Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Bais Yaakov Cookbook Review



I admit it. I am the worlds worst food blogger when it comes down to actually looking in a cookbook. Perhaps its sheer laziness that has me avoiding pulling one out of the pile. I tend to just go with whats in my head- a little bit of this and a little bit of that and done. At times I do need some inspiration and of the many places I turn to for help (pinterest, the folder of magazine tear outs,scrawled words on a sticky note from a recent phone call with a friend or relative etc.) cookbooks truly are a great place to look when all else fails! A review for The Bais Yaakov Cookbook has been on my mind for a while. I even mentioned it as being one of my favorites along with 8 others back in October, a short while after receiving it as a very generous gift from the women who rents my apartment to me. As it has been quite talked about ever since it was first published I thought it was about time I gave my opinion on it too. So finally here is what I think:


The details:

How it looks: Simply eye catching and classic with it's stark white cover and vibrant glossy pictures. It is a little large for my taste but the hardcover detail sure is an added flourish! 

Whats Inside? 200 original recipes gathered from all over the world written out very clearly in a decent sized print over a span of 381 pages. The graphics are to put it simply just stunning and the recipe selection impressive including some interesting takes on our classic Jewish favorites. 

Extras: Towards the end of the book there is an entire section dedicated completely to Halachic guidelines (for Kosher cooking), Culinary Tips, Guide for meats, fish, spices and even one for kitchen gadgets. I also loved learning about some Jewish history included at the start of the book. A detail which really makes me happy as the topic is near and dear to my heart is that proceeds from this cookbook are going to benefit funds for Jewish education which is much needed!


What I love: The photos, the clear instructions, the extra guides at the back and the huge array of salad ideas. 

What I Don't Love: The dairy recipe section in this book  is seriously lacking. I know not everyone serves dairy on a regular basis but in my house we enjoy dairy so much! I also found that some of the dairy recipes were quite boring and not detailed enough- I mean come on anyone can buy frozen potato blintzes and give you a recipe for sauce, I would have liked to have a recipe for the actual blintze wraps to me that is far more impressive. 

Some of my favorite recipes from the book:  1) Pastrami Salad with Creamy Garlic Dressing, 2) Quesadillas, 3) One Slice with the Works


A recipe of my own that was inspired by/incorporated from one in this cookbook is this one for Chocolate Caramel Cookies Drizzled with White Chocolate- yum!

Overall:
I really love this cookbook and I think it would be the perfect addition to any of your collections.  It's great for the home cook, caterer and anyone else who likes easy to follow, well detailed recipes while enjoying the fantastic mouth watering photos to go along with it. 

Hoping this cookbook review will be useful to you if you were unsure on any of the details!

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17 comments:

  1. Hey, no worries! I think cook-books are becoming more obsolete with Google dominating all of our lives. Thanks for your review and the wonderful recipes. I have a jaw surgery in a few weeks so I need to pick one up for 'pure liquid diet'.. if you know of anything good, let me know :)

    WWW.ROXTHEFOX.COM

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    1. thats so true and too bad as well I will always love cookbooks! wow..jaw surgery good luck!! I will def let u know hun. xx.

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  2. Yes well designed cook books are delight. And I hope they do not go away. I did some design work for a book company and bought a bunch of gorgeous cook books for research. They are so fun and this company's cook book division seems to be doing very well so that is a good sign.

    I just "liked" your post on Bloglovin. I never knew you could do that and just discovered this a few days ago. And you can share too!

    Ali of

    Dressing Ken

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    1. wow that sounds like such fun! yes I think they did well. thanks for the like! xx.

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  3. Oh my gosh... this looks like an amazing cookbook. Those cookies look INCREDIBLE! You have such a cute blog :D xxx

    Gemma ♥ | Ɱiss Ɱakeup Ɱagpie

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  4. I always get my recipes from the internet, but this does look like a nice cook book :-)

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    1. wow seems like alot of ppl like internet recipes it's a good place to go thats for sure.

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  5. It actually says to buy frozen potato blintzes in a cookbook??:D That's hilarious.:D I agree with Roxthefox above, with Google it's so much easier to get the recipes, at least that's how I cook...

    Those chocolate caramel cookies look delicious. No, more than delicious, frigging heavenly!!!

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    1. yes ;) so ridiculous honestly. shes def right. thank you hun!!

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  6. I love cookbooks with really good photos .. I like to 'see' what the recipe will look like before I attempt it.

    Monica, www.pear-shaped-gal.com

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    1. me too theres something far more appealing with them!

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  7. I took this out from the library and loved it so much and talked about it so much that somebody finally bought it for me as a gift. Have made tons of EXCELLENT recipes from it. String bean and mango salad- amazing!! The apple buns in the side dish section were excellent, though I think they're a dessert. Orange chicken, perfect for kid + adult meal.

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    1. ;) didn't know you could get it out of the library that is so great lucky u! will have to go try those recipes thanks for sharing your favorites Mrs. Belsky! xx.

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  8. Ohmygosh those cookies look delicious:)But haha I'm like you and never use cookbooks either. I kind of just skim the internet if I'm in the mood for anything
    Hugs & Kisses,
    Olivia

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  9. this book is really eye catching...I would love to read it some day, even if diary section is a bit lacking.

    Lately I've been relying more on internet then cook books (and really most of the time I just improvise) but it's always nicer to read something from the book.

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  10. Those cookies look mighty delicious like they were from a bakery. Nice job. :)

    classypeach.blogspot.com

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