Cooking Inspired

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Food writer Estee Kafra's new cookbook takes the best recipes from KosherScoop.com and puts them into one encompassing collection of classic and innovative Jewish recipes.

Food websites have become favorite destinations for home cooks to review and share recipes and cooking tips. Kosher recipes are especially popular whether Jewish or not and one of the fastest growing of the kosher websites is KosherScoop.com. Wanting to make cooking easier and more creative for home cooks, founder and cookbook author, Estee Kafra, has put together a collection of the best recipes from the site. "Cooking Inspired" is a sampling of the creative and reliable recipes that the site has become known for and will inspire home cooks to let loose their culinary creativity. Over 200 recipes are beautifully photographed and award-winning photographs are scattered throughout the book creating a visual feast for the eyes as well as the palate.

"Food is one of our most primal needs, and for most of us, cooking is a basic, everyday chore. But food represents much more than the way in which we satisfy our cravings and keep ourselves alive. It is the way we nurture both ourselves and the people around us", Estee states. "I believe we can take this everyday act and elevate it into an experience of creativity, mindfulness, and meaning. In order to make the most of the world we live in, we need to open our hearts and minds to the inspiration all around us, to the myriad experiences and items that can shape our everyday lives. That's Cooking Inspired." 

In that spirit of community, family and creativity, recipes are divided into categories of inspiration such as: For the Five Senses, Family, Community, Roots, Nurture, Healthy Living, Holidays, Seasons, Special Occasions and Counter Cakes. Recipes are also easily identified as Gluten-Free, Passover-Friendly, and seasonal.Many recipes in the book have direct links to cooking videos on KosherScoop.com, providing home cooks with step-by-step visual instructions. 

"Creative cooking does not have to be time-consuming cooking. You may think that trying new ingredients or cooking with the seasons must mean more work, but on the contrary when using fresh and seasonal ingredients, it takes less time to make your food sing. Inspiration can come from every day, simple things. Usually, a few simple ingredients and some basic techniques are enough to do the trick and when you have done it long enough, this sort of cooking becomes second nature." 

From appetizers to side dishes, to main courses and a vast array of desserts, Cooking Inspired is the go-to cookbook for year-round inspirational kosher meals.
Including Estee's recipes, contributors to the book read like a who's who of Jewish food writers and chefs including: David Blum, Chaia Frishman, Levana Kirschenbaum, Norene Gilletz, Daphna Rabinovitch, Sharon Matten, Paula Shoyer, and Alexandra Zohn.

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