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By Orly Ziv

Food lovers no longer have to visit the colorful markets of Jerusalem or Tel Aviv to enjoy the captivating tastes of a fresh Mediterranean menu. The new book Cook in Israel is packed with delicious, easy to follow recipes allowing everyone to bring the flavors and colors of Israeli food to their kitchen.

Drawing on her Jewish-Greek heritage and the Middle Eastern and Mediterranean flavors of her Tel Aviv home, author Orly Ziv a trained nutritionist, focuses on fresh food and simple techniques. Her dishes are suitable for everyday meals as well as entertaining. Orly has been a vegetarian for 30 years, however she does prepare meat and fish (no chicken) for her family. Most of the recipes are scrumptious vegetarian, with a chapter on fish and two family favorite meat recipes. Orly has been offering popular cooking classes and culinary tours of Israel for years.. Her happy and motivated students and clients often requested a cookbook, which inspired the birth of Cook in Israel.

The book offers 100 recipes, each accompanied by a full color photograph, and many step-by-step illustrations. The recipes are healthy and appealing. sharing Orly's belief that home cooking doesn't need to be time consuming nor complicated. Using familiar and easy to find ingredients, readers learn to make gourmet dishes simply and quickly. Orly explains that "Enjoying a Mediterranean diet is easier than many think. "One can use typical ingredients in a new way and discover that simple changes lead to amazing results." Most of the recipes require 30 minutes or less to prepare. Recipes for Jewish holidays are included, as well as contemporary new dishes and traditional favorites.

KosherEye enjoyed this book, and particularly liked the warmth and friendliness that Orly shares with her readers. Her love of Israel, and the Israeli food culture is apparent. The recipes are very personal, favorites of her family, her students and friends. The photos are taken in her home, untouched by food stylist techniques, and the recipes, at least the ones we tried so far are fabulous. This is a gift yourself, gift others KosherEye selection. And Orly, on our next trip to Israel, we can't wait to attend a class!

About the Author:

A lifelong food lover, Orly Ziv worked for many years as a clinical nutritionist before launching her company Cook in Israel in 2009. She offers culinary tours around Israel and intimate cooking classes in her home. Orly believes that one of the best ways to learn about a place and people is through the food they eat. Her background in nutrition, combined with her strong passion for cooking and baking, leaves readers with delicious Mediterranean meals that are healthy, flavorful, and easy to prepare. For more about Orly Ziv and additional recipes, visit

Watch a slide show about the cookbook here.

Enjoy these recipes by Orly Ziv:
Passover Brownies 
Passover Rolls 


Free Giveaway

We thank  Orly Ziv for sponsoring the Featured Cookbook and the FREE Giveaway!  

This Random Giveaway drawing ended 11:59PM, April 7th, 2014. The lucky winner is Betty Pearlman of
Far Rockaway, NY.

Buy the book here: Cook in Israel: Home Cooking Inspiration - for gifting or for your cookbook library.


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Entrée to Judaism for Families
Jewish Cooking and Kitchen Conversations with Children
By Tina Wasserman URJ Press


Author Tina Wasserman "wants children to gain the skills and confidence that come with learning to cook". And, along with kitchen know-how, Chef Tina wants children to learn the vibrant history of their families and the Jewish people as told through the food we eat, and to create "cooking memories for a lifetime".

The 192 page book shares photographs of each recipe, and is available in hard cover and also as a fully interactive e-book that actually teaches children about kitchen equipment and cooking techniques through additional photographs and videos. All of the recipes are kosher, and a photograph accompanies each. Adults and children will enjoy preparing the foods they like to eat through precisely explained recipes. Entrée to Judaism for Families provides the essential tools for helping children learn to cook with confidence, with clear, step-by-step instructions for every recipe and tips for adults to make the experience safe and rewarding.

Tina Wasserman is an award-winning cooking instructor, specializing in contemporary kosher cuisine. Trained in nutrition and education, Tina holds degrees from Syracuse University and New York University, and is a popular food educator in her own cooking school and as a scholar-in-residence in communities across North America. In 1994, Tina was elected to Les Dames d'Escoffier, an international culinary society that honors women in the food and beverage industry. She is the food expert for ReformJudaism.Org. Her first cookbook, Entrée to Judaism: A Culinary Exploration of the Jewish Diaspora, continues to be embraced as a teaching tool and history of Jewish Foods throughout the world as much as cherished cookbook. She lives in Dallas, Texas. For more about Tina, visit

This book follows Tina's best selling cookbook, Entrée to Judaism: A Culinary Exploration of the Jewish Diaspora, where she leads her readers on a journey of the food and stories of Jewish communities around the world and across the ages. Just as in her first book, every recipe is also a story.  Entrée to Judaism for Families provides opportunities for families to share those stories. There are recipes for everyday and holidays along with the popular "Tina's Tidbits", helpful cooking advice for cooks of all ages.

