Passover - A Kosher Collection

 ~ Pamela Reiss


Wondering what to prepare for Passover? Tired of using the same recipes and looking for something special? Well, look no further! Pam Reiss' fabulous new cookbook, Passover - A Kosher Collection  has everything you need to "wow" family and friends. You will also "wow" yourself!

We knew we were in for a treat from the moment we saw the cover--a heavenly chocolate tart, in a chocolate crust, decorated with whipped cream and strawberries. The second in the Kosher Collection series, the cookbook features traditional Passover standards plus new, modern recipes for the kosher kitchen.

Most of us have fond memories of Passover foods that our mothers and grandmothers made, and Passover wouldn't be the same without including some of the old favorites. Pam’s recipes for Chicken Soup and Matzo Balls, Toasted Farfel, Beef Borscht, Brisket with Onion Gravy, Apple Raisin Farfel Kugel, and Potato Onion Kugel, (with a crispy, golden brown crust) will be winners for the traditional cook.  

But, you are in for a surprise with her creative contemporary recipes including Mexican Strata, Mini Frittatas, Osso Bucco, Souvlaki (Greek Chicken Kebabs), Onion Tart with Cheddar Crust, Chocolate Pavlova, Carrot Cake, Chocolate Orange Flourless Cake—to name just a few; certainly not what our grandmothers made. 

Pam, is no stranger to food, recipes and cooking. She is co-owner of a specialty food store, Desserts Plus, in Winnipeg, Canada and has written recipe columns which have appeared in the Jerusalem Post, Los Angeles Jewish Journal and several other newspapers throughout North America.  Pam's cooking philosophy is simple and straightforward: keep it simple and use the best ingredients.  Soup - A Kosher Collection, her first cookbook, was nominated for a Cuisine Canada cookbook Award.

We were very impressed with her new cookbook and asked Pam about her inspiration. "I really wanted to include a mix of traditional and "modern" recipes.  Customers are constantly asking for new recipes for Passover.  Traditional recipes are wonderful but people always seem to be looking for something new.  At the same time, I think there are a lot of people that don't know how to make the traditional recipes--the chopped liver and blintzes.  So I wanted to bring some new ideas to the Passover table while doing my part to keep the traditional recipes alive."

As is Pam's style, the book is well written, the recipes and pictures are enticing. Also included are several interesting menu suggestions; something we can all use to liven up our Passover repertoire.  We love this cookbook--especially the non-traditional recipe aspect! 

There is something for everyone…so be forewarned, there are so many truly wonderful recipes that the problem will be selecting which ones to make! A perfect item to Gift Yourself and Gift Others.

Read excerpts from KosherEye's interview with Pam Reiss.

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