If you’re a Jewish homemaker recovering from our annual yom tov feeding frenzy (which includes meal planning, shopping, cooking, serving, cleaning up… and then starting over the next day!) you know that the kugels, soups, roasts and whatever else you’ve been serving don’t magically appear. It takes a lot of hard work to create that elegant table and all that terrific food.
The same holds true for Susie Fishbein’s stunning cookbooks. The first five in the Kosher by Design series broke every sales record for kosher cookbooks – and also broke through the prejudice that kosher cooking couldn’t be gourmet gorgeous. Now, the “Susie Revolution” joins today’s health and nutrition revolution in Kosher by Design Lightens Up.
The hard work of making a cookbook begins early, says Susie. “When I start thinking about a book (usually when I am deep in my previous book) I start making lists that include foods I want to eat. What have I eaten in a restaurant that I want to recreate in my home? What new ingredients have I come across? For this book I had to take a cold, hard look at what I was cooking to see what I wanted to improve on from a health perspective.”
Taking that “look” at the recipes together with Susie was Bonnie Taub-Dix, spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association and award-winning nutrition consultant. “Bonnie added a key layer to this book,” Susie explains. “She commented on every single recipe, pointing out areas that could be lightened up. She confirmed to me that the philosophy of this book was the right one – forget diets, learn what is good for your body, work change in slowly, and eat what you love.”
So what do you get, when Susie’s gourmet eye combines with top nutritional standards? How about some great Citrus London Broil? Or Healthy Deli Rolls and Un-fried Chicken? There’s Green Tea and Applesauce Cake, Tex-Mex Turkey Meatballs, Thai Chicken Soup, Cranberry Couscous. You learn the health benefits of many foods, some familiar, some new and daring: agave nectar, almonds, polenta, blueberries, and –yes! – chocolate.
KBD Lightens Up includes 145 recipes, 160 full-color photos, nutrition information and tips. The only thing missing, says Susie, is chocolate chip cookies. “It just could not be done. I tried eight times, but there was no getting over the need for butter or margarine. I sadly accepted defeat.”
But don’t worry: there’s always pistachio-cherry biscotti instead.
For a look at the table of contents and some super-yummy recipes, click here.
As we approach the last stretch of this year’s Torah reading cycle, ArtScroll has many excellent recommendations to enhance and deepen the study of Sefer Devarim – the Book of Deuteronomy. With selections ranging from classic sources to present-day commentators, from scholarly works to more popular treatments, now is the perfect time to expand your personal or shul library’s study resources of this fifth book of the Torah.
ArtScroll’s inventory on Devarim/Deuteronomy includes:
• The Sapirstein Edition of Rashi
• Call of the Torah by Rabbi Elie Munk
• The Baal HaTurim
• Oznaim L’Torah by Rabbi Zalman Sorotzkin
• Darash Moshe by Rabbi Moshe Feinstein
• Kol Dodi on the Torah by Rabbi Dovid Feinstein
• Pinnacle of Creation by HaRav Henoch Leibowitz
• Studies in the Weekly Parashah Vol 5 by Rabbi Yehudah Nachshoni
• Shabbos with Rabbi Avrohom Pam
• Rabbi Frand on the Parashah
• Twerski on Chumash
• Rabbi Nison Alpert on the Sidrah
• The Torah Treasury by Rabbi Moshe Lieber
• Tze’enah Ur’enah – the Weekly Midrash, translated by Miriam Zakon
• Tales of Tzaddikim Vol 5
• Windows to the Soul by Dr. Michael Bernstein
• Stories My Grandfather Told Me Vol 5 by Zev Greenwald
Also, ArtScroll has just published the Ramban’s commentary on Sefer Devarim / Deuteronomy. Following the renowned formatting of the Schottenstein Edition of the Talmud and the Sapirstein Edition of Rashi, this is a brilliant elucidation of one of the most important Torah commentaries of all time.
For those who prefer to transform travel time into a mobile beis midrash, we recommend Rabbi Yissocher Frand’s many Torah tapes and CD’s in his celebrated Commuter Chavrusa and Parsha Perceptions series.
The Schottenstein Edition of Tractate Gittin is now complete in two volumes in both Hebrew and English in full and compact sizes.
Coming next week! – Releasing August 14, Rabbi Zelig Pliskin’s Taking Action: The joyful art of zerizus is the latest volume in the PocketScroll Series.
Susie Fishbein’s sixth cookbook is nearing completion. Kosher by Design Lightens Up is scheduled for release in November and will feature over 140 delicious recipes prepared with your good health in mind. Offering healthy cooking techniques, insights for smarter shopping, and creative approaches to oils, sweeteners, and grains, this is a superb new culinary guide to better eating and living.