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May 23, 2008 11:02 AM

Kosher cookbook recommendations

DD will be setting up her first college apartment this fall in Waltham, MA (Brandeis). She will be keeping kosher with her roomates and I would like to buy a couple of simple cookbooks she can use primarily to make Shabbat dinner. Looking for recommendations for cookbooks with simple techniques that embrace different cuisines (Chinese, Indian, Thai, Eastern European, Mediterranean, etc) that use relatively few utensils (not terribly well equipped kitchen, spends $$ on clothes!) and somewhat inexpensive ingredients. My collection runs toward Joan Nathan and brisket, not what she wants. Any advice welcome, thanks!

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    1. re: MartyB

      Hip Kosher: 175 Easy-to-Prepare Recipes for Today's Kosher Cooks
      by Ronnie Fein

      1. re: MartyB

        Can't swear to it, but I doubt that The Ladies Auxillary of Nitra has quite embraced Chinese, Indian, Thai, Mediterrean, or anything like that. The OP was pretty clear to say that that was what her daughter is looking for. In fact, based on one of the Heimishe Kitchen books that I do own, I would say that this heavy, standard Jewish fare in this series is almost exactly the opposite of what this young woman is looking for.
        I myself don't have a recommendation for a good general kosher cookbook that covers these varied cuisines, as I tend to read books and magazines that aren't specifically kosher, but I leave out and substitute as necessary. I do however, recommend Norene Gilletz' books, particularly Healthy Helpings, as her recipes are fairly easy and healthy, not heavy and full of fat. Lots of chicken dishes, salads, veggie side dishes, some grains, etc., and I imagine they'd be pretty easy to do in a basic kitchen. Give it a look on Amazon; I don't know how likely it will be to find it in a store to look at it. Good luck to your daughter.

        1. re: queenscook

          You are right, I was focusing on the "I would like to buy a couple of simple cookbooks she can use primarily to make Shabbat dinner" part of the post and figured that others will fill in on the "foreign" requirements of the poster. I highly doubted that there would be a cookbook that combines the themes of kosher, simple and exotic and still be able to make money selling it.

          1. re: MartyB

            I don't know if that's true; this Chowhound board seems to testify to the fact that there are now quite a number of kosher cooks who are quite interested in "exotic" fare, yet many of us don't want to spend three hours to prepare one dish. I would think there would be enough to make it a marketable title.

      2. Another excellent choice is "What's Cooking - A unique Collection of Kosher Recipes"

        Then of course there is the classic "Spice & Spirit Cookbook"

        1. the most quintesential jewish cookbook
          The Book of Jewish Food: An Odyssey from Samarkand to New York (Hardcover)
          by Claudia Roden (Author)

          1. I highly reccomend this excellent cook book with great recipies as well as history! It includes both Ashkenazic: German, Alsacian, Polish, Hungarian, etc... and Sephardic: North African, Iraqi, Georgian, Indian, Greek, Turkish, Syrian, Italian, Persian, etc... recipies

            The Book of Jewish Food: An Odyssey from Samarkand to New York
            by: Claudia Rodin


            1. I have always liked the Kosher by Design series - http://www.kosherbydesign.com/