It is right before Rosh Hashanah and a month of invitations to lunches, dinners and endless gatherings. Most hostesses, like myself, enjoy the opportunity to cook, bake, tend the bar and set the perfect table decor.
You don’t want to walk in empty-handed. I always tell everyone the perfect hostess gift is a cookbook, especially one of the new kosher ones.
This is me when someone brings me food after I prepared the entire meal, and extras to take home if desired:
Except…. when people insist on bringing something and actually think about something I will actually like and use, cookbooks.
Most holidays, traditional foods like brisket and honey cake highlight menus. But, with kosher palates yearning for upscale trendy dishes, and chefs trying to create the dishes they are eating at restaurants like Doma and Tierra Sur, kosher feasts feature much more than grandma’s chicken soup and a potato kugel.
Two new cookbooks offer tempting recipes that are easy to prepare with ingredients in your pantry.
Either one or both are great gifts for the host, a great bridal shower gift or even a great present to yourself.
Both books have over 100 recipes, beautiful pictures and serving tips.
VARIATIONS: Simple and Delicious Dishes. Two Ways.
By the author of The Silver Platter cookbooks, Daniella Silver
According to Silver, “l wrote Variations because I felt it’s time to change things up,” Daniella says. “I want readers to get creative with the foods they prepare by understanding that a recipe can be versatile in preparation or presentation.”
Each recipe in the book includes a “variation” of that recipe. These variations present a different way to showcase the main recipe; they often include additional ingredients, shown in bold type, to make a completely new dish. The photo on each page displays both the main recipe and the variation, so home cooks can see how each of them will look after they have been prepared.
“I am so excited to share this new cookbook with everyone. I am not a chef. What I like to call myself is a creative cook. I enjoy using simple ingredients, color, and texture, while incorporating versatility. I hope Variations redefines how we think about cooking and allows people to be more creative in the kitchen
A Complete Culinary Collection for All Your Kosher Cooking
By Rivky Kleiman
Photography by Moshe Wulliger
Simply Gourmet features over 135 recipes from appetizers, salads, and brunch, lunch & beyond, to soups, fish, meat, poultry sides, and desserts. Each of Rivky’s recipes is beautiful to serve, delicious to eat, and, with its clear instructions and easily available ingredients, so simple to prepare!
“Life has become so fast paced that one aspect of my goal in creating this cookbook is to alleviate the stress of feeding families in record time,” Rivky says. “I wrote this cookbook after being urged by friends and readers for a complete cookbook with easy, doable recipes that simply work! My style and niche have always been traditional leanings with an updated twist. I tried very hard to develop recipes that will work with our very fast-paced society, where the average home cook has the desire to turn out nutritious and delicious meals but always is short on time.”
“I am so excited to share this new cookbook with everyone. I am not a chef. What I like to call myself is a creative cook. I enjoy using simple ingredients, color, and texture, while incorporating versatility. I hope Variations redefines how we think about cooking and allows people to be more creative in the kitchen.”
Always busy with my clients and friends, both cookbooks are helping me rethink my usual Sukkot menus. I really like some of the soup and side dishes shared the books. Or, get inspiration to create your own recipes, using the cookbooks as a guide to fulfill your menus.
Best of all, each time I use the cookbooks, I will always think fondly about the people and day I received the gift.
Both books are available through amazon and local book stores everywhere. Both authors can be found on Instagram.
As this will be my last article before Rosh Hashanah, I want to wish all of my followers a healthy, happy and joyous New Year.
Cindy Grosz is a Jewish activist who promotes projects, products and awareness to everything Israel and of international Jewish concern. She represents celebrity spokespeople who speak up for and about Israel. She is also a contributor and Co-host on The Jersey Joe Show 710AM WOR, Sunday nights at 7 EST, or available anytime, anywhere through iHeart Radio.