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King Solomon’s Table: A Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking from Around the World
by Joan Nathan, Alfred A. Knopf, Publisher

King Solomon’s Table is a culinary milestone. It is a book that that travels the world with its readers, and explores foods from ancient and biblical tables through stories, recipes, memories and historical facts. Joan Nathan has been gathering cultural and culinary gems for many decades. In our opinion this book is a culmination of her work.

A note from the publisher:
“King Solomon’s Table is a compendium of Jewish recipes from around the globe and across the ages. Driven by a passion for discovery, the biblical King Solomon is said to have sent emissaries on land and sea to all corners of the ancient world, initiating a mass cross-pollination of culinary cultures that continues to bear fruit today. With Solomon’s appetites and explorations in mind, Joan Nathan gathers together more than 170 recipes, from Israel to Italy to India and beyond.”

In her four-decade career, Joan has traveled the world searching for the roots of Jewish food, testing and tasting, uncovering ingredient origins and recipes. She has visited in the homes and kitchens of Jewish communities, seeking personal stories and memories about food, tradition and family. Her research has uncovered and clarified Jewish wanderings, and showcased the diversity and rich origins of Jewish cuisine.

As in all cookbooks, the recipes are at the forefront—and the ones in this book are enticing and happily, surprisingly easily do-able. The accompanying photographs are beautiful as well. Travel the world with Joan as she shares recipes to tempt an adventurous global palate. Dishes include such traditional treasures as Yemenite Chicken Soup, Greek Bourekas, Israeli Smoky Shakshuka, Baghdadi Chicken with Rice, Roman Ricotta Cheese Torte…She presents 170 recipes – biblical, historical and global. The foods are sourced from her worldwide food journeys from India to France, from Italy to Mexico, from El Salvador to Israel and, of course, all across North America,
In addition to recipes, this cookbook offers a breathtaking Jewish culinary history. It is reflective of the work of our friend, the late Gil Marks, a noted award-winning Jewish food scholar, who we are certain would have applauded King Solomon’s Table for its personal, approachable and informative culinary narrative and its expansive historical scope. Kudos to Joan Nathan! King Solomon’s Table is a KosherEye “gift yourself and gift others” selection –an important and significant addition to any culinary library.

Try these recipes for: Hummus with Preserved Lemon and Cumin and Keftes Garaz, Syrian Meatballs with Cherries and Tamarind

Cookbook Giveaway - 3 readers will be randomly chosen to win the King Solomon's Table Cookbook 

Giveaway limited to continental U.S. only. If not living in continental U.S, you can still enter and, if selected, "gift" your prize to a continental U.S. friend or relative. The winner will be notified by email. Once notified, the winner must respond within 48 hours or the prize will be awarded to the runner-up.

This giveaway ends at 11:59PM, May 19, 2017.   Enter to win below. If you just can't wait to see if you are the winner, you can order this cookbook online here: King Solomon's Table: A Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking from Around the World

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Perfect for Pesach by Naomi Nachman

Passover recipes you’ll want to make all year
Artscroll Shaar Press

We have the pleasure of calling Naomi Nachman a special colleague and a foodie friend. She is creative, energetic and a talented chef. When you are in a room with Naomi, her enthusiasm, love of cooking, and her personality shine. We found the same in her wonderful debut cookbook, Perfect for Pesach. Naomi's  expertise and culinary passion light up the pages of this delicious Passover cookbook.

In this, her debut cookbook, Naomi shares some of her popular recipes from over two decades of cooking and catering for Passover. The recipes are contemporary, Passover friendly of course, but also appealing for serving year round. She has enticed us with unique recipes for Hawaiian Poke, pastrami meatballs, charoset salad, rocky road fudge, Seder pot roast and many more..

Perfect for Pesach guides the reader on how to create gourmet, do-able and innovative meals for the Passover table. Naomi says. “My goal is to help home cooks prepare delicious meals without making the process too complicated or exhausting”. I want you to be as excited about cooking for Pesach as I am. These recipes are so delicious, your family and friends will be asking for them all year long.”

