The Holiday Kosher Baker

Traditional & Contemporary Holiday Desserts

By Paula Shoyer, Sterling Publishing


KosherEye friend Paula Shoyer is an amazing pastry chef. Through the publication of her new book The Holiday Kosher Baker, she once again shares her talent and baking repertoire with the world. Paula travels globally to instruct and inspire budding and experienced bakers on how to create luscious pastry, breads and confections. She takes the intimidation out of baking, and gently guides her audiences to expand their baking reach.
The Holiday Kosher Baker is her second book. In this new collection of 120 recipes, Paula shares her best recipes for each holiday of the Jewish year, including gluten-free. nut-free, low-sugar and vegan desserts. Although we are not ready to go there, (a statement many of our readers will understand), the 45 Passover desserts do look incredibly delicious.

It's a new era for Jewish home bakers. Kosher baking ingredients have evolved and proliferated. Paula offers a thoroughly modern approach to Jewish holiday baking that includes both contemporary and traditional selections. The Holiday Kosher Baker is organized into sections for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur night, Sukkot, Chanukah, Purim, Passover, and Shavuot. There are simple, quick choices, even one bowl creations–perfect for everyday family fare – and for easy entertaining. There are also amazing recipes for fancier multiple step pastries, with accompanying color photos.

The book includes many of Paula's interpretations of baking classics including sponge cakes, babkas, challahs, and rugelach, along with pastries such as Ombré Layer Cake, Macaron Cake, Caramelized Mocha and Vanilla Bean Napoleons, and a Salted Caramel Banana Tart Tatin, which is an upside-down apple cake. This is a must-have kosher baking cookbook for the Jewish kitchen—and one to enjoy at holidays and throughout the year. . A KosherEye gift yourself gift others selection.

We are delighted to share 2 delicious recipes from The Holiday Kosher Baker: Traditional & Contemporary Holiday Desserts .

Pumpkin Doughnuts
Everything Rugelach

 We thank  Sterling Publishing  for sponsoring the Featured Cookbook and the FREE Giveaway!   

The random giveaway drawing ended 11:59PM, December 2, 2013. The lucky winner is Janice Levy, Brooklyn, NY.

Buy the book here: The Holiday Kosher Baker: Traditional & Contemporary Holiday Desserts - for gifting or for your cookbook library.

About Paula Shoyer
A former practicing attorney, Paula Shoyer graduated from the Ritz Escoffier pastry program in Paris. She is the author of The Kosher Baker: Over 160 Dairy-Free Recipes from Traditional to Trendy (Brandeis 2010) and is a contributing editor to several websites and magazines. Paula has appeared on Food Network's Sweet Genius, is a frequent TV news guest, and edited the popular cookbooks Kosher by Design Entertains and Kosher by Design Kids in the Kitchen (both from Mesorah Publications, Ltd.). Paula lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with her husband and four children. Visit Paula at


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