Review of the cookbook you could win

  I have to admit, I have been 20-something for some time, so I do not make up the target audience for Kosher by Design: Teens and 20-Somethings. As a parent, though, I do have access to some teens.  So I had a couple of my daughters look it over.  Kosher by Design: Teens and 20-Something  is a beautifully presented book. Glossy, full color  photos -- one full page for each of the 100 recipes plus additional one for the party/entertaining ideas section at the end -- showcase the recipes and ideas to great effect and make a very attractive book.

The illustrations, certainly, do inspire this groups to call out, "Let's make this!"  Some of the recipes are very easy to prepare from basic ingredients, like Salami and Egg Scramble, White Graham Clusters, and the aptly named Easy Fudge.  My daughter tackled the Chocolate Chocolate Chip Sticks, which delivered a rich, chocolate flavor, and the Peanut Butter and Banana French Toast.  The latter recipe she adapted for one serving, so we did not all sample it, but she maintains it was good.

While the cookbook includes a section entitled "Healthy Eating Tips," followed by "Special Diet Needs" to explain the codes included for nut-free, gluten-free, etc.  the recipes themselves do not include nutrition facts like calories, fat, saturated fat, carbohydrate, and salt content, which would have been good information to have for planning a healthful menu beyond the general guideline of including some vegetables and proteins, along with carbohydrates in a meal.

For the cooks who fall into the 20-something category,  there are also far more ambitious dishes to appeal to a more sophisticated palate and cook like Portobello Burgers, Mushroom-Crusted Roast Beef, or Garlic Rosemary Filet Split.  That recipe calls for Worcestershire sauce, so the book contains a warning about the level of fish found in the sauce given the kosher concern of mixing fish and meat.  What surprised me, though, was that there is no warning among the recipes that call for Parmesan cheese that hard cheese (as Parmesan may be categorized, according to some authorities) requires a 6 hour wait until one can have meat or poultry dishes.  There are, actually, a surprising number of dairy dishes here, including soups, pasta, vegetables, quiches, and desserts.  Kosher cookbooks tend to stay more on the parve side, so if you want some inspiration for special occasion dairy meals, you may want to try some of the utterly tempting looking recipes, like No-Bake Dulce de Leche Cheesecake or the Chocolate Tart in Pretzel Crust.

You may want to consider this attractive book as a gift for someone who already possesses cooking skills and would like some inspiration beyond the standard meat and potatoes dishes of heimish style kosher cookbooks.

*To save 10% on the cover price of $29.99 and get FREE shipping in the continental U.S (perfect if you want to send out the book as a gift to someone who is not close to home), be sure to  enter the coupon code KBDBLOG at checkout at at –.. Find more reviews and giveaway contests at Kosher by Design Teens &; 20-Somethings: cooking for the next generation aimed at the young and digital-savvy fast-food generation and those who cook for them. Susie Fishbein loves to share her passion for cooking and entertaining with friends and family. Her enthusiasm for food and entertaining led to the creation of her best-selling cookbook, Kosher by Design, published in 2003 by ArtScrollShaar Press. For more recipes and updates, visit the blog or connect with  Facebookand Twitter.

To enter to win a FREE copy delivered right to you, enter by filling out the survey at Win a Kosher by Design Cookbook!     In order to be eligible, the the email should include some feedback on Kallah Magazine, specifically in response to the latest issue, at can also enter via comment. Facebook member can add themselves to the people listed at and leave a helpful comment on the wall.    

** Note you could see another review by Mother in Israel and another contest entry at
And another review from Israel from Batya Medad at  You can see the recipe for carrot sticks in the review by Miriyummym who bounced it off some teens and twentysomethings, at

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