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New Joy of Kosher Cookbook Q&A *Giveaway*


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I figure you may be wondering about my new Joy of Kosher cookbook, like what’s the Mah Nishtanah this time. So I interviewed myself, asking the questions people ask me.   If I missed anything you just gotta know, ask in the comments and I will answer you – a whole lot more fun than talking to myself.

Q: So this is your third cookbook. Did you always want to write cookbooks?

A: I always wanted to eat.  But cooking? Not so much. I had to learn out of necessity, so I taught myself, struggling through epic failures till I could serve something edible.

Q: Is “Hubby” a real person?

A: Realer than real. He’s the reason I learned to cook.  Just my luck, he comes from a family of professional caterers and naturals in the kitchen.   What’s a girl to do?

Q: What about “Angel Face” and “Miss Bouncy,” are they real too?

A: Absolutely. They’re my kids – along with Little Momma, Bruiser and The Baby. This book is all about family, so naturally I brought my family into it. Their real names are a real mouthful since each kid has two names and one even has three, so the nicknames work well.  You’ll see them in full color throughout the book being themselves, enjoying life – jumping, laughing, running, eating. When it comes to prancing in front of a camera, they inherited that gene from me. I couldn’t believe it when the baby waited for the camera to be pointed at her before she would smile.

Q: ‘Scuse me, but cookbooks are about food. Where does your family come in?

A: Scuse me, but who eats all that food? I think food is very personal and has to fit your family dynamic. My family is a major influence on my cooking. Like all family cooks out there, I have to find healthy , satisfying recipes my kids will actually eat, taking all their biases into consideration (“Oooh, that looks too squishy.” You know what I mean.) So when people think of food, they immediately think of whom they’re serving it to and what the reaction will be. We all want to hear, “Yummy! More, please.” I had lots of fun translating my family’s favorite cozy weekday meals into fancy-shmancy dishes too. Now it’s my guests who say, “Yummy! More please.”

Q: The recipes are that good?

A: My best! I put together more than 100 of my go-to everyday foolproof recipes (I know because I’m the fool who worked them over again and again) as well as the ones I use for holidays and special occasions. They were tested over and over till we got them perfect. Hubby ate the mains; I did desserts. Somebody had to. Then we doubled the number of dishes by providing Dress Up/Dress Down options. So you’ve got over 200 possibilities here, all easy and all absolutely delicious.

Q: I’m glad you mentioned that. In the book’s title, what do “Dress Them Up” and “Dress Them Down” mean?

A: The whole idea of this book is that we don’t have to compartmentalize our cooking brains into “Everyday” and “Holiday.” We can build bridges.  I take those fave recipes of mine and show you how to dress them up as a tantalizing, elegant dish worthy of entertaining or dress them down for Wednesday night din din. And we’re not talking about boring “kid food.”

Q: You have said that this cookbook is your “most personal”? Why is that?

A: In my other books I told some personal stories, but in this one I tell a TON of personal stories.  I also share diary entries and pictures from our family albums and talk about my life and the people in it a lot, lot more – I guess because appreciating my approach to food has a lot to do with knowing what makes me tick.  My food and I are inseparable in more ways than one. And hey, it’s a lot of fun to write that stuff. People tell me, “This book is more than just great food; it’s a great read”. You’ll laugh with me. Some people even cry with me.

Q: So when will this book be released? Will there be a book tour?    

A: It will be published by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins, on October 15, 2013 G-d willing.  I think it’s a perfect release date; early enough to buy a copy for yourself, try a few recipes, then stock up on copies to give as Chanukah presents. Not to mention making your Chanukah party food a whole lot more creative, delicious and beautiful.  To make sure you get your copies on time, you should probably pre-order now. Click here to order your copy on Amazon and get it the minute it is released!

Q: Care to provide a preview of some of your fave recipes?

A: Yup, with pleasure and pictures too!

From left to right: Pecan Sticky Buns, Chocolate Chip Cookie Cream Stacks, Birthday Pancakes, Peaches and Jam Sweet Pot Cake, Soba, Sweet Sesame Tofu, and Vegetables, Moroccan Roasted Chicken

Q: Where and when can we see you on your tour?

A: All appearances, book signing, parties, demos and dates will be updated and added to this site. It’s all coming atcha soon, so check back. Sneak peak – You are cordially invited to the Joy of Kosher Cookbook Launch Party on October 21.  More details a comin’.

To celebrate the upcoming release of the Joy of Kosher cookbook, we have partnered with Manischewitz to offer you a selection of  some of my favorite Manischewitz products valued at $50!!  You will get Chicken broth, Vegetable Broth, Rye Tam Tams, Almond Butter, and 10 Manischewitz Fabric Shopping Bags!

