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Quick & Kosher - Recipes From The Bride Who Knew Nothing [Hardcover]

Jamie Geller
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Book Description

November 13, 2007
The only cookbook that wants to get you out of the kitchen!

This is the hilarious story of Jamie Geller, a spunky young TV exec who came into marriage and kosher cooking without knowing a spatula from a saucepan. Determined to master cooking, yet pressed for time, she was dismayed to find that most cookbooks consider an hour of preparation time quick, and presumed more culinary skill than many of us have. So Jamie set out to compile her own special collection of quick and easy recipes and Quick & Kosher is the result of her quest.

This one-of-a-kind cookbook contains more than 160 recipes requiring no more than 15 minutes to prepare, 120 full-color photos, clear step-by-step instructions, reliable prep and cooking times, tips and techniques, and advice on pairing wines with various dishes. Recipes range from traditional to exotic, and are well indexed and cross-referenced.

Several special sections such as Setting up Your Kitchen, Secrets of the 15-Minute Chef and Shopping Like an Expert are the result of extensive insider interviews with food professionals who helped facilitate Jamie's path to culinary mastery. These sections offer practical answers to the questions you've always wanted to ask: how do I buy meat, fish, produce, groceries, and wine?

Is this a cookbook? An autobiography? A kitchen handbook for brides? It is all of these and more, for Quick & Kosher will amuse, inspire and teach even skilled cooks a thing or two. I wrote Quick & Kosher says Jamie Geller, because you and I are in the same boat. We want to serve up something tantalizing for dinner, but between kids, careers, and carpools, we have no time to patchka!


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About the Author

Jamie Geller is the debut host of Simply Kosher, a new cooking series launched by the Orthodox Union website. She is a freelance producer for HBO and the Food Network. She is also a nationally syndicated food and lifestyle columnist, Jamie's articles have appeared domestically and internationally via the Jewish Press (America s largest independent Jewish weekly newspaper); American Jewish Life, The 5 Towns Jewish Times, Mother's Helper Magazine and online. She and her husband have two daughters, with a third on the way. They live in Monsey, NY.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Feldheim (November 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583309608
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583309605
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 9.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #563,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple Kosher Staples December 31, 2007
Format:Hardcover
You aren't going to find any "OMG WOW" recipes in here. Maybe one or two. But what you will find are staple kosher dishes with really really easy and tastey ingredients.
Yes some of the recipes may seem like no brainers "duck sauce, ketchup & pepper flakes" over chicken. But I remember when I knew NOTHING in the kitchen and that would have been a help.
Teaching me how to make a loaf of gefilte fish..while for some people this may seem like a no-brainer..there was a time when I needed to be taught how.
This cookbook will teach you ALL those "kosher food basics" and even toss in a few more. (curried coconut couscous.. it was AMAZINGly delicious).
I am now an experienced cook, used to making complicated and interesting recipes that use 3 pieces of equipment and an array of pots and pans. I look forward to trying out more of these recipes which bring back the days of learning how to "boil water".
Don't be fooled though.. the recipes may be simple.. but from the looks of them.. they will be YUMMY!
If you are looking for more "original" and "inventive" recipes.. you might try to Susie Fishbein cookbooks. (Be prepared to pull out all your pots and pans..)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely quick and kosher March 6, 2008
Format:Hardcover
I'm pretty surprised to see such negative reviews since I love it. The recipes are short and simple and even though some are "non-recipes" (like the ducksauce chicken) they are good to have on hand for when you absolutely positively only have time to slather some duck sauce on some chicken. The book is for busy people who enjoy cooking but don't want to spend eternity in the kitchen. Try it- you'd be surprised how tasty some of the non-recipes are! By the way, there are plenty of actual recipes in there too and everything I've made so far was a big hit. Another bonus is that most of the recipes are accompanied by a picture- very helpful- and appealing.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Cookbook July 8, 2008
Format:Hardcover
I don't know why people have bashed this cookbook - I absolutely love it, and I am an experienced cook! I made my entire Shabbat from this and everyone raved over the recipes. I made the Oniony Chicken, the stew with the flanken and bean soup mixes (I wasn't able to cook it the full 3 hours and it was STILL excellent!), and the Aroz con Pollo. All were excellent and exceptionally easy.

I find Jamie's humor comforting and warm and I just thoroughly enjoyed using this cookbook for the first time this week. I loved her honesty and wit.

