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Gathered around the Table
Distributed by Feldheim Publishers
A project of Netivot HaTorah Day School

This very special cookbook is from the school that published "Gatherings", one of our favorite community cookbooks ever. Our copy of Gatherings is food stained and dog-eared from frequent use. "Gathered around the Table " is the new cookbook of Netivot HaTorah Elementary School in Thornhill , Ontario. It is filled with the latest treasures from the same community, 200 contemporary kosher recipes and 100 full color photos.

Gathered Around the Table is a celebration of 21st century kosher food with an emphasis on the diversity and range of the kosher palate. Recipes are from across the globe and appropriate for everyday, Shabbos, Yom Tov or special occasions. Each recipe has been tested, and is formatted simply, with clear instructions- organized for busy cooks. We recommend this book for both beginners or for more advanced gourmet home chefs as well.

From the Netivot HaTorah Cookbook committee: "Whether sharing meals and festivals with loved ones or entertaining friends, the philosophy behind our vision is to create a library of recipes that you cherish and go back to again and again." The proceeds of Gathered around the Table will benefit the school.

Try these sample recipes:
Sweet Curry Rice
BBQ Honey Glazed Ribs
Corn Latkes


Cookbook Giveaway - 5 readers will be randomly chosen to win Gathered around the table:

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, May 11, 2015. The 5 lucky winners are: Pam Bluth, Hewlett, NY; Jeff Goldsmith, Lansdowne, VA; Chuck Sisung, Herndon, VA; Chaya Rivky Adler, Brooklyn, NY; and Esther Adler, Flushing, NY.   

If you just can't wait to see if you are the winner, you can order online here: Gathered Around the Table

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Jewish Soul Food
From Minsk to Marrakesh
by Janna Gur, Schocken Books


More than 100 Unforgettable Dishes Updated for Today's Kitchen

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Jewish Soul Food From Minsk to Marrakesh is a beautifully illustrated cookbook with over 100 authentic dishes, gathered from the Jewish diaspora. The book presents a vibrant melting pot of recipes, many of the greatest hits from the tables of our "Jewish Grandmothers", updated for the contemporary cook. ‬

‪For more than two thousand years, Jews throughout the world adapted cuisines to their needs, reflecting the influences of their neighbors and their memories from their past wanderings. However, many of these cuisines are now be on the verge of extinction, because many of these Jewish communities no longer exist. The exception to this is Israel...where there are still many cooks from  immigrant generations who know and love these dishes, and cook them regularly. "Israel has become a living laboratory for this beloved treasure of endangered Jewish food. ‬"‬‬

Janna Gur, the curator of Jewish Soul Food, is the longtime editor of Al Hashulchan, a popular food publication in Israel. A native of Riga, Latvia, she immigrated to Israel in 1974 at the age of 15.‬ She is on a mission to share precious Jewish heritage through food. She believes that the way to preserve traditional Jewish cuisine for future generations is to cook it. The diverse recipes in this collection reflect the Jewish culinary past. These are the dishes that are rooted in the Diaspora, and have been embraced by Israelis as part of the country's multicultural culinary landscape. From the author: "By cooking and serving these foods to those you love, you help to keep them alive and pass it on to the next generation". KosherEye agrees!
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Enjoy these Passover Friendly recipes for:
Beef and Potato Sofrito
Marochino - Flourless Almond Cookies


Cookbook Giveaway - 3 readers will be randomly chosen to win
Jewish Soul Food: From Minsk to Marrakesh

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, April 14, 2015. The lucky winners are Aileen Goldstein, Rockville, MD, Denise Morse, Burbank, CA, and Judith King, Pompano Beach, Fl.

If you just can't wait to see if you are the winner, you can order online here: Jewish Soul Food: From Minsk to Marrakesh

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Spiritual Kneading through the Jewish Months
Building the Sacred through Challah
By Dahlia Abraham-Klein, Shamashi Publishers

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Challah, we love it because of tradition, we eat it because it is delicious and we make it because it is a mitzvah, a spiritual connection to G-d, especially for Jewish women. The time we spend kneading challah is a sacred time.

From Dahlia Abraham Klein: "Every week before Shabbat in the sanctuary of observant Jewish homes, we are graced with a special capacity to meditate and to converse with God while kneading dough to make challah. The kneading is an action meditation, best understood as the performance of commandments and rituals. While meditatively kneading, you can clear the mind for a holy intention and open the channel as a springboard to reach G-d."

Spiritual Kneading though the Jewish Months presents a collection of challah recipes, Jewish spiritual insights, and Torah study as it relates to each Jewish month, specifically Rosh Chodesh, the new month. The purpose of the book is to enhance women's spiritual growth via the tradition of challah baking--while meditating on and learning about the Jewish theme of the month. The book gives an extensive history of Rosh Chodesh, the renewal of the moon, and why it's traditionally been a woman's holiday and a time to knead challah in the quiet of one's own home or even better, as part of a group. It covers all twelve months of the Jewish year, with specific Torah text for each month, as well as a challah recipe that relates the Torah theme of that month. Spiritual Kneading integrates body and soul, the ethereal and the physical. We found it inspiring, meaningful, elevating . . .  and yes, delicious.