All you have to do is comment below.  Share your thoughts, ask your questions, just say hello and you will be automatically entered to win!!  Contest runs through September 10, 2013 11:59pm.  Open to residents of the U.S. over the age of 18.

Contest is now over – Yitty is the winner!!! Thanks to all and look out for more info and more contests in honor of the new Joy of Kosher cookbook.


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About Jamie Geller


Jamie Geller is the only best-selling cookbook author who wants to get you out of the kitchen – not because she doesn’t love food – but because she has tons to do. As “The Bride Who Knew Nothing” Jamie found her niche specializing in fast, fresh, family recipes. Now the "Queen of Kosher" (CBS) and the "Jewish Rachael Ray" (New York Times), she's the creative force behind JoyofKosher.com and "Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller" magazine . Jamie and her hubby live in Israel with their five busy kids who give her plenty of reasons to get out of the kitchen - quickly. Check out her new book, "Joy of Kosher: Fast, Fresh Family Recipes."




163 Responses to New Joy of Kosher Cookbook Q&A *Giveaway*

  1. Love many of your recipes

  2. avatar says: bonnie

    creative inspiring receipes

  3. avatar says: Sarah

    Looking forward to seeing even more recipes! Love trying new ones

  4. avatar says: Blss52

    after cooking for over 40 years always ready to learn new kitchen tips and receipes.thank you.

  5. The Moroccan Chicken looks amazing!!

  6. avatar says: Sina

    Jamie, I can’t wait to look through the book. Will you be in LA at all?! Say yes!

  7. avatar says: faigy

    I love your cookbooks – can’t wait to see this one

  8. avatar says: Sidra

    Hello! I can’t wait to check out your new book. Any chance you will visit Las Vegas?

  9. These recipes look amazing! Looking forward to the book being released!

    • Thanks Diana! They really are amazing recipes — perfect, delicious, mouthwatering, scrumptious and sumptuous (lol enough effusive adjectives for you?). I mean it when I say this is my best collection!

  10. avatar says: Marcia

    Can’t wait for the book to come out. Everything in the pictures looks delicious

  11. avatar says: Samantha

    So excited for your new book!! Congrats! Can’t wait to see it and try the recipes!!

    What’s your favorite recipe to cook and eat?

    • Hey Samantha – I am totally excited too – like freaking out excited!!! I can’t pick a single favorite it’s totally absolutely and utterly impossible but if I am forced to pick a favorite in a category I would say my Avocado Salad with Butter Lettuce and Basil and the most delicate Lemon Dressing is a salad I dream about, the Moroccan Style Chicken is a favorite family dinner and the Ooeey Gooey Nutty Pecan Sticky Buns are just absolutely and completely not normal. How’s that for an answer?

  12. avatar says: Breindy

    The recipes look amazing- cant wait to try them!!!

  13. avatar says: Allison

    You’re coming to AZ??? WOOHOO!!! I just love your books and they have truly made me a better cook!

    • Allison!!!! Thank you for saying so! You are gonna love this one too. Meanwhile I have to have a few more West Coast events to make the trip worth it so haven’t confirmed AZ yet…

  14. avatar says: chavie

    This new cookbook looks even better then the others and they were amazing cant wait to get a copy

  15. avatar says: dalesusan

    i love cookbooks, especially w/ beautiful, mouth watering photos. and kosher!

  16. avatar says: Jess

    I would love this cookbook. I’m always looking for easy recipes for my family.

  17. avatar says: Jan

    Jamie, if it weren’t for you, this bubbe would often be lost as to what to make for dinner. I should be ashamed to admit it but, it’s only in the past few years that I’ve been keeping my kitchen and my family & guests kosher. Thank you for all your wonderful recipes and cooking shows/videos!!!!

    • Jan don’t you dare be ashamed, celebrate it!!! I am teary now and so happy for you and your family & guests!!! You are never alone – I am always here with my books, mag, website – happy to help!

  18. avatar says: Sara

    Can’t wait to see the new cookbook!

  19. avatar says: shulamuna

    Hatzlacha rabba on your new cookbook!

  20. A book by HarperCollins — way to go, Jamie!! Can’t wait to see it.

  21. avatar says: vanessa

    Just wanted to say how excited I am about your new book! The taster recipes look fabulous! Even though I am fairly confident in the kitchen (after years and years of practice – and mishaps) I take such comfort in your down to earth family recipes, particularly as my family grows. I also find your suggestions on how to make the kitchen and home a special place really inspiring, so I can’t wait for more of your writing in the next book. Thank you and best wishes from London!

