Whether you're building a personal cookbook collection or searching for the perfect gift for a kosher food lover, you'll find plenty of wonderful choices in this roundup of exceptional kosher cookbooks.
01 of 09
In Hip Kosher: 175 Easy-To-Prepare Recipes for Today's Kosher Cooks, Ronnie Fein offers a contemporary take on kosher cuisine, with recipes that are accessible, fresh, and healthful. Fein also offers a helpful rundown of the Jewish dietary laws, along with menu suggestions and cooking tips.
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02 of 09
June Hersh demystifies meat cookery in The Kosher Carnivore: The Ultimate Meat and Poultry Cookbook, explaining the technique in a simple, straightforward manner. She offers lots of tips on communicating with your butcher, and on adapting recipes with both budget-friendly and splurge-worthy cuts of meat. Best of all, she includes recipes not typically found in kosher cookbooks, such as Korean Kalbi Ribs and Osso Buco. You'll also find a dairy-free Creamed Spinach recipe, and other delectable sides and condiments.
03 of 09
Speaking of recipes not typically found in kosher cookbooks, Kosher Revolution is practically a paean to them. Hocherman and Boehm show readers how to look at any recipe with a chef's eye, to adapt it for the kosher kitchen. They offer recipes for treif doppelgangers like Duck Prosciutto, along with novel takes on traditional foods, such as Peshwari Challah. Stunning photos accompany the recipes and provide lots of inspiration to head into the kitchen.
04 of 09
The Essential Book of Jewish Festival Cooking offers wonderful commentary along with tasty, easy-to-prepare recipes. Authored by two sisters—one a rabbi, the other a food journalist—this is the rare sort of cookbook that illuminates and connects ancient food traditions to modern menus. The pair takes a seasonal approach to holiday cooking while offering insight into lesser-known festivals such as Tu B'Av.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
The IACP finalist and James Beard Award-winning cookbook Olive Trees and Honey: A Treasury of Vegetarian Recipes from Jewish Communities Around the World surveys the amazing breadth of vegetarian culinary traditions from Jewish communities around the world. Maps and historical anecdotes provide background to 300 enticing recipes. With dishes hailing from Alsace to Azerbaijan, and Ethiopia to India, vegetarians and omnivores alike will find plenty to enjoy.
06 of 09
Another James Beard Award winner, The Book of Jewish Food: An Odyssey from Samarkand to New York is an ambitious collection of 800 recipes that chronicles the history and evolution of both Ashkenazic and Sephardic Jewish diaspora cuisine. Roden's tone is both conversational and authoritative; the culinary research she shares is fascinating.
07 of 09
Where Gil Marks and Claudia Roden take a global view of kosher cookery, Joan Nathan turns her eye to France, where Jews have lived for over two millennia, and where a complex, regional Jewish cuisine evolved in concert with traditional French foodways. In Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France, Nathan explores the history of Jews in France, and how Jewish cooks have influenced and been influenced by, the surrounding food culture. She also profiles producers of kosher wine, cheese, and foie gras.
08 of 09
Boasting 210 gorgeous full-color photos, Chic Made Simple certainly qualifies as a coffee table book. But you'll want to keep it in the kitchen, thanks to 185 recipes for kosher cuisine that's "fresh, fast, fabulous." Recipes include Sake-Glazed Salmon with Shiitake and Portobello Mushrooms, Savory Chicken with Papaya Salsa, and Balsamic Grilled Peaches with Basil-Pistachio Ice Cream.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09
The newest cookbook from Kosher Media Network founder Jamie Geller (aka "The Jewish Rachel Ray"), Joy of Kosher: Fast, Fresh Family Recipes features over 200 recipes that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Crystal Clear Chicken Soup with Julienned Vegetables and Angel Hair can become Chicken Noodle Alphabet Soup; Gooey Chocolate Cherry Cake gets made over as Red Wine Chocolate Cherry Heart Cake. Geller's style is warm, funny, and encouraging; thanks to the personal stories she shares, it seems she's reaching across the pages to make friends with her readers.