By Tali Simon | January 30, 2014
I’m probably more excited about this giveaway than I’ve been about any of the others I’ve hosted. Am I three times as excited? Maybe! There are, after all, going to be three winners of Jamie’s newest book: one in North America, one in Israel, and one in Europe!
Keep reading for my review of the book, and make sure to scroll all the way down to enter the giveaway!
Type of book
If you’ve spent even two minutes with Jamie, you know she’s a really lovable person. One of my favorite things about Joy of Kosher is that it’s so thoroughly her (and yes, I say this after knowing her only through a few brief face-to-face meetings and a handful of email exchanges). The book is fun and full of life, but it’s also super real and down-to-earth. Inside, you’ll get chapters on soups & starters, sides & salads, mains (poultry, meat, fish, vegetarian), desserts, and challah (10 things to do with 1 dough). Plus, there’s a holiday menu section by Tamar Genger and a Dress it Up/Dress it Down feature, so that you can use the same base dish for special occasions and everyday meals.
This book really is a book in that there’s plenty to read. Not only are the recipe intros relatively long, but there’s also a liberal sprinkling of life stories. Sometimes they come every few recipes, sometimes they’re more spread out; sometimes they’re longish and sometimes they’re shortish. It kind of reminds me of the text portion of a blog post, or even of a condensed version of my Binah articles. If you need a recipe because dinner hour is approaching, you’ll probably skip these sections. But if it’s Shabbos afternoon and the baby just went down for his nap and you’re ready to sit down for a good read — then yeah, this is just about perfect.
As far as the recipes themselves, Jamie saves her conversational writing for the other text sections, leaving the recipes crisp and clear (thumbs-up for numbered directions). She also gives you a handful of extras with each recipe, like Dress it Up/Dress it Down, Make it a Meal, Variations, Prep Ahead, Quick Tip, and Pair It (wine pairings).
Every recipe is accompanied by at least one photo, usually of the finished dish — sometimes you even get to see both the dressed-up and dressed-down versions. Some of the images are full-pagers (which are always my favorites), and some are a lot smaller.
Overall, they’re beautiful, mouthwatering images. There were a few that I felt were too small or that didn’t make the food look so appealing, but those were in the minority. Aside from the recipe photography, the book also has tons of fun, creative images of Jamie and her family, and these are a big part of what makes Joy of Kosher such a fun read.
Recipes I’ve tried from this book:
- Lemon lover’s chummus
- Layered rakott crumpli
- Blackened tilapia fillets
- Cilantro corn cakes
- Nutty caramel brownies (actually, my husband made those)
- Easy scallion cornbread
- Greek pasta salad with creamy feta dressing
- Sun-dried tomato, garlic, and herb braided challah
Who would enjoy this book?
Jamie Geller fans who have followed her through her first two books, her mega food site, and her magazine will love the behind-the-scenes feel of this book. But whoever you are, even if you’ve never heard of Jamie until today, if you like fast recipes, then you’ve come to the right place. Jamie’s trademark style is “quick and kosher” and she sticks to that here.
Vegetarians should be aware that there are a fair number of meat recipes in the book (half of the main dishes use poultry or meat), but between all of the many pareve options and the dairy recipes, there are definitely things for you (and me!), too.
* You can buy a copy of Joy of Kosher right here on Amazon. If you buy it through that link or any of the other links in this post, a (very) small portion of your purchase supports More Quiche, Please. Thank you!
Win a copy of Joy of Kosher!
To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post with two pieces of information: (1) Name a recipe that’s a family favorite — either something you and your siblings all loved when you were growing up, or something you make now that your whole family eats happily. (2) Tell me whether your mailing address is in North America, Israel, or Europe. ** Limit 1 entry per person. **
Bonus (optional) entry #1: Subscribe to More Quiche, Please and then leave a separate comment on this post telling me that you did. To subscribe, just click the link under the words “subscribe to More Quiche, Please” that can be found on the upper right side of any page on the blog (and then follow the directions that come up on the screen). If you already subscribe, just leave a separate comment to let me know. ** Limit 1 entry per person. **
Bonus (optional) entry #2: Subscribe to the Joy of Kosher email list and then leave a separate comment on this post telling me that you did. To subscribe, follow the directions on this page. ** Limit 1 entry per person. **
The giveaway ends at midnight EST on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014. Three winners will be chosen (one from North America, one from Israel, and one from Europe) via random.org and notified by email. If you’re related to me, sorry, you’re not eligible. (You are, however, invited for dinner anytime.)
Disclaimer: Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller provided me with a copy of Joy of Kosher and they are sponsoring this giveaway, but as always, my opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.