    • Vanessa!!!! What a comment. So powerful and so meaningful and so appreciated and all the way from London. I love this web and this website connects us all in so many way and brings us close. Thank you!

  22. avatar says: Lisa T.

    I would love to try the Rugelach. Always a favorite in our house!

  23. avatar says: Lesley

    I love the picture of the meat stuffed potato kugel- is there a recipe? or should I just make my regular potato kugel and layer deli slices in the middle?

  24. avatar says: Taylor

    What beautiful pictures! I can’t wait to read your new book Jamie!

  25. avatar says: Amy

    Can’t wait to add this to my Jamie Geller collection!

  26. avatar says: simcha

    Looking forward to the new book :)

  27. avatar says: leahk

    looking forward to the new book

  28. You’re my go to place for shabbos meals.

  29. What gorgeous photos! I can’t wait to try the gorgeous recipes that go with them!

  30. avatar says: Becca F

    I’d love to win this. I’ve checked out their website and they have some great recipes

  31. avatar says: BabsToo

    This book looks ah-mazing! Since I love your recipes and your breezy style of writing, I can’t wait to see this book. Thanks for this and all the great contests and articles on the site. They add spice to an already tasty site!

  32. avatar says: Rachel

    Can’t wait to try all the recipes in thus new book. Thanks for the great interview!

  33. avatar says: B. Lerner

    I would love to get this. The faster I can get food on the table, the faster until I relax & read my book! Thanks for the opportunity.

  34. avatar says: Avigail

    I like your books as reading material in addition to the recipes your side bars and notes are fun to flip through, sometimes when I’m taking a coffee break on an erev yom tov, I’ll flip through them for the stories :)

  35. I was speaking with a new friend about Rosh Hashanah and asking the big question “What’s on your menu?” and the conversation led me to this amazing website! I love food with meaning! I have now altered my menu and am excited to add new foods! I cannot wait to see my friend after Shabbat to tell her she is a dear friend now!

  36. avatar says: Gail

    Can’t wait to get your new book! I read cookbooks like novels.

  37. avatar says: jenny

    I got your first cookbook for a present at my bridal shower and am excited for the new one!

  38. When are we celebrating in RBS?

  39. avatar says: Sara S

    Can’t wait to get Joy of Kosher and try out more of your great recipes. I really enjoy your holiday menus on the site. Thanks!

  40. I can’t wait for this, I am so excited especially after following everything you have been doing in preparing for the cookbook!

  41. avatar says: Ariella A

    Hi! I noticed that in your last cookbook you organized your recipes in a non- traditional wat by the amount if time things take to make. What inspired you to do that? Will the new book be organized in the same way?

    • Very good Q – this one is organized like a traditional cookbook and specifically for use as an easy reference guide for meal/menu planning. Chapters are Soups & Starters, Sides & Salads, Mains, Desserts, Challah. And all recipes are grouped together and clearly labeled as Meat, Dairy, Pareve

  42. avatar says: mslbl

    Every thing, especially the Moroccan Chicken! Yum!

  43. avatar says: Amanda H

    Are there recipes for picky eaters in the new book

  44. avatar says: Rena

    How exciting! Can’t wait to see it when it’s out!

  45. Gee – I want to eat everything you have pictured. Congratulations on the upcoming release of your 3rd book.

  46. The pictures look great! I can’t wait to see the full color photos in the book!

  47. I give your cookbook as a vort present. How about a local Israel raffle? Any chance you would do a night for Melabev?

  48. Love getting your recipes on Facebook and would love to win your new cookbook.

  49. avatar says: Helene

    Everything looks amazing! Can’t wait for the book to come out!

  50. Looks yummy! Can’t wait to see it!

  51. I can’t wait to get your new book.i have your first two and subscribe to your magazine

    • Miriam well then you are just totally awesome!!! And I totally mean that :-) Thank you so very much!!! Shana Tova Umetuka to you and yours!!! (Can you count how many !!!! I have in the reply?)!!!

  52. avatar says: robee61

    Would love to win. Joy of Kosher website is the first place I look when I need a recipe. When will the next Joy of Israel video be out?

  53. Can’t wait to see it! So psyched!

  54. Dying to try the potato kugel with smoked meat.

  55. avatar says: Rachel

    Hey Jamie can’t wait for the new cookbook to come out! You rock!

  56. avatar says: Sheri

    I would love to win!! Im 17 and I met you in fairway paramus! I love to cook!!!

  57. avatar says: Helene

    your recipes look great…can’t wait to try one for a potato kugel that doesn’t come out like a door stop!!!

  58. avatar says: Malkie

    Love your recipes, and would love this cookbook.

  59. I am so enjoying your recipes as I cook my way through. This cookbook would add so much to my repertoire. Fingers crossed!