The book presents 125 recipes, beautifully photographed by blogger and cookbook author, Miriam Pascal. Perfect for Pesach also provides freezer and make ahead advice, kitchen equipment recommendations and cooking tips from Naomi’s years of professional experience.

We highly recommend this book as a KosherEye “gift yourself or gift others” holiday selection. What a “Perfect for Pesach” gift for your Passover host or your cookbook library.
And, one more thing…Congrats Naomi, we’re proud of you!

About Naomi Nachman...
Naomi grew up in Australia where her cooking was inspired alongside her mother and grandmother. As an adult, she started her own kosher personal chef business, The Aussie Gourmet, to provide weekday, Shabbat, and Yom Tov meals for families within Long Island’s Five Towns, and beyond. In 2007, she used her culinary expertise to develop a groundbreaking Culinary Arts program at Camp Dina in the Poconos. She is currently the director of the Culinary Arts Recreational Program for VIP-Ram’s Pesach program in Florida. Naomi is sought after for cooking demonstrations, and producer of kosher cooking competitions across the globe. She also hosts a weekly show, Table for Two with Naomi Nachman on the Nachum Segal Network, and she writes a monthly magazine column for Mishpacha Magazine. Whew, quite a schedule!

Try these sample recipes for
Coke Chicken
Betty’s Fruit Sorbet

 

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This giveaway ends at 11:59PM, MM DD, 2016.   Enter to win below:

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By Daniella Silver
with Tips and Techniques by Norene Gilletz

The second volume of The Silver Platter once again reflects its name, it sparkles! The book's author, Daniella Silver follows her previous bestseller with this volume of 160 new and contemporary recipes along with some delicious updates on classics. Each recipe is simple to create and paired with gorgeous photos. Working closely with bestselling cookbook author and food luminary Norene Gilletz, Daniella creates dishes that are a delight to prepare, to serve, and, of course, to eat.

The Silver Platter-Simple Elegance features recipes for every occasion; from weeknight suppers to Shabbos meals to holiday celebrations. The book shares dishes with accessible ingredients and easy to follow directions. The author instructs readers as to which recipes can be frozen; which are gluten free and which are Passover friendly. We particularly like "Norene's notes", tidbits of advice offering tips, techniques, well seasoned culinary experience and cooking wisdom. Stunning photos accompany each recipe, and for those health minded cooks, there is a detailed nutritional analysis at the back of the book..

As we've shared previously, "Daniella and Norene are quite a match - or as is said in yiddish, make quite a shidduch!  Daniella has an extraordinary sense of color, style and presentation, while Norene possesses a wealth of understanding. experience and knowledge of kosher cooking methods.  Bring them together, and it's like having two gourmet chefs with you in your kitchen!"

From Norene: When I first met Daniella and saw her passion and commitment, I was very excited about helping her achieve her goal of writing her own cookbook. Daniella reminded me of myself when I was her age. Daniella and I make a perfect partnership as a writing team because we each have unique strengths that merge together, resulting in one clear vision. Working with Daniella was an opportunity to use my culinary wisdom and knowledge in a productive way, making a difference for future generations.

From Daniella: After discussing the concept of a cookbook with my family, I decided to explore possibilities. I phoned Norene Gilletz a well-known local author who had published nine successful cookbooks. Both my mother and grandmother used Norene's book Second Helpings Please! as a staple in their kitchens. My heart raced as I dialed Norene's number. I thought what will she say? What I didn't know was that despite her hugely successful career, Norene is a down to earth friendly person, generous with her time and advice. It was the coming together of 2 generations- A Match Made in Heaven"...A labor of love, which took 2 years. And, now we have the second volume! 

