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Recipes For No Knead Loaves And Meals To Savor Every Slice
By Alexandra Stafford with Lisa Lowery; Photographs by Eva Kolenko
Clarkson Potter Publishing

Peasant Bread is so easy to make and so delicious, approachable even for those who have never made bread. The author, Alexandra Stafford was raised eating this bread daily. However, the recipe was a long held family secret. The legend goes that her mother Lisa Lowery refused to share it, and even misdirected friends and family as to how to make it. Eventually, Lowery relented and Alexandra put the no-knead “miracle bread” recipe on her Internet Blog, Alexandra's Kitchen, and now the pair has published a cookbook with a collection of easy-to-make breads and related dishes.

The basic no knead recipe for Peasant Bread, and variations are shared in Bread, Toast, Crumbs. The first section titled Bread is all about baking the loaves; the Toast section shares recipes on how to use bread in many popular dishes; and the third section covers how to incorporate “Crumbs” and leftover loaves into salads, soups and more… The book is appropriate for a beginner or an advanced baker, guiding the reader with precise directions and tips for optimum baking results. Do be aware that kosher substitutions are necessary for a few of the recipes.

We asked Alexandra to share some of her personal cooking and baking advice:

What are your favorite 3 must have bread-making tools for the kitchen?

1. A digital scale. A scale eliminates human error. If you put 10 people in a room and had each person scoop 4 cups of flour into a bowl, each bowl of flour would weigh a different amount. If you told the same 10 people to each put 512 grams of flour into a bowl, each bowl of flour would weigh exactly the same.

2. A spatula. I love the GIR brand because the spatulas are all one piece, which makes them easy to clean and doesn't allow food to hide in crevices.
KosherEye agrees! We love our GIR tools!

3. Cloth bowl covers. For years I used a tea towel to cover bowls of rising bread, and, of course, a tea towel still does the job well. However, I love these cloth bowl covers from Dot and Army, which stay in place and are nice to look at. Truly, just seeing them makes me happy. (KosherEye tried these and they make us happy too! We feel like we are in Bubbie’s kitchen when we cover our rising bread.)

Many of our readers make challah every week. Any challah making tips?

My friend Holly shared her challah recipe with me several years ago, and it is the only challah recipe I make now—it comes out well every time. I think part of the reason it is so good is that it calls for making a sponge (1 cup flour, 1 cup water, yeast) that sits briefly (45 minutes) before the remaining ingredients are added. Holly makes the sponge every Friday morning before dropping the kids off at school then finishes the recipe when she gets home. I posted the recipe on my blog, and a number of people have commented, noting how well it has come out for them, too. I also used Holly's base challah recipe to make babka, which was also a hit. Here is Holly's challah recipe.

Try Alexandra’s legendary family recipe for No Knead Peasant Bread.

Cookbook Giveaway - Two  readers will be randomly chosen to win the cookbook  Bread Toast Crumbs  

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 3, 2018.   Enter to win below:

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In conjunction with our Bread Toast Crumbs giveaway, the creative team at DotandArmy.com
is gifting the first place cookbook winner two of their very special cloth bowl covers. These are favorites of Alexandra Stafford, and perfect for covering dough when making bread!

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The Healthy Jewish Kitchen
Fresh, Contemporary Recipes for Every Occasion
By Paula Shoyer, Sterling Epicure Publishing

This is Paula Shoyer's 4th book and contains 80 recipes focused on natural, healthful ingredients including American and Jewish classics and international dishes that reflect global food trends. The recipes are creative  dishes such as mango cole slaw, modern borscht, Brazilian cholent with collard greens, red quinoa meatballs, and "Marzipan"-like chocolate rugelach. (Marzipan is the very popular bakery in the Jerusalem shuk). There is an emphasis on whole grains, herbs, spices, and nutrient dense foods, containing reduced amounts of sugar, salt and processed foods. But, be assured, the recipes are still scrumptious!

Paula is known for her expert baking repertoire, innovative cooking and easy to follow recipes which can help every level of cook succeed in the kitchen. She shares delicious, easy to follow recipes created or re-imagined with a chef's gourmet touch. The photographs are beautiful, and help the reader visualize the recipe creations.

Try these sample recipes from The Healthy Jewish Kitchen. By the way, the baked schitzel is Passover friendly. 
Sri Lanka Rice with Dried Fruits and Nuts
Baked Schnitzel with Nut Crust

Paula Shoyer is the author of The Holiday Kosher Baker, The Kosher Baker, The New Passover Menu, and now, The Healthy Jewish Kitchen. She is a contributing writer to several publications. Paula graduated from the Ritz Escoffier pastry program in Paris, and now teaches French and Jewish baking and cooking classes in the Washington, DC area and conducts demonstrations around the world. She has appeared on Food Network's Sweet Genius and is a frequent TV news show guest.  In 2016, Paula was honored by her peers as a KosherFEAST media star. 

Visit Paula at her website Thekosherbaker.com

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This giveaway ended at 11:59PM on February 8, 2018

The winner is Jeanette Green, Cleveland, Tennessee

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Rising The Book of Challah
by Rochie Pinson, Feldheim 

We could not put this book down. It is so very beautifully written, and is most definitely more than just recipes. It is the meaningful, nurturing story of challah, of family, of tradition, of love, of memories and of food. The theme throughout the book written by Rebbetzin Rochie Pinson is her belief that each step of the recipe for challah reflects the recipe for life... mixing it, kneading it, blessing it, eating it and elevating it. “A challah dough is a living organism, requiring air, water, attention and intention. The recipe for making challah closely mirrors the recipe for a well-balanced life.“ She shares the experiences and thoughts she has found while perfecting the art of challah baking, and her insights teaching standing room only challah workshops around the world. This cookbook/memoir is a work of art, for its message, recipes, and its 75 full-color photos by photographer Monica Pinto. Rising is a book for challah mavens and beginners alike. It is for anyone apprehensive about making challah, anyone who wants to broaden their challah making skills, or anyone who wants to understand more about the mitzvah of challah baking.