  60. That Moroccan Chicken dish like something that would go over big at my table Can’t wait to try it!!

  61. avatar says: Adele S

    Thanks Jamie for all your recipes. Oftentimes, I find that all I need is a recipe idea for most meals, beside desserts. I think you would do really well to write a section of ideas of what to pair together for meals,to learn the basics of various herbs and spices, and on which kinds of foods to use them. And perhaps we could go for a little healthier spin? Using maple syrup in place of sugar, spelt flour instead of wheat flour, and putting in wholesome additions such as flaxseed, chia seeds, quinoa, and other great additions that can slip in unnoticed. I love the videos!

    • so happy you are enjoying the videos and thanks so much for the feedback – we will consider all these ideas for posts for JoyofKosher.com in the near future. Thanks so much!

  62. avatar says: Dena

    Hi Jamie- I loved meeting you in Chicago! I can’t wait for you to come back again (or me to come to you in Israel G-D willing!!!) to sign this new one of yours! I love both of your cookbooks and use them often :) – wishing you and your family a Shana Tovah!!

  63. avatar says: Ruthie

    Your recipes are a G-dsend when I need original, delicious ideas!! Is Chicago on your tour?

    • Ruthie – you are so awesome for saying so! thank you! Chicago is not yet on the tour — but if someone can get together 3 events in the area I would love!!!! to come. It was one of my absolute FAVORITE!!!! most special stops from my previous tours.

  64. avatar says: Rochel S.

    Would love your new cookbook! I really enjoy your other ones especially the first! I use it all the time. Always looking for different ideas so this would be great!

  65. avatar says: ses

    Some of the recipes look like lots of fun. I admit that I am worried about the calories in some of them looking at the pictures. Please think about a great lower calorie/healthy food book for your next one.

    • I will – but there are some healthful options here — the Raw Root Vegetable Salad, the Avocado Butter Lettuce and Basil Salad with Lemon Dressing, Moroccan Chicken, Soba Noodles with Sweet Sesame Tofu and Sweet Potato Cake are all nice options… and that’s just from the picts shown above…there are more in the book!

  66. avatar says: Tam

    One can never have too many cookbooks.

  67. avatar says: chaya

    Love your QUICK & KOSHER cookbook the recipes are great and so easy to make I would love to have your new cookbook.

  68. avatar says: Rachel

    Hope you’re coming to Los Angeles! Love your recipes!!

  69. avatar says: London

    Hi, I have made so many of your recipes in the past and they all turned out fantastic. Thank you so much for your great ideas. Just looking at those pictures I can see I will have to buy clothes in a higher size when the book comes out…

    • LOL!!! Thank you! Truth is I try to eat really healthy breakfasts and lunches and then enjoy one of these dinners with my family and so far haven’t had to buy a higher skirt size :-)

  70. I just discovered your amazing cookbooks–they were on the kitchen counter of the home I stayed in over Rosh Hashana, and I stayed up late to read through them. I’m excited to add a lot of your recipes to my repertoire!

  71. avatar says: elana

    cant wait to check it out, your recipes are so practical and yummy!!!

  72. It looks great, can’t wait to see it in person!

  73. avatar says: yitty

    Sitting at work and salivating! Hatzlocha.

  74. avatar says: Etka

    This is going to make my Hubby’s gift-giving responsibilities very, very easy come Chanukah :-)

    Cannot WAIT to add it to my kitchen wall!!! and kitchen repertoire!

    Please consider Jersey for your appearance schedule :-)

  75. Are you coming to LA? I use your books all the time and love the web site to help me with meals for the Yom Tov. These three day marathons are a challenge

  76. I wrote my first cookbook when I was in HS for my Mom and have been an avid reader of any cookbooks I could get my hands on since. I’d just love to win this.

  77. avatar says: EstiK

    :) So exited for this new cookbook!
    I practically live out of my Quick and Kosher cookbook. I use it either as light reading or as a base for about good deal of my suppers. Can’t wait for the new one to come out!

  78. I have kept the Sabbath all my life and the feasts but My Family has fully converted to Messianic a few years ago. Being a retired Chef, I am quite interested in the Kosher Recipes that I see on your site and is planning to try the ‘Potato Kugel’ after Yom Kippur. My husband has trained all his life for this and now is the head Rabbi of our little congregation in a Non-Hebrew/Non-Jewish, Southern Town. We are Foreigners and the food is, must say, ‘Different’. Thank You for your most in-dept site.

  79. Looking forward to this new book!

  80. So excited for this cookbook! So happy for you!

  81. avatar says: JoAn

    Very exciting! I would love to win your cookbook and learn some new Kosher recipes! Congratulations!

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