Truly an excellent cookbook that I will reach for time and time again. Thank you Jamie Geller! :)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy, Delicious Recipes and Entertaining Too! November 24, 2007
Format:Hardcover
As a working mom who is also a grandma of eight, I picked up this book because of the title - quick and kosher. Not only are the recipes quick to prepare, they are creative and delicious. So far, my famly has enjoyed a different salad every night and although the Chilled Salmon with Dijon Dipping Sauce is listed under the appetizers - I served it as a main course and received rave reviews. And by the way, the author's stories are as entertaining as the recipes are delicious!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an autobiographical cookbook November 14, 2007
Format:Hardcover
What a novel cookbook! It's both a cookbook and a funny, warm, true story about a Jewish bride who found herself lost in the kitchen and decided to take matters into her own hands, learning what she could about how to cook.It is a beginners book for new cooks with all the helpful hints they will need. It is a refreshing review for experienced cooks who have perhaps forgotten some very fundamental recipes. The recipes are extremely clear; the photos are beautiful and allow you to see what the finished product will look like. The added chapters on wine and shopping are informative and represent the total food experience that one is looking for when planning a special meal.With so many cookbooks on the market, it's certainly fun to find one that is humorous as well as informative. signed, an old cook ready to learn new tricks
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What a disappointment! January 18, 2008
Format:Hardcover
I own many outstanding kosher cookbooks, so was looking forward to this one -- only to be grossly disappointed.

Although the book is large, much of that is white space, and the print is small and faint. (The pale green is almost invisible, and the pale black not much better. I guess the publisher was trying to prevent people from photocopying recipes, but gypping those who paid big bucks for the oversized book is grossly unfair.)

One problem with the recipes is that they call for either weight or cups, rather than X cups (Y ounces), which proves very helpful when you're purchasing the items and don't know how many cups are in a can, or how many vegetables will produce x cups. This is an easy step which anyone charging this much for a book should have taken.

In a similar vein, the book should either give precise sizes or define a "medium-sized" bowl/pan. Those of us seeking "quick and easy" don't want to have to wash an extra bowl or pan because the first one was the wrong size -- and such decisions are subjective, usually based upon how large our families were.

It also seems as though almost every recipe calls for mayonnaise. However, no variations were cited for this or anything else. I, myself, like to know what other options would work.

Likewise, a disproportionate number of recipes call for commercial puff paste ... simple recipes you can find in most cookbooks, and for which you wouldn't even need a cookbook.

The book would have been fine had it been printed in a clear typeface, cited variations rather than padding it with umpteen similar ways to use commercial puff pastry, and charged a normal price. $34.99 is a ridiculously high sum to charge for white space.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This book is great. I bought it as a gift and the recipient really enjoys using it and perusing it.
Published 9 months ago by Moses Sutton
5.0 out of 5 stars A great basic in your kitchen
Jamie's recipes are certainly basic, but I think that is a good thing! Her recipes are easy and require ingredients you're likely to have in your kitchen. Read more
Published on January 9, 2012 by sahl
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cookbook and Autobiography
Quick and Kosher recipes from the bride who knew nothing.

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Published on May 25, 2011 by Sunny June
4.0 out of 5 stars easy recipes
I found this book to have many easy and tasty recipes. Yes, some of them are very basic but there are quite a few newer ones that are really good.
Published on November 5, 2010 by Ruth
5.0 out of 5 stars cookbook
This a very good cookbook.It has many recipes that are easy to make. Everything comes out just like they say it will. Good book as a gift.
Published on September 15, 2009 by Charlotte E. Rich
2.0 out of 5 stars Quick & Kosher - Recipes from the Bride Who Knew Nothing
Book was sold as new, but was missing the jacket and the spine was torn at the top.
Otherwise the book is excellent as far as the recipes.
Published on August 19, 2009 by AVS
5.0 out of 5 stars Bridal shower gift
Was not there at the shower to see bride's reaction, and don't really know if she actually DOES NOT KNOW anything about cooking. (She is daughter of friends). Read more
Published on July 9, 2009 by Bella Scharf
4.0 out of 5 stars nice book
I like the book ; it is well- written and even a seasoned cook like I could find some new ideas - which I always like.
Published on October 24, 2008 by N. W de K.,Amsterdam
5.0 out of 5 stars Enthusiasm
Once I purchased this awesome book, six other women who came to my house and perused through it ordered the book, as well.
Published on August 28, 2008 by Carol Kornmehl
5.0 out of 5 stars a must for beginners
bought this cookbook for a friend who just got married. she knew nothing about cooking and makes dinner using recipes of Quick & Kosher all the time. Read more
Published on August 19, 2008 by Rochel Litzman
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More About the Author

Known as the "Queen of Kosher" (CBS) and the "Jewish Rachael Ray" (New York Times), JAMIE GELLER is the founder and chief creative officer of the Kosher Media Network (KMN), publisher of the award-winning JOY of KOSHER with Jamie Geller magazine and JOYofKOSHER.com. She is also host of the JOY of KOSHER with Jamie Geller Chanukah Special on PBS and Create TV and the JOY of ISRAEL with Jamie Geller food and travel show on JLTV and the author of the bestselling JOY of KOSHER and QUICK & KOSHER cookbooks. Jamie has appeared on the TODAY Show, ABC, NBC, CBS, and Martha Stewart Living Radio, and has been featured in Forbes, Family Circle, Cosmopolitan and Chicago Tribune, among many others. One of the most sought-after Jewish food personalities worldwide Jamie and her husband have five fun and fabulous children -- all of which give her plenty of reasons to get out of the kitchen -- fast.

Check out here new book JOY of KOSHER Fast, Fresh Family Recipes in stores now.

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