Kosher cooking may seem difficult and time consuming. These two cookbooks offer those who want fresh kosher food options that are quick and easy to prepare. Susie Fishbein’s popular Kosher By Design series proves that kosher cuisine can be elegant and cosmopolitan. Her newest volume gives busy cooks a diverse group of recipes that can be prepared in advance using a slow cooker or pulled together quickly from ingredients on hand and/or leftovers. With Asian, Mexican, Moroccan, and Middle Eastern dishes, this book has an international scope. With choices such as hoisinglazed turkey timbales, phyllo confetti halibut, and black cherry crumble bars, readers will create delicious meals. Ms. Fishbein includes ideas for table decorations for an added elegant touch.
Talk of the Table also offers simple recipes, from the parents of children at an Israeli school. These range from homemade delights such as vegetarian chopped liver and apple kugel to onion quiche from the Little Jerusalem Restaurant and gnocchi in cream sauce from Sofia at the Inbal Hotel. They represent the diversity of Israel’s population, originating from Iraq, Morocco, Europe, and the Americas. The book includes measurement and temperature conversion tables.
Both books offer fresh ideas for kosher cooks. They will be popular choices for public and synagogue libraries as well as home collections.