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Kosher by Design: Short on Time
Fabulous Food Faster
By Susie Fishbein
Photography by John Uher
Artscroll/Shaar Press - Mesorah Publications, New York: 2006
ISBN 10: 1-57819-072-X
ISBN 13: 978-1-57819-072-0

Reviewed by Simon Bonim - October 8, 2007

From the author of Kosher by Design comes a requisite cookbook for everyone on the go. Entitled, Kosher by Design: Short on Time, this cookbook by Susie Fishbein offers up a tasty selection of kosher dishes that are both easy and quick to prepare. This gorgeously illustrated cookbook contains 140 new recipes, each of which is accompanied by a picture of the finished dish.

The recipes in this collection are international in scope, and they included both modern and traditional dishes. The reason that these recipes are quicker to prepare than those in the previous books in the Kosher by Design series, is that in this book Fishbein saves times by using small amounts of pre-prepared or canned ingredients to shorten the cooking and preparation times for each dish. Some of these time saving ingredients include items such as frozen puff-pastry dough, canned pumpkin, store-bought salad dressing, boil in a bag rice, and similar ingredients that you can easily replace with home made versions if you have the time to cook from scratch. In addition, Fishbein also offers advice and tips on the intricacies of kosher cooking, how to modify and vary recipes, and tips on presentation and serving of the various dishes. Most important, her instructions are clear and easy to follow making these recipes accessible to both novice and seasoned cooks alike.

The recipes in this volume are organized thematically, covering traditional categories such as appetizers, soups, salads, poultry, meat, slow cooker recipes, side dishes, deserts, and a category combining fish and pasta dishes. There is also a chapter on Quick and East Table Décor that provides tips on dressing up your table for all occasions, and another chapter on cooking 'additives' that can enhance many dishes, such as pesto, oven-dried tomatoes, croutons, caramelized onions, roasted garlic, thick caramel, and caramelized nuts. In addition to explaining how to prepare these 'additives' she also offers suggestions on how they can be used in your cooking.

Kosher by Design: Short on Time is an ideal cookbook for anyone on the go, and it is a perfect gift for students, newlyweds, and singles living on their own. The recipes are mouth-watering just to read, and the dishes taste just as good as they look in the pictures. If you are familiar with the Kosher by Design series, you already know how wonderful these cookbooks are, and now, with Kosher by Design: Short on Time, you can prepare gourmet styled kosher meals in minutes! For example, there is a recipe in the book for kishka-stuffed chicken that takes only 40 minutes to make - and that includes both prep and cooking time! And another for Blackened Veal Chops with Black-Eyed Pea Ragout that takes only 30 minutes, and the list just goes on!

To give you a sampling of the scope of this cookbook, here are a few of the recipes that you'll find within its pages...
The other cookbooks in this series include:
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