Rebbetzin Pinson presents 38 unique, time-tested challah recipes, including gluten-free oat challah, sourdough challah, a challah for each Jewish holiday (such as apple-and-honey challah), and challahs from around the world (plus recipes for leftover dough and challah. She shares 37 illustrated braiding techniques with step-by-step instructions. Some say that her recipe for making her own basic challah is worth the price of the book!

Enjoy this sample recipe from RisingHarvest Pumpkin Challah

From Rebbetzin Rochie
“I think of challah making as one of those lost arts that used to be passed down from Mama to daughter, but which lots of us need to figure out on our own in this modern world. So throughout the book, I am there to be your loving guide through the process. Answering every question, predicting every mishap, providing you with step by step directions, and lots of helpful tips! …“Throughout this book I invite you into my little kitchen as we measure ,mix knead and shape. It is my hope and prayer that the ancient wisdom in challah that has guided me in my own journey will do the same for you dear reaer and give rise to a happier home, and a more confident, nurturing you.”

KosherEye has chosen Rising as a “gift yourself gift others” selection. We think that it is a perfect gift for a holiday or Shabbos host, a new bride or simply for your cookbook library. Watch Rebbetzin Rochie’s video for how challah reflects life.
Follow Rebbetzin Rochie: Therisinglife.net

We are delighted to offer 2 copies for giveaway. 

 

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This giveaway has ended. The winners are  Aviva Helfand,  Brooklyn, New York  and Carol Lee, San Antonio, Texas

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Real Life Kosher Cooking

by Miriam Pascal
Mesorah Publications

Miriam Pascal is a multi-talented colleague of ours. She is an online blogger, editor and founder of the popular blog OvertimeCook.com, a photographer, a self taught cook and baker, and a cookbook author. WHEW!  And readers, she is still under age 30! We previously featured  “Something Sweet” her cookbook focused on divine desserts, and now she presents her delicious new cookbook “Real Life Kosher Cooking”.

According to Miriam, “This book is the culmination of my personal cooking style and has been in the works for many years, as I learned to cook from a young age in my parents’ kitchen.” While gefilte fish was the norm for Shabbos in her friends’ family kitchens, in Miriam’s home, it was dishes like salmon topped with good olive oil and capers. Although her mom was a voracious cookbook reader, she never followed recipes – but used her creativity when cooking. We at KosherEye can relate to this; we consider recipes as inspiration rather than step-by-step guides.

The recipes in Real Life Kosher Cooking are approachable, innovative and motivating. We can tell if we like a cookbook by the number of pages we bookmark to try. Honestly, in this one, we have bookmarked just about a record number of recipes. So many of the recipes are simple, and  we plan to try them on weekdays, and some, although simple in preparation, are festive and worthy of special occasions and company. None of the recipes are intimidating in ingredient or method. Miriam’s goal was to write a cookbook, which would provide staples for her readers, that they would want make again and again. We think that she has reached her goal.

In addition to 160 recipes, she shares her own stunning photos of the dishes, along with freezer and plan ahead tips, possible substitutions and variations. This cookbook was a pleasure to read and to cook with. We’ve already tried the charred eggplant and tomato dip, the chunky vegetable soup and the roasted za’atar green beans (loved the flavor!). We plan to make the Asian glazed corned beef next.  We congratulate Miriam on this new cookbook - which we recommend to both seasoned  and newbie cooks! 
Enjoy these two recipes from Real Life Kosher Cooking:


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The Modern Jewish Baker
by Shannon Sarna
Published by Countryman Press

Shannon Sarna launched her career in the kitchen by necessity. She lost her mom at an early age (16) , and shared daily responsibilities for her younger siblings. Her baking career all started with her passion for making challah. Through multiple failures, like burnt challah and raw challah, she pursued her quest for the perfect challah…she tried and tried for years until she succeeded. (People even wanted to buy her loaves!). Over the years, she has expanded her challah baking to specialty baking including babka, bagels, rugelach, hamantashen, flatbreads & more—lots more. And, now she has taken the next step, and included her creations in a book!

The Modern Jewish Baker, her first cookbook, is the culmination of her baking journey. She presents a guidebook for successful baking, filled with personal anecdotes and easy to follow instructions. Her chapter on techniques, tools, toppings and fillings is a must read for any budding or experienced baker. We already made a batch of her “everything bagel topping” (sesame and poppy seeds, dried garlic and onion, salt and dried red pepper flakes), and we also made the babka crumb topping- it’s luscious.
Shannon’s creativity shines throughout the pages in the book- such as her birthday cake, tropical, s’mores and olive tapenade babka; pumpkin/chocolate rugelach and goat cheese rugelach. She shares basic, classic, traditional recipes and then adds a contemporary twist with trendy ingredients and surprising flavor combinations. The accompanying photos are beautiful.

We are sharing the recipe for Shannon’s rosemary garlic challah, from Modern Jewish Baker. To make this challah, we used fresh organic rosemary from our backyard garden. You will have fun as you bake through this book! Let your creative baking juices flow…

Shannon Sarna is the editor of thenosher.com, part of myJewishlearning.com. She is a popular food writer and has written food articles for many publications. Follow her at @shasarna on Instagram and Twitter.

 

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These three lucky winners will receive this wonderful cookbook.

Rivka Kantor, Lakewood, NJ 08701 
Kayla Klontz, Sandusky, Oh 44870 
Linda Licker, Frisco, Texas 75033

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