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Quick & Kosher: Meals in Minutes
Quick & Kosher: Meals in Minutes
By Jamie Geller
Feldheim Publishers, 2010
Reviewed by Simone Bonim - March 10, 2011
When Jamie Geller married, she admittedly knew nothing about cooking - so she set out to learn everything she needed to know. In her first cookbook, Quick & Kosher: Recipes From the Bride Who Knew Nothing, Geller offered up a selection of easy to prepare, basic Kosher recipes that would be suitable for use by singles on their own, and newlyweds just setting up housekeeping. She admits that she is still learning and does on occasion makes mistakes in the kitchen - in other words, she is a real cook and understands the problems that you may face in the kitchen. As well, she has also discovered that as the years have progressed, and her family has grown, that she has even less time to cook than she did before - and she is cooking for an entirely new audience - her children! Consequently, Geller is back with her second cookbook, in which she shares a cornucopia of really quick and easy to prepare Kosher recipes that are sure to please every member of your household, both young and old.
Perfectly suited as both a coffee table book and a workhorse cookbook, her new cookbook, Quick & Kosher: Meals in Minutes features stunning photos of most of the finished dishes, with the illustrations located on the pages facing the actual recipes. In all this book includes 134 full colored photographs along with 217 all new recipes, along with wine recommendations, suggestions for side-dishes and other accompaniments for the main dish, along with cooking tips, menu suggestions, and questions and answers on a number of topics including wine and cheese. The recipes are organized into four categories, 20 minute meals, 40 minute meals, 60 minute meals, and holiday meals. These times are for what it will actually take you to prepare the meal, from the required prep work to actually serving the dish!
Each recipe includes a notation on how many people the particular dish serves and when applicable, a tip or two on multi-tasking while preparing the dish is given along with tips on saving time. Each recipe also includes a list of ingredients needed to create the dish and easy to follow directions on how to prepare the dish, along with plating tips. A recommended wine is also listed along with each recipe, along with wine selection tips that serve to give you a solid introduction into how to select a wine for any meal.
The recipes in this cookbook run the gamut from traditional kids styled fare such as Tex-Mex Mac and Cheese and Chicken Tacos to dishes suitable for company, such as Veal Scallopini with Tomato Chutney and Baby Lamb Chops with Red Wine Sauce. In between you'll find dishes for just about every occasion and taste, from Lamb Meatballs in Pita and Mediterranean Jack Omelet to Quick Gazpacho to Banana Chocolate Parfait.
While the bulk of the recipes in this cookbook would count as main dishes, you'll also find a nice selection of snack foods and sandwiches, deserts, drinks, side dishes, soups, and salads. Best of all, Quick & Kosher: Meals in Minutes is a fun book to cook from, and to read. Geller has filled the book with insights into her own life and cooking style, along with tips on how to cook with kids underfoot - and how to remain calm in the kitchen, both when cooking disasters occur and when you suddenly find yourself cooking for five unexpected guests! I highly recommend this cookbook to anyone looking for tips and recipes on how to cook tasty, eye appealing meals in a short period of time. It is ideal not only for those cooking for large families, but also for those just learning to cook or who have just starting housekeeping on their own. The recipes are easy to prepare, and even novice cooks should have not problem creating these dishes. Most important, no matter what your home life is like, there are always days when you need to fix a meal quickly - and with this cookbook you'll find a nice selection of recipes from which to choose from, no matter how many people you are cooking for.
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