Top 10 Best Books to Read in Kosher Cooking - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Kosher Cooking. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Jew-ish: A Cookbook: Reinvented Recipes from a Modern Mensch

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Kosher Cooking - August 2021

A New York Times  bestseller! A brilliantly modern take on Jewish culinary traditions for a new generation of readers, from a bright new star in the culinary world. When you think of Jewish food, a few classics come to mind: chicken soup with matzo balls, challah, maybe a babka if you’re feeling adventurous. But as food writer and nice Jewish boy Jake Cohen demonstrates in this stunning debut cookbook, Jewish food can be so much more.   In  Jew-ish , he reinvents the food of his Ashkenazi heritage and draws inspiration from his husband’s Persian-Iraqi traditions to offer recipes that are modern, fresh, and enticing for a whole new generation of readers. Imagine the components of an everything bagel wrapped into a flaky galette latkes dyed vibrant yellow with saffron for a Persian spin on the potato pancake, best-ever hybrid desserts like Macaroon Brownies and Pumpkin Spice Babka!  Jew-ish  features elevated, yet approachable classics along with innovative creations, such as:  Jake’s Perfect Challah  Roasted Tomato Brisket  Short Rib Cholent  Iraqi Beet Kubbeh Soup  Cacio e Pepe Rugelach  Sabich Bagel Sandwiches, and Matzo Tiramisu.  Jew-ish  is a brilliant collection of delicious recipes, but it’s much more than that. As Jake reconciles ancient traditions with our modern times, his recipes become a celebration of a rich and vibrant history, a love story of blending cultures, and an invitation to gather around the table and create new memories with family, friends, and loved ones.

  • Author: Jake Cohen
  • Publisher: Mariner Books (March 9, 2021)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Regional & International
  • ISBN: 978-0358353980
  • Dimensions: 8 x 0.81 x 9 inches


2. Jerusalem: A Cookbook

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Kosher Cooking - August 2021

A collection of 120 recipes exploring the flavors of Jerusalem from the New York Times bestselling author of Plenty , one of the most lauded cookbooks of 2011. In  Jerusalem , Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi explore  the vibrant cuisine of their home city—with its diverse Muslim, Jewish, and Christian communities. Both men were born in Jerusalem in the same year—Tamimi on the Arab east side and Ottolenghi in the Jewish west. This stunning cookbook offers 120 recipes from their unique cross-cultural perspective, from inventive vegetable dishes to sweet, rich desserts. With five bustling restaurants in London and two stellar cookbooks, Ottolenghi is one of the most respected chefs in the world; in Jerusalem, he and Tamimi have collaborated to produce their most personal cookbook yet.

  • Author: Yotam Ottolenghi
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (October 16, 2012)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Regional & International
  • ISBN: 978-1607743941
  • Dimensions: 8 x 1.1 x 10.9 inches


3. Israeli Soul: Easy, Essential, Delicious

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Kosher Cooking - August 2021

The authors of the James Beard Award-winning Zahav “ mine the melting pot of Israel for the 70-year-old country’s classic meals” ( Publishers Weekly,  starred review).   Co-owners of Philadelphia’s acclaimed Zahav restaurant, Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook go straight to the food of the people—the great dishes that are the soul of Israeli cuisine. Usually served from tiny eateries, hole-in-the-wall restaurants, or market stalls, these specialties have passed from father to son or mother to daughter for generations. To find the best versions, the authors scoured bustling cities like Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Haifa, and sleepy towns on mountaintops. They visited bakeries, juice carts, beaches, even weddings. Their finds include meals in the hand like falafel and pita; juicy, grilled and roasted spice-rubbed meats; stuffed vegetables; a wealth of chopped vegetable salads; a five-minute fluffy hummus with more than two dozen toppings; pastries, ice creams, and shakes. Solomonov has perfected and adapted every recipe for the home kitchen. Each chapter weaves history with contemporary portrayals of the food. Striking photographs capture all its flavor and vitality, while step-by-step how-tos and closeups of finished dishes make everything simple and accessible.    Praise for  Zahav “Solomonov’s food is the genuine cooking that you find all over Israel . . . cooking that bursts with freshly ground spices and complex flavors, from char-edged kebabs to tahini-rich sauces, chewy grains, fresh herbs and rainbows of vegetable salatim, or small cold salads that are the vivid starting point of every meal.”— The New York Times   “The pervasive feeling is one of warmth and commensality and celebration, family-style platters rather than perfect platings, a paean to off-the-cuff pleasures and raucous gatherings.”— Eater

  • Author: Steven K. Cook
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Illustrated edition (October 16, 2018)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Cookbooks, Food & Wine


