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Something Sweet
Dessert, Baked Goods and Treats for Every Occasion
by Miriam Pascal - Artscroll Mesorah Publishers

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How sweet it is! Miriam Pascal a talented baker, cook, and photographer has shared pages and pages of delectable desserts in her first cookbook, Something Sweet. Each recipe is easy to follow, made with accessible ingredients, beautifully photographed, and perfect for the home cook.

The book is a reflection of the abilities of the author, who has been dubbed the “queen of kosher desserts”. It is our pleasure to consider Miriam a friend and a colleague. She is knowledgeable, approachable, creative and modest about her many talents. Her food blog overtimecook.com was started as a hobby, but because of its delicious and user-friendly recipes, it now attracts hundreds of thousands of engaged readers each month. The popularity of her blog and her passion for cooking and baking has led her to share her favorite desserts and write this debut cookbook.

With this book as a guide, if you want to bake or create dessert, you can. Each recipe offers tips on how to plan ahead; whether the dessert can be made ahead and frozen; along with beautiful photos of each creation. Miriam did all of her own photography and provides a full-color, quite spectacular photo for each recipe.

We recommend this book for a beginner, or experienced home cook who wants to expand a dessert repertoire. We think that it makes a fabulous gift for a bride to be as well. Something Sweet is a KosherEye “ gift yourself or gift others” selection.

Try these scrumptious recipes for
Pumpkin Crumb Cake
Hot Gooey Caramel Pie

Cookbook Giveaway - One lucky reader will be randomly chosen to win the cookbook Something Sweet 

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 ended on December 1, 2015. The lucky winner is Jody Rubin, St. Louis, MO.

If you just can't wait to see if you are the winner, you can order this cookbook online here: Something Sweet by Miriam Pascal

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A Jewish Baker’s Pastry Secrets
Recipes from a New York Baking Legend
for Strudel, Stollen, Danishes, Puff Pastry, and More

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by George Greenstein, with Elaine Greenstein, Julia Greenstein and Isaaac Bleicher
Penguin Random Press

Recipes for strudel, coffee cake, danish, stollen and many delicious European pastries can be found in this mouthwatering collection of classics.

Several years ago we covered George Greenstein’s James Beard award-winning book The Secrets of a Jewish Baker. At that time we thought that George Greenstein had shared his entire repertoire. Absolutely not. Even though, he is no longer with us, his daughters Elaine and Julia have gathered his pastry specialties to share.
George Greenstein was a third generation professional baker who owned and ran a Jewish Bakery, The Cheesecake King on Long island. He passed away in 2012. Baking is most definitely the multigenerational Greenstein family business.

For anyone that wants to make authentic European pastries, Greenstein’s methods, techniques and recipes are the ultimate go to guide. He provides the “building blocks” for classic pastries. His tips for ingredients and equipment are shared, along with baker’s secrets. As I read through the book, it stirred memories of the aromas of traditional bakeries. (Both my father and grandfather worked in a bakery for a portion of their lives.) These pastries are to be savored, shared, created and served with love.

So, I am heading to the oven with recipes from George Greenstein.- planning to make cheese danish to start. We are sharing the recipes so you can bake along with us….The book offers 200 recipes, and we are glad that they are secret no longer. This collection is perfect for the advanced baker, along with the passionate beginner. In danish baking, I consider myself in the latter category. Wish me luck!

Click here to view George Greenstein's recipe for Cheese Danish

 

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This giveaway ended at 11:59PM, November 1, 2015.The lucky winners are Stephanie Rabeau, Miami, FL; Joan Kubes, Stanton, NE; and Betty Pearlman, Far Rockaway, NU.   Enter to win below:

If you just can't wait to see if you are the winner, you can order this cookbook online here: A Jewish Baker's Pastry Secrets

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My Broken Brain and
the Meals that Brought Me Home

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by Jessica Fechtor, Published by Avery, an imprint of Penguin Random House

Stir is a moving, personal story with recipes. Jess Fechtor was a seemingly fit, healthy, and happily married 28-year-old working on a Harvard doctorate dissertation. Then one day everything changed. On a routine fitness run, an aneurysm burst in her brain. She became a patient in an ICU, endured several return hospital visits, and had to work her way back to health, and to find a normal life again. The memoir takes us through her road back, the many setbacks she faced, and her eventual recuperation, along with the recipes and cooking which helped her heal.

This book was an emotional journey for us. Each page shared Jess’ challenges. Yes everyone has challenges in life; some more intense and unexpected, some chronic and long-lasting. Particularly touching was her journey to physical and emotional healing through food, the kitchen, and the unwavering support and encouragement lovingly offered by her family and friends.

We found the memoir inspiring, and the recipes that we have tried, delicious. We are cooking our way through the book and sharing one of Jessica’s favorites: Marcella’s Butter Almond Cake. Scrumptious.

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the cookbook stir 

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This giveaway ended at 11:59PM, August 30, 2015.   The lucky winners are: Vicki Newell, Webster, FL; Elana Lederman, Silver Spring, MD; and Ayelet Seed, Vestal, NY.

