From Publishers Weekly
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, Susies 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 Susies 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.