Kosher by Design Lightens Up: 04/28/09
Kosher by Design Lightens Up by Susie Fishbein is the sixth in this series of cook books and it's the first I've had the pleasure of reading. The previous five are Kosher by Design, Passover by Design, Kosher by Design Entertains, Kosher by Design Short on Time and Kosher by Design Kids in the Kitchen.
The book has over 145 recipes, each one with a gorgeous full color photograph of the completed recipe. While all of the recipes are kosher they aren't all Jewish. There is a delicious miso soup recipe that I've tried. It was easy to make and very tasty.
The book starts with a three part introduction that teaches the basics of keeping kosher, some simple tips for lightening up day to day cooking and how to entertain guests in a stylish but fun way. After that the cook book really begins with recipes divided into appetizers, soups, salads, poultry, meat, fish, eggs and pasta and dairy, side dishes and finally deserts. My favorite parts are the soup and salad chapters although the soup chapter is heavily reliant on gadgetry.
Not all of the recipes are things I will want to try or be able to try. Some of them rely on a roomy enough kitchen to house lots of different cooking utensils and tools that I just don't have.
Although I'm not Jewish I do have relatives who are and it's nice to have this resource on hand. I know it will come in handy on a regular basis.
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books | nonfiction | Susie Fishbein | 2008