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By Aviva Kanoff

Described as the "Indiana Jones" of kosher cooking, Aviva Kanoff is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute and has spent years as a personal chef. She is an adventurer, and she travels the world searching for food and art. She is also an avid photographer, a painter and a creative cook. According to her publicist, "I have worked with Aviva for a few years now and she often responds to my emails with a brief "I will be in Vietnam soon" or a request to reschedule an interview since she is "planning some time in Spain. . ." Aviva's cookbooks are gluten free and kosher but they present recipes far from the usual fare. She is passionate about sharing her food discoveries.

Gluten Free Around the World is her 2nd cookbook. (Her first was the award-winning No Potato Passover.) The recipes are global — and they take us on an exotic culinary journey to distant lands. Along with spectacular photos, she recreates and shares recipes from destinations such as Ecuador, India, Cambodia, Thailand, Morocco, France, Ireland, Croatia, Israel and more. Join her in her gluten free travels and explore new cultures as she replicates authentic tastes and flavors from around the world.

Enjoy these sample recipes:
Beef Tacos - Ecuador
Baby Bok Choy with Garlic & Ginger - Vietnam
Moroccan Chicken - Morocco

Cookbook Giveaway - A winner will be randomly chosen to win: Gluten Free Around the World

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This giveaway ended at 11:59PM, January 25, 2015. The lucky winner is Caroline Castillo, Alburquerque, NB

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Secret Restaurant Recipes
from the World's Top Kosher Restaurants
By Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek
Artscroll/Mesorah Publications


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Another "can't put it down" cookbook from the pair we all have grown to love and admire, Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek. This time, they have taken us behind the scenes in some of the world's best kosher restaurants and shared some techniques, tricks and amazing recipes from internationally acclaimed chefs. Each recipe is recreated for the home cook, and accompanied by a full color photo.

Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek are co-authors of the popular "Made Easy" cookbook series. Leah is a self-taught cook, and co-founder of Cookkosher.com. Victoria is a busy journalist and managing editor of Whisk published weekly by Ami magazine. They have once again put the "wow" into a cookbook publication. The recipes are globally sourced –New York, Chicago, LA, Boston, Canada, Phoenix, Philadelphia, Mexico, Italy, Panama and Israel. There are 288 pages, 65 restaurants and 80 recipes to devour. Each has been adapted to accommodate and inspire a home cook, accompanied by ingredient and technique explanations, and even pantry product advice. (They have inspired us! We are going to finally relent and buy the pricey but "magical" ingredient- truffle oil.)

As we have shared before, Leah and Victoria, seem to have boundless energy, evident in their creative, contemporary, and diverse cookbooks.

We asked Leah and Victoria: Was it difficult and time consuming to motivate so many chefs to share their recipes?

V: If it were easy, someone would have done this a long time ago! The difficult part wasn't convincing them...for the most part, restaurants are happy to be part of a project like this. The difficult part was getting them to actually sit and write the recipes down. Chefs aren't the type of people who are in front of the computer. Let's just say we were extremely persistent. No one was able to forget about us for too long.

L: I think the American Chinese recipes we received were the hardest to understand, probably because the chefs don't speak English, or their English is hard to understand. So I headed down to the restaurants to watch the chefs prepare those recipes live. I ended up videoing the chefs preparing the dishes and watching it and rewatching it until I got the recipe down pat.

KosherEye is certain that you will want to try many of the recipes in this book, especially because they have been "secret" up until now. We think that you will enjoy the simplicity, yet sophistication of Secret Restaurant Recipes, and your journey through the world of kosher restaurant dining.

Here are two recipes from Secret Restaurant Recipes by Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek - reprinted with permission from the copyright holders: ArtScroll/Mesorah Publications:

Eggplant Chicken in Garlic Sauce
Segal's Oasis Grill, Owner Daniel Gilkarov, Phoenix, AZ

Rockport Salad
Milk Street Café, Boston, MA
Owner Marc Epstein; Chef Laura McDaniel


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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.

