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Host a Joy of Kosher Cookbook Club Get a Free Book


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The Joy of Kosher Cookbook Club is so delicious, it’s good enough to eat, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do.

We are looking for 10 volunteers across the United States to HOST Joy of Kosher Cookbook Club Dinner Parties.

If you volunteer and are selected to host you will receive a FREE copy of the new Joy of Kosher cookbook before anyone else – and you will have the perfect excuse to host a fabulous Joy of Kosher dinner party with your favorite foodie friends.

What Does a Host Do?

  • Get ready to party!
  • Schedule your party any time between October 15th and October 31st.
  • Invite at least 5 friends. (More would be better. That way there’ll be more food to taste.)
  • Cook from the book.  Each guest will cook a recipe from the book to bring to the party.
  • Take pictures of the party, including the food and your friends, and share on social media with #JoyofKosherCookbook.
  • Email photos and tell us about your party (no later than November 1, please, for inclusion in a future article on JoyofKosher.com.)

I’d love to be your special guest.  If the timing works out, I will do my best to Skype or call in to say hi during your party!

A few more suggestions to help you host your cookbook club:

Q: Who makes what?

A: Usually the host makes the main course and assigns each guest a dish to make and bring to the party. But this is not a hard and fast rule. You already know there are no hard and fast rules in my kitchen.

So as the host you have the option to plan the menu and assign each dish, but it’s also fun not knowing what everyone will make. So you can just assign each guest a category – soups, starters, sides, salads, mains or desserts. (Someone can even bake a bread or challah from the challah chapter!)

Q: Can I share the book with my club?

A:  Sure. You can either pass around your cookbook, or each person can get his or her own copy (pretty please :) .) Preorder yours now to get it as soon as it is available.

Q: What do we do at the party?

A:  Eat and discuss amongst yourselves. And eat some more. Seriously, I want you to talk about the food and about the book.  You can rate the recipes you each made, discuss what you liked or how you would tweak each dish.  Hopefully everyone will have had a chance to read through my stories in the book too, so along with the food discussion, you can talk about your own experiences with some of the issues I write about – epic kitchen disasters, for instance, or the “what’s for dinner” debate, your favorite family heirloom recipes, and there’s lots more. (Like sleep deprivation, mother of the year award, play date lunches, brisket a love story, dessert before the meal, the power of a smile etc….) As host, you can lead the discussion with a story of your own, if you like; then go round the table to share the thoughts and experiences of others.

Q. What about wine?

A: Each recipe has a wine pairing.  Put one guest on buying a bottle or two to enhance the evening.

Q: How can I volunteer to be a host?

A: Put your name and town/city in the comments below.  Around September 17th we will select 10 random people from across the United States to be our hostesses.

 Update on 9/18 -  So excited to see so many states covered here, can’t believe we got one in Iowa!!  I wish I could give you all books and I hope you all consider hosting book club parties anyway.  We spread out the states and picked randomly among them. Look for an email from us.  The winners are:

Bryna Roth – Miami, FL
Avigayil – Lincolnwood, IL
Dia Matthews – Kansas City, MO
Sara – Baltimore, MD
Becky  – Elizabeth, NJ
Rachel F – Washington Heights, NY
George Lohmann – Midland, TX
Puttiemom – Los Angeles, CA
Kari – Franklin, MI
Liath Bricks – Richmond, VA





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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."




98 Responses to Host a Joy of Kosher Cookbook Club Get a Free Book

  1. avatar says: Maya Bush

    How about in Israel? I live in Telzstone and I would love to host a party!

  2. avatar says: robee61

    Bel Air, Maryland

  3. I love in north Miami beach! I love to cook and would love to host a party!!

  4. I’m due to have a baby right during this time so I unfortunately can’t host but I wanted to say what a great idea it is and that I’m so happy for you!! XOXO mazal tov on this amazing accomplishment!!

  5. avatar says: Rachel F

    Washington Heights (NYC), NY

  6. avatar says: Judy

    Hollywood, Florida
    I would love to host a party!

  7. avatar says: Andrea

    What about the Canadians? :(

  8. Belle harbor New York would love to host

  9. I’d love too! Outside Chicago, Illinois in Joliet area!! What fun!!

  10. Would love to host. I live in Hollywood, Florida

  11. West Los Angeles, California

  12. Huntington Woods, Michigan

  13. i am from lakewood nj

  14. avatar says: sara

    Baltimore mD!

  15. Midland TX–How about a boy?

  16. avatar says: Chaya N

    Los Angeles, California

  17. avatar says: Lois Held

    I AM NOT entering but would like to congratulate you on a very clever idea. What a great way to promote your new cookbook and to get groups of women together to cook & discuss the recipes. A New York Times feature in the making!

