The New Kosher: Sim­ple Recipes to Savor and Share

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By – May 20, 2015

The New Kosher is a down-to-earth cook­book by a chef who is all about pro­duc­ing deli­cious­ness in her cozy kitchen. Her intro­duc­tion warms the heart of the read­er who will find these recipes rel­a­tive­ly sim­ple, adapt­able and acces­si­ble, suit­able for any­one — kosher or not — and includ­ing pareve, dairy and meat dishes.

Kim’s recipes are tried and true, many requir­ing few­er than 6 ingre­di­ents. Her stat­ed goal is not per­fec­tion, but rather com­fort and love in every bite of the fam­i­ly din­ing expe­ri­ence. She ful­ly under­stands the lifestyle of the busy mom and often works with what­ev­er ingre­di­ents hap­pen to be at hand. The recipes are head­ed by Kim’s Essen­tials,” the author’s go-to foods which she always has ready to munch on in her own home. These are fol­lowed by 8 more chap­ters: But­ter & Brunch, Soups & Dips, More Than Sal­ad, From the Sea, All About Chick­en, Beef and Brawn, Grains, Veg­eta­bles & Sides, Favorite Sweets, and an Index.

Some of my favorites are the recipes for dark choco­late, coconut & olive oil gra­nola; home­made pita chips with za’atar; one-pot chick­en soup with sea­son­al veg­eta­bles; spinach and feta quiche with heir­loom toma­toes; lazy but crispy fish; grilled fish with dill-yogurt sauce; crispy smashed za’atar pota­toes; and crunchy-chewy-nut­ty health” cook­ies, to name a few. There are plen­ty of chick­en and beef recipes as well, easy to make and share with your loved ones.

Kim believes shar­ing meals is one of the great­est plea­sures in life, and so much bet­ter when the chef can relax and enjoy them as well. The pho­tog­ra­phy by Kate Sears is yum­my, too!

Miri­am Brad­man Abra­hams is a Cuban-born, Brook­lyn-raised, Long Island-resid­ing mom. She is Hadas­sah Nas­sau’s One Region One Book chair­la­dy, a free­lance essay­ist, and a cer­ti­fied yoga instruc­tor who has loved review­ing books for the JBC for the past ten years.

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