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Raised on takeout in a non-Kosher family, Jamie Geller was clueless about cooking when she married into her hubby's large, traditional Jewish family. Dubbed "the bride who knew nothing," she was determined to show them that she had what it takes to fit in with a brood of caterers whose recipes have been handed down for generations. But Jamie didn't just learn how to cook. She "sprinted into cookbooks, magazines, a website, and a TV show," earning the title The Queen of Kosher.
In The Joy of Kosher, this culinary media juggernaut, wife, and mother of five welcomes us into her life, sharing stories of her struggles in the kitchen, her triumph in overcoming the little voice inside that says, "I can't," and her joy at hearing the highest praise of all: "More, please mommy." Accompanied by gorgeous full-color photos, here are more than 200 ideas for authentically kosher, foolproof, flexible, family-tested recipes for scrumptious, nutritious, and easy dishes perfect for entertaining and for everyday-all with no slaving over a hot stove or rabbi required-including:
- Crystal Clear Chicken Soup with Julienned Vegetables and Angel Hair (Dress It Down: Chicken Noodle Alphabet Soup)
- Hearty Mushrooms with Herbs and Wine (Dress It Up: Mushroom Phyllo Cups)
- Latkes with Caviar and Cream (Dress It Down: Sweet Cinnamon Latkes)
- Garlic Honey Brisket (Dress It Down: Honey Brisket Pita Pockets)
- Miso-Glazed Salmon (Dress It Up: Avocado-Stuffed Miso-Glazed Salmon)
- Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese (Dress It Down: Mac and Cheese Muffin Cups)
- Gooey Chocolate Cherry Cake (Dress It Up: Red Wine Chocolate Cherry Heart Cake)
- A whole chapter all about the art of making Challah
- Holiday menus, including a special Passover section
In this fabulous, family-friendly cookbook, she reminds us, "Food is an expression of love," and invites us to her family table. "You'll discover, as I did--you don't have to be kosher to love kosher. Who knew?"