When I was asked to join the Kosher By Design “Teens and 20-Somethings” review and giveaway, I felt a bit conflicted. On one hand, there were some real benefits to participating in such a campaign. Free awesome cookbook by one of my favorite kosher chefs. Free marketing for JewintheCity.com. The thrill of getting my hands on a sought-out item before it got released to the general public.
On the other hand, what could be worse than being nine months pregnant and forced to thumb through recipe after delicious looking recipe, wanting nothing more than to eat the food right off the glossy pages themselves, yet having no energy to actually prepare it?
In hindsight, I should have only joined this promotion if Susie Fishbein agreed to come to my home and personally prepare the dishes of my choosing. But alas, since I never negotiated such terms I am stuck reviewing this cookbook on an empty – well not really empty, but more like unsatisfied – belly.
These recipes are almost all winners, and I can tell you that without having tried a single one. After having made countless dishes in the Kosher By Design series since the very first one came out (I own every edition except for “Kids in the Kitchen” since I personally try to keep my kids out of the kitchen) I can attest to the fact that Susie delivers nearly every time.
In fact, I got so spoiled with how well the KBD recipes turn out that I foolishly assumed that all cookbooks must be this good. So, several years ago, I picked up another cookbook on a whim while browsing through a Judaica store one day. In contrast to KBD, the recipes I tried from this other kosher cookbook flopped again and again until I finally gave up and designated it as a paperweight.
I’m hoping to not have to cook for a while, but when I do, the Molten Deep-Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies – with the chocolate oozing off the page – will probably be one of the first recipes I try. (I’ve heard that chocolate is an essential component to a nursing mother’s diet.)
Until then, anyone and everyone with a kosher kitchen is welcome to make my family some post-partum meals using any of Susie’s 900 recipes, which you can download for free at: http://bit.ly/KBDrecipeindex
Now for the promotional bit: The winner of the JITC KBD giveaway is Karen Rubin Brown who will get a free copy of “Teens and 20-Somethings” mailed to her shortly.
For the rest of you, you can still get some savings as Artscroll is offering a 10% discount and free shipping on this cookbook in the continental U.S. Just visit ArtScroll.com and enter the coupon code KBDBLOG at checkout.