4. Sababa: Fresh, Sunny Flavors From My Israeli Kitchen: A Cookbook

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Kosher Cooking - August 2021

"We should all be cooking like Adeena Sussman." -- The Wall Street Journal " Sababa is a breath of fresh, sunny air." -- The New York Times In an Israeli cookbook as personal as it is global, Adeena Sussman celebrates the tableau of flavors the region has to offer, in all its staggering and delicious variety In Hebrew (derived from the original Arabic), sababa means "everything is awesome," and it's this sunny spirit with which the American food writer and expat Adeena Sussman cooks and dreams up meals in her Tel Aviv kitchen. Every morning, Sussman makes her way through the bustling stalls of Shuk Hacarmel , her local market, which sells irresistibly fresh ingredients and tempting snacks--juicy ripe figs and cherries, locally made halvah, addictive street food, and delectable cheeses and olives. In Sababa , Sussman presents 125 recipes for dishes inspired by this culinary wonderland and by the wide-varying influences surrounding her in Israel. Americans have begun to instinctively crave the spicy, bright flavors of Israeli cuisine, and in this timely cookbook, Sussman shows readers how to use border-crossing kitchen staples-- tahini, sumac, silan (date syrup), harissa, za'atar---to delicious effect, while also introducing more exotic spices and ingredients. From Freekeh and Roasted Grape Salad and Crudo with Cherries and Squeezed Tomatoes, to Schug Marinated Lamb Chops and Tahini Caramel Tart, Sussman's recipes make a riot of fresh tastes accessible and effortless for the home cook. Filled with transporting storytelling, Sababa is the ultimate, everyday guide to the Israeli kitchen.

  • Author: Adeena Sussman
  • Publisher: Avery (September 3, 2019)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Beverages & Wine
  • ISBN: 978-0525533450
  • Dimensions: 8.24 x 1.23 x 10.19 inches


5. Dinner Done by Between Carpools

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Kosher Cooking - August 2021

What's for Dinner? Is that the question you hear, night after night? And often, are you simply stumped? In this epic collaboration, the team behind Between Carpools, the popular lifestyle site for busy Jewish women, brings you the cookbook you really need with easy-to-prep dinner recipes your family will want to eat! So now you can finally say, "Dinner Done!" Since its inception, fans have turned to Leah Schapira, Victoria Dwek, Renee Muller, Esti Waldman, and Shaindy Menzer - the women behind Between Carpools - for the easy, practical recipes that simply work with their lives. Now, in Dinner Done, the team brings you: 150+ quick-to-prepare, family-friendly dishes that you ll turn to over and over. No pricey, hard-to-find ingredients needed! You already have most ingredients in your pantry! Beautiful photo for every single dish. A full chapter of super-quick, no-mess 9 x 13 recipes prepared directly in the pan in just minutes. Mix, bake, and serve! Chicken, Meat, Fish, and Dairy main dishes, plus lots of easy side dishes, salads, and soups! Yes, there's always room for a sweet treat. Dinner Done also includes the easy, delicious desserts you ll turn to when there's no time to fuss. The Between Carpools team also shares their favorite cooking hacks and tips throughout the book! So, now are you ready to answer the question, "What's for dinner?" It might be the No-Fry Hot Poppers that your boys will beg you to make again and again or a Crispy Chicken that's even better than any takeout or the Meat Pizza That Kids Love that s super easy for mom too or a Maple Salmon that ll make it into the rotation or, of course, No-Pot No-Cream Fettuccine Alfredo that will become your #1 go-to pasta dish.

  • Author: Leah Schapira
  • Publisher: Mesorah Publications Ltd. (November 18, 2020)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Special Diet
  • ISBN: 978-1422627389


6. Good Food: Inspired by my Middle Eastern roots and the places I’ve called home

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Kosher Cooking - August 2021

Sina Mizrahi, recipe writer and photographer of the blog Gather a Table, shares over 160 recipes that incorporate fresh, bold flavors in satisfying meals and sweets. With approachable, vibrant dishes inspired by her Middle Eastern roots, she encourages you to gather around the table to share in the blessing of good food with the people you love. ― Beautiful, flavorful dishes for casual and holiday meals ― Quick, unfussy recipes with additional Instant Pot directions for easy dinners ― Guide to fresh herbs and spices, plus 9 homemade spice blends ― Authentic recipes translated from grandmothers’ dashes and pinches into detailed instructions ― Cooking tips and tricks to help you feel confident and capable in the kitchen

  • Author: Sina Mizrahi
  • Publisher: Mesorah Publications Ltd. (July 19, 2021)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Regional & International
  • ISBN: 978-1422628430


