Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Artisan Jewish Deli At Home | Book Review

I love to cook so I especially love cookbooks that will offer me a wonderful array of delicious items for my family.  It’s even better if there is some connection of faith with the food that I am making.  What better way to get that connection than cooking kosher? 

In the wake of all the Jewish delis popping up everywhere there is a gorgeous cookbook called The Artisan Jewish Deli At Home by Michael C Zusman and Nick Zukin with images from Caren Alpert.  This cookbook will cause your mouth to water so you might want keep a napkin on hand. 

If you don’t live in a big city then you most likely don’t have a Jewish deli around that you can just pop into and pick up some kosher delicacies.  Thanks to this book you don’t have to have one near by, you just need to make your way to your kitchen, after you have made a trip to the store that is. 

Included recipes will help you plan an entire meal from start to finish since they have chapters dedicated to:

Food Basics (all the basics you will need for your meals)
Starters and Sides
Soups and Salads
Eggs, Fish, and Dairy
Bagels, Bialays, and Breads
Pastries Deserts and Drinks

Some of the recipes included in these chapters are Knishes, Dressings, Chicken Schmaltz, Noodle Keegal, Chocolate Babka French Toast, and of course, Bagels and Lox.  Some of the recipes are easy to make while others might take some more dedication and work, but all of them sound and look delicious thanks to the photography by Caren Alpert. 

The thing that I loved though, is that this isn’t just a cookbook.  They have include some history about Jewish cuisine and a list of places to find certain ingredients that might be a little difficult for you to find if you are not in a metropolitan area.  So...it's time to cook up a storm in my kitchen.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.*

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