KosherEye recommends this book for older children and adults. Entrée to Judaism for Families will encourage children to join their families in the kitchen and to learn about their Jewish culinary heritage.

Try these passover recipes from Entrée to Judaism for Families:
Persian Cauliflower and Raisin Kuku
Geshmirta Matzo

To buy, click: Entrée to Judaism for Families: Jewish Cooking and Kitchen Conversations with Children

Free Giveaway

We thank  URJ Press for sponsoring the Featured Cookbook and the FREE Giveaway! 

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 Random Giveaway drawing ended 11:59PM, April 23rd, 2014. The lucky winner will be announced shortly.

If you can't wait to see if you've won this cookbook, you may buy it here: Entrée to Judaism for Families: Jewish Cooking and Kitchen Conversations with Children - for gifting or for your cookbook library.

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Mayim Bialik with Dr. Jay Gordon
Da Capo Press/Perseus Books Group

Mayim Bialik is currently starring on the CBS hit comedy "The Big Bang Theory", where for six seasons she has played the Emmy nominated role of Amy Farrah Fowler. The show won the 2013 & 2014 People's Choice Award for Favorite Network TV Comedy.
Bialik was born in San Diego, California to first generation Jewish American parents, who are both documentary filmmakers and teachers. She played the young Bette Midler in "Beaches", played the quirky Blossom Russo for 5 years on the NBC television sitcom "Blossom", and also had guest roles on some of television's most beloved shows of the 1980s and 1990s. Dr. Mayim Hoya Bialik (yes it's Dr. Bialik) is quite an amazing individual. After "Blossom", she pursued and earned degrees in Neuroscience, Hebrew and Jewish Studies, and went on to the Ph.D. Program in Neuroscience, at UCLA. She writes weekly for the Jewish parenting site about her life as an observant Jewish actress and mother, studies through Partners in Torah, and speaks for a variety of organizations around the United States.

And this brings us to her 2nd book "Mayim's Vegan Table - More Than 100 Great-Tasting Recipes from My Family to Yours". Although not specifically a kosher cookbook, this is absolutely a kosher cookbook. Every recipe can be prepared kosher. Mayim's Vegan Table shares over 100 plant-based recipes that she prepares at home for her two boys, Yes, she is also a working mom, so she shares recipes that are quick, filling and of course delicious. To ensure balanced nutrition and meal strategies for a healthful plant based diet, Mayim has partnered with well-known Santa Monica pediatrician Dr. Jay Gordon the book's co-author.

We especially like the Asian, Mexican, Italian and Jewish inspired recipes. There are kugels, quick breads, cakes and cookies; including Mayim's most popular at home recipe- baked ziti. You will also find recipes for hot pretzel challahs (Yumm-we have tasted these on a past trip to LA), vegetarian matzoh ball soup, tsimmes and even Passover friendly dishes such as quinoa burgers, salads and, DIY parve raw nut cheese, dips and dressings. Learn what a plant-based pantry should look like, and which kitchen gadgets are essential. Yes, after reading this book, and trying the recipes, you may be tempted to go vegan!

Try these recipes's from Mayim:
Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie
Quinoa Salad with Veggies and Herbs

Follow the authors:
Mayim Bialik:, @missmayim
Jay Gordon:, @drjaygordonmdfaacp

If you can't wait to see if you've won the book in our free giveaway, buy the book for gifting or for your cookbook library: Mayim's Vegan Table

Free Giveaway

We thank  Da Capo Press  for sponsoring the Featured Cookbook for offering a copy of the cookbook to 3 lucky winners! 

Giveaway is 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 winners must respond within 48 hours or the prize will be awarded to the runner-up.

Good Luck and let this fabulous giveaway begin! Three lucky winners will be randomly selected. Random Giveaway drawing ends 11:59PM, March 16TH, 2014.

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A Taste of Pesach
Trusted Favorites. Simple Preparation.
Magnificent Results, Artscroll/Shaar Press


Six years ago, a group of women banded together to brainstorm fundraising ideas for Yeshiva Me'on HaTorah, a Jewish high school. The result of this meeting was A Taste of Pesach, a recipe pamphlet series that transformed Passover cooking for thousands of cooks.