7. The Brisket Chronicles: How to Barbecue, Braise, Smoke, and Cure the World's Most Epic Cut of Meat

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Kosher Cooking - August 2021

Grill master Steven Raichlen shares more than 60 foolproof, mouthwatering recipes for preparing the tastiest, most versatile, and most beloved cut of meat in the world—outside on the grill, as well as in the kitchen. Take brisket to the next level: ’Cue it, grill it, smoke it, braise it, cure it, boil it—even bake it into chocolate chip cookies. Texas barbecued brisket is just the beginning: There’s also Jamaican Jerk Brisket and Korean Grilled Brisket to savor. Old School Pastrami and Kung Pao Pastrami, a perfect Passover Brisket with Dried Fruits and Sweet Wine, even ground brisket—Jakes Double Brisket Cheeseburgers. In dozens of unbeatable tips, Raichlen shows you just how to handle, prep, and store your meat for maximum tenderness and flavor. Plus plenty more recipes that are pure comfort food, perfect for using up leftovers: Brisket Hash, Brisket Baked Beans, Bacon-Grilled Brisket Bites—or for real mind-blowing pleasure, Kettle Corn with Burnt Ends. And side dishes that are the perfect brisket accents, including slaws, salads, and sauces.

  • Author: Steven Raichlen
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (April 30, 2019)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Cookbooks, Food & Wine


8. Ottolenghi: The Cookbook

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Kosher Cooking - August 2021

Available for the first time in an American edition, this debut cookbook, from bestselling authors Yotam Ottolenghi  and Sami Tamimi of Plenty and Jerusalem , features 140 recipes culled from the popular Ottolenghi restaurants and inspired by the diverse culinary traditions of the Mediterranean. Yotam Ottolenghi’s four eponymous restaurants—each a patisserie, deli, restaurant, and bakery rolled into one—are among London’s most popular culinary destinations. Now available for the first time in an American edition and updated with US measurements throughout, this debut cookbook from the celebrated, bestselling authors of Jerusalem  and Plenty features 140 recipes culled from the popular Ottolenghi restaurants and inspired by the diverse culinary traditions of the Mediterranean. The recipes reflect the authors’ upbringings in Jerusalem yet also incorporate culinary traditions from California, Italy, and North Africa, among others. Featuring abundant produce and numerous fish and meat dishes, as well as Ottolenghi’s famed cakes and breads, Ottolenghi invites you into a world of inventive flavors and fresh, vibrant cooking.

  • Author: Yotam Ottolenghi
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; 1st Edition (September 3, 2013)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Regional & International
  • ISBN: 978-1607744184
  • Dimensions: 7.9 x 1.17 x 10.89 inches


9. The Book of Jewish Food: An Odyssey from Samarkand to New York: A Cookbook

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Kosher Cooking - August 2021

A monumental work--the story of the Jewish people told through the story of Jewish cooking--The Book of Jewish Food traces the development of both Ashkenazic and Sephardic Jewish communities and their cuisine over the centuries. The 800 magnificent recipes, many never before documented, represent treasures garnered bu Roden through nearly 15 years of traveling around the world. 50 photos & illustrations.

  • Author: Claudia Roden
  • Publisher: Knopf; 1st edition (November 26, 1996)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Special Diet
  • ISBN: 978-0394532585
  • Dimensions: 7.7 x 1.45 x 9.52 inches


10. The Essential Jewish Baking Cookbook: 50 Traditional Recipes for Every Occasion

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Kosher Cooking - August 2021

Make traditional Jewish baked goods at home Baking is an integral part of Jewish culture and traditions. Whether you're making challah for Shabbat, macaroons for Passover, or babka for family brunch, The Essential Jewish Baking Cookbook helps you capture the essence of traditional Jewish baking in your own kitchen. It’s filled with 50 classic recipes―ones you might remember your bubbe or mom whipping up―with clear instructions to help you make them successfully every time. Inside this Jewish cookbook for home bakers, you’ll find: Your favorite baked goods ―From bagels and bialys to rugelach, kugel, and more, you’ll discover a variety of sweet and savory recipes that are perfect for everyday baking and holidays alike. An intro to Jewish baking ―Gain the knowledge and confidence you need to get started, with guidance on kosher baking, plus essential techniques, tools, and ingredients. Beginner-friendly recipes ―Each recipe includes easy-to-follow directions and uses basic ingredients to ensure you get it right, even if you’ve never tried your hand at Jewish baking before. Discover the joy of Jewish baking with The Essential Jewish Baking Cookbook .

  • Author: Beth A. Lee
  • Publisher: Rockridge Press (August 10, 2021)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Special Diet
  • ISBN: 978-1648765674
  • Dimensions: 7.52 x 0.4 x 9.25 inches