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In the JOK Kitchen with Get Cooking *Giveaway*


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Get Cooking is the new cookbook collaboration from recipe creator and chocolatier, Rachel Harkham and Jewish children’s musician Mama Doni.  This Jewish American Family Cookbook has a little something for everyone, including a CD of Jewish songs from Mama Doni.  The book takes you through the whole year of holidays with recipes and songs to keep you dancing in the kitchen with your kids.  They share jokes and games to play to get your kids more involved in cooking, singing and the Jewish holidays.

1.What brought the two of you together to do this book?

Rachel: I interviewed Doni for an article and we quickly recognized a kinship and a connection in the ways we both viewed Jewish culture.

Doni:  Yes, we met for the interview and immediately realized that what Rachel does with food was very similar to what I do with music…it felt like we had something to say together as two Jewish mamas, and that we had to collaborate. Jewish family moments are about so many things…family, friends, music, food, telling stories, laughing dancing..its all part of living a Jewish life….we immediately knew that FOOD and MUSIC are a perfect partnership!

sweet potato knishes

Sweet Potato Knishes

2. Who had a better time working on this project? Rachel cooking up the recipes? Or Doni singing about the food?

Rachel: All I know is that for me it was a dream come true to be able to create the cookbook I’ve always wanted to own. And I personally think there is nothing more fun than making Whoopie Pies with your kids.  Just saying it is fun!

Doni: I had such a blast creating this cookbook and CD…taste testing Rachel’s recipes in my kitchen, song testing in my studio.. there is nothing better than writing, singing, dancing, eating and celebrating all at the same time.

pomegranate molasses chicken

Pomegranate Molasses Chicken

3. Who wrote the jokes?

Doni:  Jokes!!! Oy! For better or worse,  I wrote them ;-)  (…With major inspiration from my two children, Millie 8 and Xander 7 who crack me up everyday)

Jelly Donut Muffins

Jelly Donut Muffins

4. What did you think when you saw the cartoon versions of yourselves?

Rachel: I wished my hair always looked as styled and in place as cartoon Recipe Rachel’s.

Doni: I love it!! I think of myself as kinda cartoon character or muppet like, so it felt perfect. And Rachel, your hair always looks fabulous. ;-)

whoopie Pies

Whoopie Pies

5. As two busy working Moms what advice can you give our readers for getting dinner on the table every night?

Rachel: For me busy weeknight meals are all about hearty casseroles, savory stir fries, and simple slow- cooker dishes. And when all else fails, it’s grilled cheese and salad to the rescue.  When I’m crunched for time during my Shabbat meals prep, I inevitably turn to my Easy and Awesome Chicken recipe from the book, or the Crumb Crust Salmon- easy and delicious!

Doni: Honestly, my meals are all over the map. Sometimes I am so busy with concerts and recording in the studio that Shabbat dinner is a pizza delivery with candles, grape juice and challah… and sometimes I am cooking up a storm for a big dinner party with friends and family. On a daily basis I try to feed my kids with healthy meals…with lots of love. ;-)

Pomegranate BBQ Chicken

Mini Sweet Potato Knishes

Jelly Donuts Miracle Muffincakes

Whoopie Pie


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About Tamar Genger MA, RD


Tamar lives in New York and is the mother of three amazing children, a Registered Dietitian, professor of Nutrition, and as you can probably guess, a foodie! Tamar loves to travel with her family and visits kosher restaurants wherever she goes. Although she loves the sights, she spends more time talking about the restaurants and food she ate! As a mom and a nutritionist, Tamar tries to balance her passion for healthy cooking with her insatiable desire for chocolate!




23 Responses to In the JOK Kitchen with Get Cooking *Giveaway*

  1. avatar says: dalesusan

    i teach a class of four year old children at my local jewish community center. i would love to try out some of the recipes with my class while listening to the cd!

  2. avatar says: Adeena

    The recipes look so good!! Would love to try them and the others that are in this cookbook!

  3. avatar says: Adeena

    Everything looks so good!

  4. avatar says: Leez

    I collect cookbooks and would luvvvv to be able to add one to my collection!

  5. i collect cookbooks and this looks great

  6. avatar says: sa

    These look like wonderful recipes to try with my kids

  7. avatar says: skossman

    Any cookbook that has recipes for whoopi pies has got to be great!

  8. This book looks colorful and its photos very lively.Usually my children love cooking and following clear and well illustrated instructions as those included in this book in addition we always listen music or shiurim when we are in the kitchen so the cd is really a very good idea which really prooves that cooking is fun and not a chore.

  9. avatar says: rivkyg

    These are amazing recipes.

  10. avatar says: gkran

    To try new recipes.

  11. avatar says: bubbie

    I am salivating just looking at the recipes.

  12. These recipes look delicious! I love cookbooks so much, and I would really love to use this one as well. I am working hard on learning to cook on my own and this book would be a major help to me!

  13. avatar says: kastanfam

    Our shabbat guests would love these amazing new recipes!!

  14. avatar says: shayndya

    It looks interesting and a great cookbook for my kids to enjoy!

  15. avatar says: ana21m

    this is amazing hope i win

  16. avatar says: robee61

    My children and I love to cook and we love to sing, (you should hear us in the car sometimes). What a great combibation for a cookbook!

  17. avatar says: robee61

    My children and I love to cook and we love to sing, (you should hear us in the car sometimes). What a great combination for a cookbook!

  18. avatar says: Fran M.

    This cookbook looks amazing! Hope I win!

  19. Such a fantastic and fun cookbook!!! I love it! And I can’t wait to try out those muffins! Thanks for such a great post!

  20. avatar says: aemerzel

    My daughter, daughters-in-law and I share a love for trying out new recipes. I’d love to share the excitement of this new cookbook with them.

  21. i love the idea of this cookbook, so fun and kid oriented!

  22. Shalom!

    I am trying to increase my Jewish practices, including in the kosher food area. I also love Jewish music. This cookbook and recording combo sounds like a wonderful way for me to have both things increased!

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