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KOSHER COOKBOOKS

Does anyone have any recommendations for either Kosher cookbooks or healthy(diabetic) cookbooks? I realize that that will probably be 2 distinct lists, but if you could provide some ideas they would be appreciated.

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  1. Have you looked at
    http://www.jewishdiabetes.org/
    and this cookbook?
    Enlightened Kosher Cooking by Nechama Cohen. Published by Feldheim Publishers, 2006. ISBN 1-58330-888-1. 416 pages. Hardcover. US$39.95
    It's diabetic + kosher.

    1. I can't quite recall the author's name, but the chef for Abigael's wrote a great cookbook, and I think it was kosher.

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      1. re: Westy

        I lthink you are referring to Jeffery Nathan the owner of Abigal. He has a TV show on Create TV

      2. For Kosher, I really like:
        Levana's Kitchen
        Kosher Palette
        Kosher by Design

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        1. re: roxhills

          I checked Kosher by Design out, and it is a really cute cookbook for kids even if you don't keep kosher (obviously unless you're looking for pork recipes) -- lots of regular type food, not just desserts.

        2. Levana's Kitchen is kosher and it's also pretty healthy- everything I've made from her recipes comes out excellent. Highly recommend.
          Jeffrey Nathan's cookbook (he's the Abigael's chef) is much more "gourmet"- delicious stuff but complicated, long recipes.
          The Enlitened cookbook is a waste of $$, in my opinion- basically takes regular recipes and tells you to use splenda and pam.
          The Susie Fishbein series (Kosher Palette, Kosher By Design, and three more... and counting, she's really milking it for all it's worth) is also pretty good. All the recipes seem to be lifted from someplace else, but she's done all the 'kosher substituting' for you . I'd leaf through the first three and get whichever seems most appealing.

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          1. re: shpitzlefan

            I definitely second the Fishbein books - excellent recipes - also Mam Leah's Jewish Kitchen by Leah Loeb Fischer I have also enjoyed -

            1. re: shpitzlefan

              i totaly disagree, the EnLITEned is long overdue---many of the recipes are not new because she has EnLITEned traditional recipes and proven that you can eat Jewish style and kosher food and still be healthy---everyone i know that has it loves it---and it is the first kosher cookbook that gives nutrition facts, exact portion sizes and an encyclopedia of nutrition information ---this is not just a cookbook
              david

            2. Divine Kosher Cuisine is an excellent cookbook. I've made some great recipes from it.

              http://www.amazon.com/Divine-Kosher-C...

              1. Another great kosher cookbook is perfectly Pareve by Eileen Giltz - http://www.feldheim.com/cgi-bin/categ... = addresses the tough challenge to find recipes that are pareve (neither meat nor dairy) and include a formulary of items that can be substituted for dairy ingredients -

                  1. My list of kosher cookbooks are a bit different - sorry I can't help on the diabetes end. The Joan Nathan cookbooks on holiday cooking and cooking in America are quite wonderful. Joyce Goldstein's Cucina Ebraica and Edda Machlin Servi's Italian cookbooks are fabulous and since they are Mediterranean in background are often health. Claudia Roden's cookbook on Jewish Cooking are great and the NY Times Passover cookbook edited by Amster contain recipes from a lot of chefs and is a mainstay of my kitchen.

                    Hope these help.

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                    1. re: KingsKetz

                      This shiksa must second the Joan Nathan, Joyce Goldstein & Claudia Roden books. I own several books by each and wouldn't be without them. Obviously, keeping kosher is not my priority - good food is. Be sure to add SEPHARDIC FLAVORS to Goldstiein's wonderful CUCINA EBRAICA as well as Rita Milo Brownstein's JEWISH HOLIDAY FLAVORS (?? I'm not exactly certain of the title wording).

                    2. Also, I forgot -- the book on Jewish cooking from Aleppo (Syria) is also a nice book -- and since it contains lots of complex carbs and veges, it is pretty healthy and diabetic-friendly.

                      The title is Aleppo: The Legendary Cuisine of Syrian Jews, by Poopa Dweck

                      and it's a coffee-table style book in terms of copious photos.

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                      1. re: brittle peanut

                        There is a cookbook author named Poopa Dweck? That sounds so unappetizing!

                        1. re: MazDee

                          that's funny, we were all saying that when we saw the cookbook at my aunt's house last week- but the book itself is gorgeous. if you like syrian food, it's well worth the price. if you're not sure, well, it's almost 50 bucks.

                      2. Thanks so much for all the suggestions-it's greatly appreciated.

                        Have a great 2008!

                        1. Kosher:
                          Gefilte Fish Variations by Jayne Cohen
                          NY Times Passover Cookbook (you'll find that you'll want to try many of the recipes throughout the year)