If you just can't wait to see if you are the winner, you can order online at Secret Restaurant Recipes From the World's Top Kosher Restaurants

This fabulous giveaway ended at 11:59PM, January 7, 2015. The lucky winner is Susie Bensoussan, Rochester, NY.

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It is our great pleasure to come across an exceptional cookbook, but even more of a pleasure when it is written by a friend. We met Ronnie when we entered the journalistic and virtual world of food writing – now almost 10 years ago, and have learned so much from her website and books. She explores the types of foods that we have avoided, out of fear of the unknown, and she makes them unthreatening, familiar and delicious. We have made so many new food discoveries through Ronnie's expertise and inspiration.

Ronnie's love for cooking and entertaining are obvious as we read this book! Her versatile "foodie" background includes cookbook author, journalist, recipe creator, talk show host and a bunch of other food-related callings. Her food roots are deep and started early as she describes her parents as people who literally followed the adage "All who are hungry, let them come and eat".

Ronnie's recipes are fun to make and easy to follow. She envisions what dishes can be for a new generation of cooks. For example, she re-interprets her mom's classic potato salad with crispy cubes of roasted potatoes,and flavors of lemon and rosemary. She reinvents the classic chicken pot pie as a vegetable pot pie - a dish just as satisfying as the original, but minus the chicken.

The Modern Kosher Kitchen is a creative, innovative collection of 125 recipes – a fusion of new foods combined with layers of contemporary flavors. Ronnie provides easy to follow instructions and recipes we never would have attempted without her guidance. Sriracha-infused mayonnaise, crème fraiche, lemongrass, freekeh, and ponzu sauce are just some of the ingredients she shares with her readers. By the way, all of the ingredients she uses are easily found in most supermarkets.

Ronnie has personally selected 3 recipes from The Modern Kosher Kitchen for us to share with you. Do try them! She would love to know when you do and how you enjoy them, and so would we. You can reach Ronnie on her website http://ronniefein.com or on Twitter @ronnievfein

The Modern Kosher Kitchen is quite a delicious, healthful and creative adventure.

Try these recipes from the cookbook:
Panko-Crusted Turkey Cutlets with Cranberry and Pear Chutney
Honey Cashew-Cranberry Pie
Roasted Chicken Breasts with Citrus and Honey 

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This fabulous giveaway ended at 11:59PM, November 30, 2014. The lucky winners are Hilda Epstein, New York, NY, and Lisa Budow, Plainview, NY.

If you can't wait to see if you have won this cookbook, you may buy it here: The Modern Kosher Kitchen: More than 125 Inspired Recipes for a New Generation of Kosher Cooks

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By Rose Levy Beranbaum
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Rose Beranbaum Levy is considered the "diva of desserts", "the most meticulous cook who ever lived", and a "legendary baker." Her long-awaited and comprehensive baking book is finally here, and in it she shares all-new recipes for fabulous cakes, pies, tarts, cookies, candies, pastries, breads and more.

Rose was a three-time winner of a James Beard Award and is the author of 10 cookbooks, including The Cake Bible, now in its 50th printing and named one of the top 13 baking books on the James Beard Foundation's "Essential" Book List. WOW!

Her newest masterpiece, The Baking Bible covers the world of baking from recipes for everyday treats to the most elaborate confections. Each recipe is fool proof—with detailed instructions that eliminate guesswork...that is if you follow Rose's mantra, her golden rules. Rose wants to impress upon her readers to use her precise approach.

To ensure consistent results, she reiterates her golden rules, her mantra, throughout the book. She encourages her readers to internalize the rules before beginning the baking process and to follow her fastidious guidelines. She emphasizes the need to formulate good baking habits– such as: reading the entire recipe before starting; utilizing precise measurements; and using the correct, specified ingredients (i.e. bleached flour means bleached flour!). She also shares her tips and tricks on rectifying baking mishaps -- such as a cake that cracks on top or a pie crust that shrinks, etc. She shares brand new baking techniques such as rolling dough out at 60F to keep dough from sticking and how to make the juiciest apple pie ever.  Rose puts baking success within reach of any baker.

