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Kosher by Design Entertains: Fabulous Recipes for Parties and Every Day Hardcover – March 1, 2005

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Building on her popular Kosher by Design, Fishbein leads readers through an array of extremely doable kosher options, covering finger foods to main dishes to desserts, while giving suggestions for organizing a menu, decorating a table and serving foods. International offerings like Pesce Arrabbiatta, Moroccan Short Ribs, and Caribbean Jerk Chicken appear alongside variations on familiar classics, such as Mexican Gefilte Fish, Strawberry Apple Kugel, and Mexican Brisket. The author is hip to trendy food items such as edamame, olive tapenade, fennel and porcini mushrooms, reinforcing this cookbook's value: yes, every dish is kosher, but far from old-fashioned. Fishbein suggests salmon mousse as an alternative to gefilte fish and uses innovative combinations such as bread pudding with kugel (in Pineapple Challah Kugel). In dishes like Steak and Green Beans with Wasabi Cream Sauce, or Orecchiette with Salmon in Cream Sauce, Fishbein uses nondairy sour cream and cream cheese. She codes each dish parve, meat or dairy, and gives helpful pointers (the Arugula and Pear Salad, for example, "works equally well with Granny Smith apples in place of the pears. Think of the apple option for Rosh Hashana"). Even if readers aren't likely to throw a "Just for Guys" dinner and decorate their table with a "homey, masculine look," or follow Fishbein's other ideas for theme nights, here are plenty of solid recipes perfect for any occasion. Color photos throughout. (Mar.)
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OVER 250 BRAND NEW RECIPES
OVER 200 STUNNING COLOR PHOTOGRAPHS
NINE DIFFERENT PARTY FORMATS COMPLETE WITH MENU SUGGESTIONS

In this enchanting cookbook, best-selling author Susie Fishbein presents fabulous new recipes, imaginative ideas and creative nuances of entertaining that go into unforgettable parties. As in her previous book, Kosher By Design, Susie’s sparkle and expertise make this a delightful, down-to-earth guide you will want to read over and over. The gracefully described settings, the diverse party formats, the luscious cuisine, and of course, the magnificent photography make this a volume you will comb through again and again.

Susie reveals the secrets of how to be a relaxed, successful hostess. Above all, she shows that entertaining at home is easy, gratifying and fun!

The next time you are tempted to pick up the phone to call a caterer, open this book instead. Find the party format that suits you, be inspired by Susie’s creative recipes and abundant suggestions, and apply them to your own occasion. You will emerge with the confidence to provide your family and guests with a warm, memorable occasion that everyone will treasure.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 335 pages
  • Publisher: Mesorah Publications, Limited; Second Printing edition (March 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578194474
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578194476
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 8.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #724,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kosher Palette was great. It was one of the first Kosher cookbooks I've used which featured original dishes with interesting combinations of ingredients, almost all of which were successful. Naturally, I was very excited about Kosher by Design, which was also good, if not quite as great as Kosher Palette.

Kosher by Design Entertains, on the other hand, was disappointing. Many of the recipes seem to be more complicated versions of recipes I already have, and the results are often mediocre. For example, the Balsamic-braised roast is okay, but I have a recipe for Pot Roast in Wine Sauce which is nearly effortless and tastes, if anything, better. I have a Butternut Squash soup recipe which, in my opinion, is way more interesting than the Sweet Potato Soup she raves about, not to mention easier.

I was disappointed in the lack of originality of many recipes. Recipes like "Angel Food Cake," "Apple Kugel," and "Yellow Split Pea Vegetable Soup," while presentable, are not exactly the unique recipes I've come to expect from Susie.

Many of the recipes, in addition to being gratuitously complicated, require equipment that I have neither the budget nor the kitchen space to purchase. I suppose this would not apply to people whose kitchens are not kosher, but as a kosher cook I just can't see investing in a food processor to be used only for meat recipes, or a mini-bundt pan to be used only for dairy recipes.

On a more positive note, the photography is beautiful and the party pages are a lot of fun. Although I'm not the type to throw these kinds of parties (and who is, really -- how realistic are those complicated menus if you're serving a crowd of people?), it's fun to fantasize and enjoy the beautiful pictures.
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If I buy twelve do I get a bakers dozen because my friends keep swiping my copy that I cannot seem to keep one on my shelf?! If you can get past the blinding beauty of this book and start cooking, you would be even more impressed. I have shocked myself at what a great cook I have become because of this fabulous book. The recipes are unusual, interesting and easy. I have never had better soups and I have tried them ALL. I am always looking for new chicken recipes and the Roasted Garlic Chicken stuffed with dried fruit and nuts is my current favorite and out of this world. I love the carefully worded explanantions that go with each recipe and the helpful tips that the author gives. I love the resource guide in the back and I cannot say enough about this book! Do yourself a favor and buy this book...or twelve of them!
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The book is visually stunning and the recipes all work. You do not need to be kosher to use any of Fishbein's cookbooks. the instructions are all clear. I have loads of cookbooks and find myself going back to hers all the time.
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So many great recipes that are beautiful (great presentation), but not so complicated. Love having all the photos and menu ideas. I have been creative and changing some meat recipes to tofu or fish which has still come out great.
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I purchased this book right before Sukkot, at my (21yr. old) daughter's request - before she was due to arrive for the holiday. Not only did it arrive (early) in time for the holiday - but the recipes were great!. We brought one of the salads to a friend for one of the meals, and she insisted on getting the recipe from us. The recipes are doable - and come out delicious. Would definitely recommend this book.
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Like most guys, I never know what to give as a gift. So when my mother's birthday approached, I felt that old tightness in my chest. Then I happened to see this new cookbook. It inspired me. So - I gave it to Mom and I think it made up for all the lousy gifts I gave her over the years - starting with that toad when I was five! She calls me almost daily to tell me what new recipe she tried. And I get invited over to taste test everything now! Thanks, Susie Fishbein. A therapist couldn't have improved things to this degree!
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It is a wonderful cookbook. Most of the recipes are a bit time consuming. There is a salmon and breadcrumb dish that is very easy and to dye for. You have to pick and choose. I meant to get her more basic book.
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Used 2 of the recipes for Rosh Hashana & another 1 for a holiday party. Even if I use only a few, it's a delightful cookbook to peruse for ideas, & the illustrations are beautiful. At the special greatly reduced price, I ordered 3 to give as gifts.
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