Since the mailing of the first pamphlet years ago, the devoted followers of A Taste of Pesach have sent countless letters expressing their appreciation for the helpful pamphlets and the recipes within them. Finally, at the request of its loyal fans, the best of this popular series plus many brand-new recipes have been compiled into a beautiful book, just in time for Passover.

The 240 page A Taste of Pesach presents 150 tested recipes for Passover and year round. Each is accompanied by a full color photograph. The triple tested recipes are diverse, including 140 gluten-free, non –Gebrokts (without matzoh meal) selections. The book shares a wide selection of recipes, from elegant starters like Chicken-Wrapped Asparagus Spears to kid-friendly favorites such as Chicken Nuggets. Featuring everything from traditional recipes like Gefilte Fish and Matzah Balls to contemporary dishes such as Seared Tuna and Chocolate Molten Cake, A Taste of Pesach , with 240 pages, can make Passover cooking more delicious than ever.

The cross referenced index makes it easy to find recipes with special ingredients. We like this book because each recipe has been tested, tasted and recommended by the authors. A gift yourself, gift others KosherEye selection.

Try these delicious recipes from A Taste of Pesach (reprinted with permission from the copyright holders: ArtScroll/Mesorah Publications):
Pulled Brisket
Perfect Pesach Lukshen
Eggplant Stacks

Free Giveaway 
We thank  ArtScroll/Mesorah Publications for sponsoring the Featured Cookbook and the FREE Giveaway!  

This fabulous giveaway ended on March 28, 2014. The lucky winner is Etti Mermelstein of Lawrence, NY.  

You may buy the cookbook here: A Taste of Pesach: Trusted Favorites, Simple Preparation, Magnificent Results - for gifting or for your cookbook library.


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The Artisan Jewish Deli at Home
By Michael C. Zusman and Nick Zukin
Andrews McMeel Publishing

AM_Deli_cover_400wDeli food is back and enjoying a global resurgence. The foods of the traditional Jewish deli such as corned beef, pastrami, chopped liver, pickles, borscht, rugelach, blintzes, bagels, bialys and schmaltz are trending. Agreed, most are not particularly heart healthy, such as those memorable and legendary overstuffed deli sandwiches, but certainly, even health conscious eaters can treat themselves occasionally, and in moderation. In their book The Artisan Jewish Deli at Home co-Authors Nick Zukin and Michael Zusman share 100 recipes for cherished Jewish deli foods, some updated, some seasonal and some in their pure traditional versions. And best of all, they can all be made from scratch, at home.

The book provides the tools and recipes to create authentic and nostalgic dishes. The photos make us hungry, and the recipes, are mouthwatering and easy to follow. "The typical little-of-this-little-of-that Jewish cooking style instructions are pinned down in this collection of artisanal style Jewish recipes, tips and tricks. Deli fans and DIY-ers alike will enjoy this book."

Now about the authors, who are both from Portland, Oregon:
Michael Zusman is a full time, state trial judge by day. As a relaxation technique, he took a bread-baking class several years ago, and developed a serious passion and love for baking. In addition, he is a freelance restaurant food writer at night.

Nick Zukin, is the co-owner of Kenny and Zuke's Deli in Portland, a popular restaurant which focuses on artisanal foods, like house-made pastrami and hand rolled bagels. (No, sadly the Deli is not kosher at this time, but the book shares many of its much beloved recipes). Nick is also a well-known food blogger in the Portland area.

We suggest this book as an excellent addition to a well-stocked Jewish food cookbook library. The recipes are simply wonderful, easy to follow and provide a wide range of choices for anyone who would like to prepare culturally authentic or updated Jewish deli food at home.

KosherEye Note:
 A few of the recipes have both meat and dairy combinations listed in the ingredient list, and will have to be tweaked for the kosher home. This is easy to do. However, if you have any questions, simply send us an email. We're happy to help.

Enjoy these recipes for:

Mammy's Savory Noodle Keegal - An Heirloom recipe from Michael's Grandma, Rose Fertig
Hamantashen – Dairy and Delicious
Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons- Passover Friendly

Free Giveaway 
We thank  Andrews McMeel Publishing  for sponsoring the Featured Cookbook and the FREE Giveaway!   

This fabulous giveaway has ended! (Random Giveaway drawing ended on March 6th, 2014.) The Three lucky winners are: Michael Keats, Manalapan, New Jersey; Lisa Budow, Plainview, New York; and Molly Siegel, Wantagh, NY. 

Buy the book here: The Artisan Jewish Deli at Home - for gifting or for your cookbook library.

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