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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Mesorah Publications Ltd.; First Edition edition (November 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578191173
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578191178
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 8.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #686,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The recipes are easy to follow and they taste amazing.
hi2galit
I was expecting a book with trimmed down versions of recipes typical Jewish cook books like kugel and brisket but this book is much more than that.
Lena
The definitions, food substitutes, and ideas for entertaining make this cookbook universal - a great addition for any kitchen.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Vernon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a sumptuous, imaginative cookbook, while at the same time keeping nutritional values high on its list of priorities. I have never seen such healthy meals with such beautiful presentations, and so lusciously delicious to the taste.

Most of the recipes are very unique, and they will take your breath away as you read the ingredients, with their marvelous blend of flavors, and look at the wonderful photography. But wait until you try them! If you want to impress your friends or family with a fabulous meal, make them something from this book.

Another plus considering our busy lives is that the recipes are not complicated to prepare. All the recipes are relatively easy to make (some of them incredibly easy), and don't take long to get from kitchen to table. The ingredients are few compared to the long lists that accompany many gourmet recipes, and make no mistake, these meals may be healthy and simple, but they are also gourmet deluxe in taste and looks.

When you see "Kosher" on a book title, you might think "Jewish food," but these creations have the flavors of the world, with many delectable Asian, Italian, Mexican, and other international dishes, as well as Middle Eastern fare, and even a knock-your-socks-off burger.

My main interest in getting this book was for the soups, and they exceeded my expectations. Those on a budget will really appreciate these wonderful bowls of goodness. Some of them will cost you next to nothing, like the Peasant Soup, Cabbage Soup, and Velvety Roasted Vegetable Barley. Put them together with the incredible Honey Oat Challah, and you will be in gastronomical heaven.

The book has a superb layout, starting with Supermarket Savvy to descriptions of the healthy ingredients that are used in the recipes.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By LawyerMom on November 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is my sixth Susie Fishbein cookbook. If that doesn't attest to the quality of her recipes, layouts, ideas, advice, and book quality, I don't know what else would.

Kosher chefs spend more time in the kitchen preparing elaborate family meals than your average American. Combine that with the constraints of finding quality kosher ingredients, the time limitations in that most of us lead busy lives today, the fact that you still want to provide eye-catching, yet delicious meals when entertaining guests, AND the fact that you want to provide a more healthy lifestyle for your family....well, that's a pretty big expectation to live up and Susie Fishbein delivers.

I was afraid that I was going to receive a cookbook full of salads and pictures of measly portions of sad-looking tofu. But Fishbein has taken managed to keep sight of her heimishe audience by providing savory recipes with fish, chicken, and beef dressed up with gourmet flavors in a healthy preparation. As it true with most of Fishbein's books, you'll find recipes for foods not often found at your neighborhood shabbos tables (polenta pie, miso or udon soup, or vietnamese summer rolls) but she provides plenty of helpful tips on where to find these more exotic ingredients with kosher supervision. Meanwhile, you'll still find pot roast, london broil, roast turkey, stir fry, lasagna, and dessert -- for those of your eaters who are wary of foreign or healthy foods.

I will warn you that many of her recipes are more elaborate, often with a dozen or so ingredients. But between this book and my Kosher by Design Short of Time cookbook, I've been able to find a nice balance and make a menu where the dishes are healthy, delicious, and not going to kill me right before shabbos.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By BermudaOnion VINE VOICE on November 20, 2008
Format: Hardcover
When Kosher By Design Lightens Up by Susie Fishbein was delivered, I don't know who was more excited - me or Carl. We both enjoyed looking through it. The first few pages of the book explain how to keep a kosher kitchen and make healthy choices in your eating habits. There is a section with definitions and explanations of flours, sugars, oils, etc. The section on entertaining has some great ideas.

The reason you buy a cookbook is for the recipes, though, and this one has some great ones. I cooked the Cabbage Soup this weekend and the recipe is simple and easy to follow. The soup was delicious! There's a picture with every recipe, and the recipes use ingredients that are easy to find. The directions are clear and concise. The recipes in this book are for food that your family will eat - things like Italian Pot Roast, Enchiladas, Salmon Burgers, and Blueberry Pancakes just to name a few. There is an emphasis on making the dishes healthier. There are a lot of recipes that I want to try like the Greek Frittata Ring, Multigrain Pasta with Roasted Red Pepper Pesto and Frozen Pumpkin Pie.

You can see some sample pages here. It's not necessary to be Jewish (I'm not) or keep a kosher kitchen (I don't) to enjoy this beautiful book. This is a great cookbook for beginners and pros alike.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Regina Goldman on December 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The cookbooks looks good but I was disappointed that there's no calorie count for the recipes. This is supposed to be a "cooking light" cookbook.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sheri S. VINE VOICE on December 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Rating: 4.5 stars

I am already a big fan of Susie Fishbein's cookbooks and I'm glad to say that her latest one, Kosher By Design Lightens Up, does not disappoint. You definitely don't need to be kosher to appreciate these recipes however I do keep a kosher home so this book was especially practical for me.

For starters, the colorful photographs alone are beautiful and looked very appetizing! The recipes are all very healthy, as promised, but most importantly their taste is not compromised because of it. All recipes that were attempted turned out really well, such as the wheat germ crusted chicken cutlets and the teriyaki butternut squash rounds.

The book includes a great deal of helpful information about nutrition. There is a section that explains supermarket labels, another with clear definitions of food-related items and even a chart listing superfoods with their properties and health benefits. I also really liked the section describing gadgets for healthy cooking. There was clearly a lot of research done for this book which I really appreciated. Another fun part of the book is the ideas provided for entertaining, such as hosting a tasting party and having a spritzer bar.

My mom also loved the cookbook and here are some of her thoughts on it:

"The informational and educational aspects of this cookbook are astounding!"

"Some recipes have an international flare to them and they combine ingredients that you wouldn't have thought of pairing together but the results are wonderful"

"The side dishes are especially unique and tasty"

The only problem that I had with the recipes was that many of them have nuts, which I needed to try to find substitutes for because there is a nut allergy in the family. Asides from that I really enjoyed this book's recipes and all of the valuable nutritional information provided.
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