Fresh & Easy Kosher Cook­ing: Ordi­nary Ingre­di­ents, Extra­or­di­nary Meals

Leah Schapi­ra
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By – January 11, 2012

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. 

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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