In addition to her award-winning and prolific baking repertoire, Rose also has a product line, Rose Levy Bakeware, which includes Rose's Perfect Pie Plate (love this item!) and Rose's Heavenly Cake Strip, both distributed by Harold Imports.

The Baking Bible is an essential addition to any serious or budding home baker's library and a definitive, meticulously researched magnum opus of Rose Levy Beranbaum's illustrious baking career. We think that The Baking Bible, along with Rose's The Cake Bible, should be staples in the home library of every serious baker or budding serious baker.

Be sure to see the Top Ten Foolproof Baking Tips from Rose.

Enjoy this recipe for Rose's rugelach. And forgive us if you can't stop noshing! You'll note that the recipe is not in our usual format. . . Rose, please note that we are just being precise and not changing a word.

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This fabulous giveaway ended at 11:59PM, December 21, 2014. The lucky winner is Sarah Hodge, San Antonio, TX.

If you just can't wait to see if you are the winner, you can order online here: The Baking Bible

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By Lynn Kirsche Shapiro

Food, Family, and Tradition: Hungarian Kosher Family Recipes and Remembrances by Lynn Kirsche Shapiro, a daughter of holocaust survivors, contains more than 150 original family recipes with full-color photographs. But on an equal footing with these authentic recipes are the stories which motivated Lynn to write the book. Through the first half of the book she shares her family history, which is a Holocaust story. Through photos, diagrams, handwritten letters, maps, etc., she recounts the lives of her father and mother, Sandor and Margit Kirsche (founders of Chicago's iconic Hungarian Kosher Foods, the largest all-kosher supermarket in the Midwest).

"The voice of her family, one family becomes the voice of many who lived in that time and place. And their survival becomes a testament to the courage and resilience of all Survivors who had the courage and strength to rebuild their lives.
"My hope is that through my family's stories you will see a picture of the community that was suddenly and brutally extinguished, the dedication to Jewish law that was solid and resilient, and the warmth of the Jewish community. I hope that through these centuries-old recipes you will get a taste of the culinary tradition of the Jews in Hungary and Czechoslovakia. Finally, I hope that you will feel the dedication of the Holocaust survivors—those who remained in Europe, those who went to Israel and those who came to the States."

The recipes are more than just traditional dishes; they are each heirlooms reflecting a time that was. And a way of life. They reflect one family's determination and eventual success to remake themselves and create meaningful lives.

Lynn shares memories and recipes from the families of other Holocaust survivors too. The book as well as the recipes are "haimische", extremely personal and quite touching. Each recipe offers an intimate glimpse into a time gone by, but each has been updated and clarified for a contemporary kitchen.

As the author knows well, the language of food is one way to hold on to a heritage and identity, binding generations and connecting past with present.

On a special note, we wish Lynn's mother Margit, who is now 91, a Shana Tova, a year of good health and happy cooking!

Try these recipes from Food, Family and Tradition.

Hungarian Goulash, Gulyas
Cheese Danish, Deltelach
Sweet Yeast Dough

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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 fabulous giveaway ended at 11:59PM, November 4, 2014. The lucky winner Rena Einzig, Atlanta, GA.

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We have searched the world of cookbooks and selected some of the most exciting, enticing, fun, entertaining and informative to share in our popular feature Featured Cookbook.

Some of these cookbooks have recipes with non-kosher ingredients. No worries! KosherEye and our team of cookbook authors, chefs and foodies will help you convert these ingredients to kosher substitutes. In fact we are providing an initial, basic list of kosher substitutions for you.

Attention Cookbook Writers and Media: If you would like KosherEye to consider your cookbook for feature, send a note to contactKoshereye@gmail.com.

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