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Kosher Elegance: The Art of Cooking with Style
The Art of Cooking with Style
By Efrat Libfroind
Feldheim Publishers, (2011)
By Anna Dogole - May 31, 2011
Efrat Libfroind is a professional, Israeli pastry chef whose new cookbook, Kosher Elegance contains a collection of eye-popping, tummy pleasing dishes that you can confidently and proudly serve not only to your kids, but also to any visiting royalty that happens to pass by. Kosher Elegance is a gorgeous, coffee-table styled book filled with countless, full page photographs of the numerous mouth-watering dishes. The photographs were taken by Shiran Carmel, and they are works of art, in and of themselves, so even if you don't cook, you can enjoy simply looking at all these wonderful pictures.
This book was originally published in Hebrew under the title Efrat Libfroind Magishah, and this edition was translated into English by Brocha David. Although Libfroind is a renowned pastry chef, she is also an excellent all-around cook. A plus for a mother raising six children! Most important, for non-professional cooks, Libfroind is also a cooking instructor, and she brings her years of experience as a chef, mother, and teacher to the writing of this must-have kosher cookbook.
This is a well-rounded cookbook, with recipes fit for any occasion, no matter how casual or formal it is. Unlike most cookbooks', which have the recipes organized into categories such as salad, main dishes, and desserts, this cookbook takes a more eclectic approach. Chapters in this cookbook sport titles such as Sophistication, Occasions, Brunch, Hors D'Oeuvres, Layers, Simplicity, "Sushi," Temptation, and my favorite chapter, Chocolate. (At the end of the book you'll find a recipe index organized by main ingredients so you can easily find what you are looking for if you don't want to browse through the book.) While this cookbook is heavy on dessert and party type dishes, you'll also find plenty of recipes that you can use as 'main dishes' including:
Don't like fish? Then be sure not to overlook the "Sushi" chapter, as this unique chapter includes a variety of dishes that look in some degree like Sushi rolls, yet only a few of them include fish! These include such dishes as:
- Beef Medallions and Pears in Wine Sauce
- Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Hazelnuts and Cranberries
- Teriyaki Salmon on a Bed of Broccoli Puree
As you browse through the collection of recipes you'll also find recipes for salads, soups, drinks, bread and other cookbook staples.
- Eggplant Roll-Ups with Cashew, Cheese, and Herb Filling
- Salmon Mousse and Roasted Pepper Roll-Ups
- Pastrami Roll-Ups with Couscous Salad and Pepper Filling
- Root Veggie Roll-Up with Zucchini and Turkey Roll
Best of all, the recipes are intuitively laid out, they are easy to follow, and Libfroind is careful to explain any difficult or unusual cooking techniques that you might need to master before completing a given dish. Following her instructions and tips, even a novice cook should be able to duplicate these recipes with a high degree of success.
Beautiful, practical, and easy to use, this cookbook is perfect for gift giving and ideal for both established families that do a lot of entertaining, as well as for newlyweds who are just starting out. In short, Kosher Elegance is a must-have cookbook for anyone who cooks kosher.
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