Enjoy these sample recipes from The Silver Platter, Simple Elegance:
Thick & Hearty Split Pea Soup 
Stuffed Beef Cannelloni

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This giveaway has ended. The winner is  Brittany Laikin, Redondo Beach, California 

Order online here: Silver Platter - Simple Elegance: Effortless Recipes with Sophisticated Results

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By Ina Garten, Clarkson Potter Publishers

We are unabashedly members of the Ina Garten fan club. We admire her on many levels. After working at the White House office of Management and Budget, in itself a coveted position, she followed her culinary passion and In 1978 she changed career tracks and entered the food world as a gourmet caterer and retailer. Ina purchased The Barefoot Contessa specialty food store in the Hamptons, NY. We watched as she became a celebrity, Food Network star, and cookbook author. But even more than her gracious personality as she shares recipes and entertaining tips, we enjoy her warmth and enthusiasm especially when focused on her husband Jeffrey. Ina and Jeffrey have been, married since 1968, seem to have an ongoing love affair and supportive relationship.

So who is Jeffrey? To Ina’s fans (hand-raised) he needs no introduction. He is her cooking inspiration. His smiling face is often seen on her TV show, and he is a focus of recipes in her books. "Cooking is more gratifying and, frankly, more fun when I’m cooking for people I love" Ina writes in the introduction; "and for more than 40 years, my most constant and appreciative audience has been my sweet husband, Jeffrey."  Her newest cookbook Cooking for Jeffrey  is a love letter to her husband. She shares dishes he enjoys, and connects many of the recipes to experiences the two have shared. In Ina’s words in the introduction “For Jeffrey, who makes everything possible."

This is Ina’s 10th cookbook. Ina is self taught when it comes to cooking. With no formal training, her success is based upon teaching herself culinary techniques and studying cooking icons such as Julia Child. The recipes in Cooking for Jeffrey are from Ina with love; simple to follow, creative, elegant, stylish, informative and entertaining. They are written for beginner or advanced cooks. Although we are not there in person, Ina makes us feel welcome in her kitchen, in her home, and in her life with Jeffrey.

KosherEye Notes:
 We love, love, love this cookbook, even though the kosher cook will definitely need to make ingredient substitutions. Be aware that you will have to be flexible and creative to maintain kashrut, but don't hesitate to consider adding this book to your library or to your cookbook gift list. The photographs provide a feast for the eyes, and the recipes will provide a feast for the guests.

Enjoy these sample recipes for
Parmesan Roasted Zucchini
Skillet Roasted Lemon Chicken

Cookbook Giveaway - 3 readers will be randomly chosen to win Cooking for Jeffrey 

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This giveaway ended at 11:59PM EST, March 8, 2017. 

If you just can't wait to see if you are the winner, you can order this cookbook online here: Cooking for Jeffrey: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook

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Our Table – Time Tested Recipes, Memorable Meals by Renee Muller 
Artscroll Publishers

Renee Muller was raised in Switzerland’s Lake Lugano area, where she learned to cook Northern Italian specialties with an emphasis on fresh, simple and flavorful recipes. The Table is an absolutely stunning cookbook, and a reflection of her cooking style. Professionally, Renee Muller was a popular food columnist and stylist for Whisk, Ami Magazine’s food publication. In addition to food, she also styles lifestyle photography for her clients in the fashion, housewares, and the jewelry industries.

In her new book, Our Table, the author shares 100 of her family's favorite dishes, each vividly presented with a full-color photo.
The recipes are crafted from common ingredients, time-tested, and appropriate for every day and special occasions.
We also enjoyed her accompanying personal recollections, food descriptions, culinary wisdom and plating advice. It’s one of those cookbooks that can easily be read cover to cover—“on the couch or in the kitchen”.
We agree with the buzz “The advice in Our Table can turn good food into great food”. Renee lives in Lakewood NJ with her husband and children.

Enjoy these two recipes from Our Table:
Flourless Mousse Cake
Lattice Minute Roast

Winners Cookbook Giveaway: Our Table by Renee Muller
The winners of this giveaway are Caryl Lee, Seattle, Washington and Clarice Itshakov, Flushing, NY
If you can't wait to see if you've won Our Table, you may buy this cookbook by clicking here: Our Table: Time-Tested Recipes, Memorable Meals

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