The New Kosher is a down-to-earth cookbook by a chef who is all about producing deliciousness in her cozy kitchen. Her introduction warms the heart of the reader who will find these recipes relatively simple, adaptable and accessible, suitable for anyone — kosher or not — and including pareve, dairy and meat dishes.
Kim’s recipes are tried and true, many requiring fewer than 6 ingredients. Her stated goal is not perfection, but rather comfort and love in every bite of the family dining experience. She fully understands the lifestyle of the busy mom and often works with whatever ingredients happen to be at hand. The recipes are headed by “Kim’s Essentials,” the author’s go-to foods which she always has ready to munch on in her own home. These are followed by 8 more chapters: Butter & Brunch, Soups & Dips, More Than Salad, From the Sea, All About Chicken, Beef and Brawn, Grains, Vegetables & Sides, Favorite Sweets, and an Index.
Some of my favorites are the recipes for dark chocolate, coconut & olive oil granola; homemade pita chips with za’atar; one-pot chicken soup with seasonal vegetables; spinach and feta quiche with heirloom tomatoes; lazy but crispy fish; grilled fish with dill-yogurt sauce; crispy smashed za’atar potatoes; and crunchy-chewy-nutty “health” cookies, to name a few. There are plenty of chicken and beef recipes as well, easy to make and share with your loved ones.
Kim believes sharing meals is one of the greatest pleasures in life, and so much better when the chef can relax and enjoy them as well. The photography by Kate Sears is yummy, too!