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5.0 out of 5 stars Luscious, Healthy, and Easy to Prepare Recipes, November 14, 2008
This review is from: Kosher by Design Lightens Up: Fabulous food for a healthier lifestyle (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. It also lists the useful gadgets that will help you in the kitchen and has Ideas for Entertaining. The recipe chapters are: Appetizers; Soups; Salads; Poultry; Meat; Fish; Eggs, Pasta and Dairy; Side Dishes; Desserts. The photography by John Uher is terrific throughout, and also adding to the book with her expertise is Bonnie Taub-Dix, who is spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. "Kosher by Design Lightens Up" is perfect for a Holiday or new house gift, and an absolute must for a new bride.

Susie Fishbein needs no introduction. She has consistently delighted us with her "Kosher by Design" series, and for my money she is The Ultimate Kitchen Diva. Thank you Ms. Fishbein, for this exciting, fabulous cookbook!
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Initial post: Jan 28, 2009 6:34:36 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 28, 2009 6:36:39 PM PST
What a delightful review! Comprehensive, concise and . . . compelling!! Gotta get me this latest in the "KOSHER BY DESIGN" series (especially now that I've lost ten pounds and five inches around my middle!) Yes, here I am world, ready for a new cookbook offering "Fabulous Food for a Healthier Lifestyle." You had me hooked at the start:

"I have never seen such healthy meals with such beautiful presentations, and so lusciously delicious to the taste," [and] "Susie Fishbein, for my money, is The Ultimate Kitchen Diva."

Like this reviewer, I'm a sucker for great new soup recipes, and glad to learn that the ones here,

" . . . 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."

I'm delighted too (like the book's author, I'm sure) to find this review in the "spotlight," where it belongs, as are so many of the beautifully-written, informative reviews from Alejandra Vernon -- still my favorite "Top 20's" reviewer, (among the 5.2 million of us ordinary souls, pouring our hearts out at the world's biggest website). "Go Alex!"

Left a "helpful" -- hope my vote shows up for a change. Just had to say, thanks for a(nother) heads-up on my next cookbook purchase!

Mark Blackburn
Winnipeg Canada
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