  18. Would love to host Joy of Kosher Cookbook Club here in Baltimore, MD.

  19. avatar says: Aura

    I would love to host! I live in Los Angeles.

  20. I would love to host :-) I love your website I get all my meals from here, and I love cooking with my friends, I am constantly doing house parties.
    Sarah A. Los Angeles California!!!

  21. avatar says: Elana

    This sounds great!
    Kemp Mill (Silver Spring), Maryland

  22. avatar says: Melaina

    A New Yorker living in Lexington, Ky!

  23. avatar says: Alyson

    I’d love to host a JOK Cookbook dinner party in Cleveland, OH!

  24. I live in West Bloomfield, MI-is there someone else from my area that we might do a joint party/

  25. Miriam Freede, Bergenfield, NJ

  26. Chani bensimon Englewood, NJ

  27. Hillary Rosenthal from Overland Park, KS. SO fun!!!!

  28. I live in Houston, TX and would love for this opportunity to get together for a rare night with girlfriends!

  29. Would love to host! Des Moines, IA

  30. Brooklyn here! I love to cook and hosting parties are my specialty ;) Would love to host!

  31. avatar says: Mindy

    Minneapolis, Mn
    Some of my favorite recipes are from your other cookbooks! What a great idea to have a book launch party! Would love to host!

  32. What a fantastic idea! So many of my friends think Kosher cooking means only Grandma’s cuisine! (Not that my Nana’s cooking wasn’t the very best in the world) I want to show them how exciting and modern great Kosher meals can be! I have a list of my friends who are interested! I think this could be the most fun. BTW, I live in Bucks County, PA which you will know about since you lived in Philly.

    Today is a tough day for me, but this is just the thing Joshy would want me to do!

  33. avatar says: Adrea G

    Oakland, CA, aka the Sunny side of the Bay. Would love to host a party and pair some of our local wines with your recipes!

  34. Marla from Skokie, IL sounds like a lot of fun!

  35. avatar says: Yael Fay

    What fun! This is Yael from Kansas City, and I’m so excited for your new cookbook! I love this idea! I’ve introduced your cookbook, recipes and videos, to many of my friends–they love the “girl who knew nothing” theme… Makes them feel like they can handle the recipes you come up with. :-) I hope your transition to Israel is going smoothly!!

  36. avatar says: Becky

    From Elizabeth, NJ. Great excuse for a party!

  37. Compared to NY, LA, Chicago, we are a small but mighty and very close community! We’re always inviting each other over, and we love to share new recipes. Choose me!!!! You need some input from “the rest of us.” (Plus I work at a shul…)

  38. Oops. Forgot to list my city. Overland Park, KS.

  39. Inwood, NY
    Cool idea!
    Thank you!

  40. avatar says: Avigayil

    From Lincolnwood/Chicago IL

  41. Would love to host a dinner party in KATAMON, Jerusalem, if logistical issues can be worked out.

  42. avatar says: Marina

    Monroe, NY would live to host 😋

  43. Would love to! Redondo Beach, California

  44. avatar says: kari

    Would love to host in Franklin, MI!

  45. Have not seen any men sign in. ARE we allowed to

  46. We would love to host a Joy of Kosher dinner party here in KS.

  47. Inwood, NY
    Sounds like fun! Thanks!

  48. avatar says: adina

    Omg! This sounds like so much fun! This is Adina from Overland Park, Kansas I saw some of my friends names listed and if I got to host a party I would invite them! I love cooking and trying new recipes. :-)

  49. avatar says: Eugene

    where do I live…in a house!

  50. avatar says: Puttiemom

    My friends and I love to cook and share recipes. This is perfect for us in L.A.

  51. avatar says: EstiK

    Shout out from Kew Garden Hills, NY. Would love to host!

  52. Would love to host a party in Pittsburgh, PA

  53. I’m a huge fan of your books! I’m a mother of 3 small boys and I work as a pediatrician, your books and website help my life run more smoothly! I would be very excited and appreciative of the opportunity to host a party in Alpharetta, GA.

  54. avatar says: David S

    Valley Village, California

  55. avatar says: Chaya

    We would love to host a cooking party in Ventura,Ca. The ladies here would really enjoy cooking kosher in a fun way.

  56. My husband (the family cook) and I would love to host a cooking party in Columbus, Ohio. We’re active in our synagogue and frequently host dinner parties.

  57. Kansas City, MO
    I’m so excited about this new book!

  58. NY in Stern College Dorms! How much fun would a dorm party be?

  59. Would love to host a cooking party in Richmond, VA. New to cooking kosher and would love to have a party in our newly koshered kitchen.

  60. Milwaukee Wisconsin!!! Who’s with me ?

  61. avatar says: Aviva P

    Sounds like a great idea! Excited from Englewood, NJ

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