Each Jewish month includes a meditation to accompany the kneading of the dough -- along with sources, ideas, and questions to consider for one's own personal spiritual growth or to be discussed in a group while the challah dough is rising. Spiritual Kneading provides a yearlong journey-- a meaningful experience, whether done alone at home, or accompanied by others, while lovingly shaping the physical dough. It is a beautiful collection of sacred thoughts and recipes, and should have a treasured place in the Jewish home.

Try Dahlia Abraham-Klein's basic challah recipe:
Basic Challah Recipe with Dry Yeast

Cookbook Giveaway - A reader will be randomly chosen to win Spiritual Kneading through the Jewish Months 

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, March, 10, 2015.   The lucky winner is Susan Sharf, Denver, CO.

If you just can't wait to see if you are the winner, you can order online here:  Spiritual Kneading through the Jewish Months: Building the Sacred through Challah

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The New Passover Menu
by Paula Shoyer, Sterling Epicure Publishing

h_shoyerpaula_350wHow we love Paula Shoyer's new cookbook – which is a culinary celebration of Passover, a joyous collection of creative holiday recipes. In her 3rd publication Paula, who is known for her expert baking repertoire, shares innovative recipes to help every level of cook shine and succeed in the Passover kitchen. Her recipes, some updated traditional favorites, along with some new creations, are all a celebration of Passover cooking.

The New Passover Menu presents 65 globally inspired recipes for the Seders and all eight days. We read the book cover-to-cover and enjoyed Paula's nostalgic family memories, while we learned from her chef's tips, cooking advice and shortcuts. (Did you know that in lieu of flour you could dredge meat with potato starch or matzo cake meal before browning?) We've already gone shopping for ingredients to make some of her dishes. The recipes are easy to follow, and well organized.

The recipes are varied. Some are re-invented Shoyer family favorites, some are classics, and some are new. All have been re-imagined and presented with a chef's gourmet touch, and fabulous photographs. We can't wait to get our Passover ovens revved up for: Frittata with Broccoli and Leeks, Peruvian Roast Chicken with Salsa Verde, Moroccan Spiced Short Ribs, and Sweet Potato Tzimmis. There are also fifteen of her famous desserts (many gluten-free), including Opera Cake and Triple Chocolate Biscotti. YUMM!

Another reason we like this book, although all of the recipes are Passover friendly, some will likely become year round staples. The New Passover Menu by Paula Shoyer is a KosherEye gift yourself, gift others selection.

Try these recipes from The New Passover Menu:
Garlic-Marinated Steak with Onion Jam
Ratatouille

Paula Shoyer is the author of The Holiday Kosher Baker (Sterling 2013) and The Kosher Baker: (Brandeis 2010) and is a contributing editor to several publications. Paula graduated from the Ritz Escoffier pastry program in Paris, and now teaches French and Jewish baking classes in the Washington, DC area and conducts baking demonstrations around the world. She has appeared on Food Network's Sweet Genius and is a frequent TV news show guest. Visit Paula at her website paulaspastry.com.

Cookbook Giveaway - A reader will be randomly chosen to win The New Passover Menu  

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, March, 23, 2015.   Enter to win below:

If you just can't wait to see if you are the winner, you can order online here: The New Passover Menu

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Plenty More
By Yotam Ottolenghi Copyright 2014 Ten Speed Press
an imprint of Random House LLC
Photography by Jonathan Lovekin

Yotam Ottolenghi is an inventor – a food innovator. His flavors, ingredient combinations and food visions are new, fresh and simply sensational. His strokes are like food artistry, but without pretension.

In Plenty More, Ottolenghi picks up where he left off in Plenty, and expands even further into the ever-widening world of vegetables, grains and legumes, while he explores and enhances his dishes with new and unexpected herbs and spices. He shares cooking tips and techniques and imparts creative methods for preparing his most-loved ingredients. Once again, Ottolenghi provides a cookbook masterpiece, a tribute and guide to vegetarian cookery. The gorgeous photography and recipes go hand in hand.

If you are looking for a cookbook with few ingredients for each recipe, or as we say, not a patchke, this book is not for you. However if you are interested in a spectacular, delicious guide to  vegetarian dishes, although they may take some effort, preparing them will be worth your time. Plenty More is both a beautiful and brilliant cookbook!

Yotam Ottolenghi is an admired and accomplished chef who grew up in Jerusalem. He now lives in London. This is Ottolenghi's third book. His first, the popular cookbook "Plenty," was focused on creative vegetarian cooking. His second "Jerusalem" interpreted the legendary flavors and foods of its namesake city

Here are 2 recipes from Plenty More:
Cauliflower Cake
Honey-Roasted Carrots with Tahini

Cookbook Giveaway - A reader will be randomly chosen to win:
Plenty More: Vibrant Vegetable Cooking from London’s Ottolenghi

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, February, 24, 2015.  The lucky winner is Natalie Cartledge, Aurora, CO.

If you just can't wait to see if you are the winner, you can order this and other Ottolenghi cookbooks online here:

○ Plenty More: Vibrant Vegetable Cooking from London's Ottolenghi
○ Plenty: Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London's Ottolenghi
○ Jerusalem: A Cookbook
○ Ottolenghi: The Cookbook

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