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favorite specifically kosher cookbooks?

i am a cookbookaholic; i own a ton of vegetarian ones, ottolonghi's "Plenty" , a bunch of Annabel Karmel books and other assorted random ones but I am ashamed to say I really like my 'kosher' cookbooks best. I have the whole KBD series (except cooking coach which has had mixed reviews); kosher palette 1 (i dont like the 2nd one); the 2 quick n koshers (the second one was terrible imvho); dining in- both; What's cooking (a total fave); Persian food from nonpersian bride (waste of time); bais yaakov, Dash, Temptations (from keter torah in teaneck); spice and spirit and other smaller less well-known ones.. I have been on a self-induced no buying trend but now I think I'm ready to re-indulge!
Any kosher ones you recommend? I am interested in reviews too, on CHIC; Fresh N Easy; (Gil Marks) Olive trees n Honey; Aromas of Alpeppo.. and cause i'm curious- any reviews on KBD Cooking Coach?

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  1. Aromas of Aleppo is a fantastic book. Clearly written and explained. Beautiful pictures. Holiday menus are given. Many of the recipes are fairly simple, using easily found ingredients. But, there are recipes that require time, labor, and specialty ingredients. It's a coffee table book as much as a book to cook from.

    I have Cooking Coach, was given the book as a gift. I have not cooked anything from it. The recipes are not really my style. A lot of the recipes are kind of reinventions of the other fishbein books. Best parts of the book are the beginning sections to each chapter. The intros on meat and fish are why I haven't regifted the book. The author shows clear pictures and descriptions of cuts of kosher beef and how to prepare them. Same with fish.

    1. I love Claudia Roden's book

      1. I get a lot of use out of Gil Marks' Olive trees n Honey

        1. I like the New York Times Passover cookbook. Though that may be because I only see it for one week out of the year ;-)

          1. I second Claudia Roden's book "The Book of Jewish Food". I also use Faye Levy's "1,000 Jewish Recipes". Gil Marks' "Encyclopedia of Jewish Food" is a terrific reference book with a lot of recipes and occupies an honored spot on my shelf.

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            1. re: sharonfl

              I love The spice and Spirit of Kosher Cooking. it's not fancy, but it has a bit of everything. I've been using it for years, and though I have hundreds of cookbooks, I always refer back to this one.

            2. these 2 books have Israeli recipes. They maynot be all Kosher
              Jerusalem by Ottolenghi
              Plenty by Ottolenghi

              The Mile End Cookbook by Noah and Rae Bernamoff

              Joan Nathan also has several Jewish Cookbooks

              Claudia Roden is also excellent and has several books

              what didn't u like about Plenty and the Persian Bride cook books?

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              1. re: jpr54_1

                Persian Bride was a major disappointment. The photos were lovely, but many of the recipes, particularly the rice recipes did not come out. The writing was inadequate to convey the technique necessary. Several of the recipes I did try (meat, vegetables, stews) were dull.

                1. re: AdinaA

                  TG you wrote this.. I was starting to doubt my cooking/ recipe following abilities after making her rice with tadig and having it be a disaster. Her cookbook was simply not good.
                  I dont see where I said I dont like Plenty? I do like it, however, all the recipes in the book can be found on The Guardian UK newspaper site for free.
                  BTW-another great coffee table cookbook is Taste from Yeshiva of Flatbush. Interesting recipes too.

                  1. re: marissaj

                    Marissaj; reassured to hear you had the same experience - proving that it wasn't just me.

                    Tell me more about the Yeshiva of Flatbush cookbook. Please.

                    1. re: AdinaA

                      That stupid technique of giving the rice 'spa treatment' still gives me nightmares... what a waste of kleenex viva ;)

                      I cannot find a link to the actual book, but here is some info:



                      1. re: AdinaA

                        The Yeshivah of Flatbush cookbook is interesting. A mix of trendy recipes, Syrian food, and some ashkenaz recipes. Not a must have but it's a nice book to look at.

                2. i have found most every fishbein recipe to be a reinvention of a recipe in another fishbein cookbook. i like the ny times kosher cookbook, the original spice and spirit is best for basics, and kosher (and not-kosher) food blogs keep me up-to-date on the hippest and coolest food prep methods

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                  1. re: ahuva

                    and that is why kbd lightens up remains unpurchased ;) the same recipes with a tsp less of oil lol.

                    1. re: marissaj

                      The only recipe we liked from kbd lightens up was baked brown rice. I use mushrooms or peas instead of edamame.

                  2. Another must-have in my ex-patriate household is the New Complete International Jewish cookbook by Evelyn Rose. No pictures just 600+pages of beautiful recipes.

                    1. My all-time favorite kosher cookbook is Chef's Confidential: http://www.amazon.com/Chefs-Confident...

                      Seriously--you have to get it! Every single recipe I've tried has been phenomenal, and many of them (the incredible mock crab cakes, the ridiculously good chocolate babka, the stuffed peppers) have become my go-to dishes when I want to cook to impress. Some of the recipes and plating suggestions can seem fussy and tedious, but you don't necessarily have to make every component to get the main concept of the dish. Seriously--this is a must have!