If you just can't wait to see if you are the winner, you can order online here: Stir: My Broken Brain and the Meals That Brought Me Home

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By Kim Kushner, Weldon Owen Publisher

The New Kosher is a bright, beautiful book, filled with irresistible contemporary recipes. And, the photography by Kate Sears brings each recipe to life.
In this, her second book, Kim Kushner shares a collection of easy to make and easy to source dishes with fresh flavors and wholesome ingredients in mind. The recipes are both weekday and party friendly, and many are perfect for holiday celebrations. Her food perspectives are demonstrated in the cookbook—fresh, healthy, seasonal and local.

We tried her 3 ingredient homemade pita chips with za’atar and her 5-minute sun dried tomato hummus.. Easy and scrumptious.

How we loved the one pot chicken soup with seasonal vegetables. The addition of yams and fennel make this soup unique. But as Kim says, use what you have!
Each recipe in this cookbook inspires the reader to shop and cook! We plan to include some of Kim’s dishes in our Yom Tov repertoire.

Author Kim Kushner comes from a large family. Her Moroccan-born mother was raised in Israel, in a family of eight siblings. While spending childhood summers in Israel with her extended family, Kim learned to cook by eating, and helping to prepare family feasts.

She pursued her interest in food preparation by studying at the Institute of Culinary Education in Manhattan. She then worked at Food & Wine and Chile Pepper magazines, creating recipes for subscribers to try at home.
Kim continues to study and teach cooking. Her theory: anyone can cook, and everyone should cook. What a wonderful gift for yourself or a friend. Just as in her previous book, The Modern Menu, The New Kosher is one of those cookbooks that would be comfortable in any kitchen, kosher or not.

Try these recipes from The New Kosher:
Homemade Pita Chips with Za'atar
5-Minute Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus
One-Pot Chicken Soup with Seasonal Vegetables

Cookbook Giveaway - A reader will be randomly chosen to win "The New Kosher". 

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 ended at 11:59PM, September 16, 2015.  The lucky winners are Zack Eisner, Miami Beach, Fl; and Ann Pernikoff, Brooklyn, NY.
If you just can't wait to see if you are the winner (or just want to buy the book, you can order online here:The New Kosher

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Audrey at Home (GIVEAWAY)

Audrey at Home
Memories of my Mother’s Kitchen

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By Luca Dotti with Luigi Spinola
Harper Design/Harper Collins Publishers

In this beautifully written book, Luca Dotti presents an intimate biography of his beloved mother, the woman we knew as the famed actress Audrey Hepburn. We all remember this elegant lady – but Luca did not admire her for her work, her clothing, or her celebrity, he admired his beloved mother for their close, warm, loving at home relationship. And where better than to focus a book of memories, than in the family kitchen.

Luca offers a “kitchen table biography” sharing intimate recollections, photos, thoughts and tastes of what it meant to grow up with Audrey, the values she imparted to him, their family life, and their global travels. He presents a selection of recipes –which he feels portrays her life and personality: “the pasta she brought along in her suitcase when she traveled, the ice cream she devoured on afternoons spent with best friends, and everything edible she could bring forth from her beloved garden.”

We learn that Audrey suffered loss and starvation as a child during WWII, and she spent her life intent to restore what she had lost…home, family and security. Her family was part of the resistance, and the Nazi occupiers rationed food to punish the people. Audrey recalled eating nettles, boiled grass and tulips and was almost in a complete state of infection and starvation when the liberators arrived and the war ended. At one point she was no longer able to stand. and suffered from edema and anemia.

For us, the most moving part of this story was Audrey’s words about The Diary of Anne Frank. When she herself read the book she said, ”That child had written a complete account of what I had experienced and felt”. The difference was that she remained inside, and I could be outside. When reading the diary, Audrey found a reference to the execution of her uncle Otto, one of the first civilians murdered by the Germans. She recalled, “When I would go to the train station, there were cattle cars packed with Jewish families, old people, children. We did not yet know that they were traveling to their deaths. People said they were going to the “countryside”. It was very difficult to understand, for I was a child. All the nightmares of my life are mixed in with those images”.

So dear readers, this is not just a book of recipes, though it has some outstanding ones; nor simply a book about a glamorous, iconic movie star. It is a book filled with history, humor, sadness, terror, love, laughter, and treasured heirloom family foods. Join Audrey, her family and her close friends at their kitchen table.

The author, Audrey Hepburn’s son Luca Dotti, lives in Rome with his wife and 3 children.

Try these recipes from Audrey at Home:
Spaghetti Al Pomodoro
Chocolate Cake with Whipped Cream

 

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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 ended at 11:59PM, August 11, 2015.   The lucky winners are: Etti Shapiro, Hollywood, FL; Judith King, Pompano, FL; and Didi Schwab, Cleveland Heights, OH.

If you just can't wait to see if you are the winner, you can order online here: Audrey at Home: Memories of My Mother's Kitchen

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