pareve. She includes menu ideas for holidays and other special occasions and offers suggestions for dishes that go well together. Each recipe has clear instructions and a full-page color photograph of the dish. Warm sweet potato salad, Sriracha Thai noodles, honey mustard chicken, and lazy man’s cholent are among the dishes featured. Although the author uses soup mixes, frozen vegetables, and heavy cream in her recipes, those who prefer fresh food and fewer calories will find a way to substitute. This is a good book for those new to kosher cooking because it points out that one can observe kashrut easily and create interesting food while doing so.
Fresh & Easy Kosher Cooking: Ordinary Ingredients, Extraordinary Meals
Barbara M. Bibel is a librarian at the Oakland Public Library in Oakland, CA; and at Congregation Netivot Shalom, Berkeley, CA.
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