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In the JOK Kitchen with Silk Road Vegetarian *Giveaway*

 

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The Silk Road refers to the routes of trade along Central Asia, India and the Mediterranean.  Many of our Jewish ancestors worked along these routes dealing in the spice trade.  Dahlia Abraham-Klein takes us all on a culinary journey through her heritage in her new book.  After years of suffering health problems on a regular American diet, Dahlia went back to her roots and found that the foods of her ancestors could be easily made today.  Many are naturally vegan and gluten free and they changed her life.

The Silk Road Vegetarian is the culmination of Dahlia’s transformation and celebration of her family’s strong culinary roots along the Silk Road. With 120 vegan, vegetarian and/or gluten free recipes tweaked for the modern cook, the Silk Road Vegetarian has something for everyone.  Dahlia shares a lot of herself in this book, but we wanted to know a little more.  Here is what we learned from Dahlia plus a few recipes from the book you can try out.  And don’t forget to enter the giveaway to win your own copy.

You found renewed interest in foods from the Silk Road that you grew up on after feeling sick on a more Americanized diet. Was it difficult to learn to cook this way?

I grew up watching my mother cook the traditional foods from Central Asia, so through osmosis and some extra tips from my mother I learned to cook the dishes I grew up with.
I also learned through years of studying naturopathy (natural medicine) after suffering from a sever ulcer and years of meditation, that the attitude towards food needs to change.
Cooking with patience, love and nurturance changes the spiritual energy of the food you give to your loved ones. Food has healed me and if cooked properly can heal people.
So keeping that in mind it’s not difficult for me to cook this way when the outcome is so great.

Indian Red Lentil Falafel

Indian Red Lentil Falafel

You got very personal in this cookbook even including old pictures of your family, was it hard to share so much of yourself?

It was not difficult to share myself with my readers. For the service of the book, I felt it was crucial to be completely open and honest in that way my readers can connect to a real person.

What was your earliest memory of cooking?

I started cooking from a young age, probably around 15 yrs. old.

Persian Bean & Noodle Soup

Persian Bean and Noodle Soup

What was your worst kitchen disaster?

Experimenting with gluten free desserts was a challenge for me. I made terrible gluten free desserts until I made them perfect. You need to know how to combine the right flours to make a nice consistency, otherwise you have a mushy cookie or a cookie that is hard as a rock.

How did you decide which recipes to develop/include for this cookbook?

I have included almost all the recipes I have grown up with that could be converted to vegetarian. There were some dishes that were made with dough, that I did not convert because this is a gluten free cookbook. I felt I had enough recipes to fill a book.

Do cooks who use your cookbook need to get a whole new set of spices?

Depends on the cook. I think anyone picking up this book has an adventurous palate and will most likely have these spices in their pantry. Vegetarians are generally risk takers with food, because they might feel that vegetarian fare is limiting so will try anything.

Bukharian Pilaf with Kidney Beans pulah

Bukharian Pilaf with Kidney Beans pulah

What is your favorite spice?

My favorite spice has to be curry. It’s a combination of spices including: coriander, turmeric, cumin, fenugreek, and chili peppers in their blends. You can make your own variation of curry and add additional ingredients such as ginger, cinnamon, clove, mustard seed and cardamom.

What tips do you have for busy moms trying to get a healthy dinner on the table every night and eat well themselves every day?

The wonderful thing about Central Asian cuisine is that we are masters at one pot meals. There is a whole chapter devoted to Rice Meals and in it the meals have everything you need for a wholesome nutritious meal. There are legumes, rice, vegetables and currants in the dish. It can be made once a week, and feed the family through out the week and for little money as well.

Here are a few recipes excerpted from the book:

Bukharian Pilaf with Kidney Beans & Carrots

Indian Red Lentil Falafel

Persian Bean and Noodle Soup

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About Tamar Genger MA, RD

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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!

 

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32 Responses to In the JOK Kitchen with Silk Road Vegetarian *Giveaway*

  1. avatar says: Gabrielle

    This sounds like the perfect cookbook to solve my boring menus!

  2. avatar says: mink

    I’m not a fan of curry.

  3. avatar says: Nechama

    mmm….curry!!!

  4. sounds like a really good cookbook

  5. avatar says: Kat

    Sounds like a perfect cookbook! I love to try out new things and eat meat only occasionally, so this is the perfect mixture, evn though I do not have to care about gluten intolerance.

  6. Great cookbook to have on hand for interesting, healthy recipes

  7. avatar says: batya

    recipes look great! I am always looking for healthy and tasty meals and this looks like it! Thanks for posting.

  8. avatar says: kne

    I would love to try Central Asian cuisine, and my family likes to stay pareve so vegetarian dishes are right up our alley. Sounds like a great cookbook for us.

  9. avatar says: sarah

    these all look so good! I hope to try soon!

  10. avatar says: yehudis4

    i love new ways to try out cooking! different than plain old chicken!

  11. avatar says: raizy

    Sounds like a really interesting cookbook.

  12. Whenever I need parve recipes, I always turn to vegan recipes. Some of the recipes in this book definitely qualify!

  13. Excellent not only for vegans, vegetarians, and fans of healthy eating, but also for those who are looking to cut down their consumption of wheat products, like my other half. This cookbook may help to restore shalom bayit. :-)

  14. avatar says: ev

    This book looks like a unique addition to my cookbook collection. I am a vegetarian and like to treat my Shabbat guests to the special flavors of international vegetarian cooking.

    I would love to win this since I belong to a kosher cookboob club.

  15. avatar says: GB

    sounds yum!!

  16. avatar says: rena

    this looks delicious and healthy! great combination

  17. avatar says: mlove

    Looks delicious, and I LOVE Asian cuisine!

  18. These recipes look fabulous! More and more people in our congregation are vegan and/or GF.

  19. I love one pot meals. So glad to have less to clean up.

  20. avatar says: caryn

    As a recent vegetarian, I am always looking for interesting recipes. This cookbook looks great!!!

  21. This looks great! I love ethnic flavors, but it’s tricky to find kosher or vegetarian recipes that I like. This book may be the answer!

  22. This looks like a delicious book, one I would like to try! :)

  23. avatar says: cynthia

    I hope I win as I can see this cookbook becoming my favorite cookbook. I love vegetarian food and different spices and flavors. The recipes look delicious.

  24. avatar says: Ita

    These recipes sound delicious!

  25. Looks beautiful. We are always looking for ways to add spice to our cooking.

  26. avatar says: Janet

    I love this cook book. I have it checked out from the library right now, but would love to own it!

  27. The recipes all sound enticing! I would be pleased to add this to my cookbook shelf.

  28. avatar says: Jeanne

    With a vegetarian husband and a celiac mother, I need this book!

  29. avatar says: Susan

    This sounds amazing. I am mainly vegetarian and love ethnic cooking. As my husband has banned me from buying more cookbooks I would love to win it. Hopefully the spices specified can be found in Kosher versions in places other than Israel and NYC.

  30. avatar says: Marla

    I cook only meatless and am always looking for new, healthy dishes. This cookbook sounds wonderful.

  31. avatar says: Rose

    So happy to see, that you are showing more veggies recipes..

  32. avatar says: YYE

    This is just the kind of cookbook that I love!

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