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Spice and Spirit: The Complete Kosher Jewish Cookbook based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Commonly referred to as "the big purple one," and found in almost every Orthodox cookbook collection in America today, this compendium is quite far-reaching. If you want recipes for kugels, kishkes, hamantaschen, challahs, and more esoteric specialties, look here. The challah recipes are not perfect, but there is an extensive section on the religious laws involved in baking breads. The cake and cookie sections are quite extensive, as are the vegetable selections. Meats, poultry, and fish are well-covered, with traditional and non-traditional choices offered.
When my husband and I decided to try keeping a Kosher home some 4 years ago, I had no idea where to begin. This book begins with a discussion of why one would want to keep Kosher. It continues by explaining the basics of Kashrut followed by a very complete and concise explaination of planning and implementing a kosher kitchen. A brief chapter explains what defines a food as kosher and the different organizations responsible for the 'kosher symbols' on food packaging. All blessings for food are included, as are a discussion of the holiday cycle as it applies to the foods we eat. The recipes make up some 500 pages of the book ~ I haven't come upon a recipe that my family wasn't pleased with yet. If you only own one book about Kosher cooking, make sure it is this one!