Kosher cooking has been redefined for the modern family. The New Kosher is filled with healthy recipes, exquisite flavors, and a fresh sensibility for the modern lifestyle. Emphasizing fast, easy, and delicious dishes for everyday meals and special occasions, this is your comprehensive guide to kosher cooking.
Kim Kushner comes from a diverse foodie background and her easygoing, mix and match style has helped her redefine kosher cooking. With over 100 recipes from all over the world, there’s something for everyone in this unique cookbook.
Looking for a modern twist on a traditional dish? Try Kim’s sticky date and caramel challah bread pudding, homemade challah with za’atar everything topping, 5-minute sundried tomato hummus or Mediterranean-inspired lentil, carrot and lemon soup.
Trying to find a new family favorite? Whip up some coconut- banana muffins with dark chocolate, penne with lemon zest, pine nuts and Parmesan “pesto”, easy dill chicken and stew or a crispy rice cake with saffron crust.
Need a dessert everyone will love? You can’t go wrong with recipes like deconstructed s’mores, crunchy-chewy-nutty “health” cookies, miniature peanut butter cups and dark chocolate bark with rose petals, pistachios and walnuts.
Warmly written with personal narratives and detailed nuance, Kim’s recipes reflect her experience as a generous instructor who loves to teach and a mom who cooks tasty and nourishing fare for a big family.
1 cup (61⁄2 oz/200 g) pitted soft dates 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 large challah, homemade (page 30) or store-bought, cut into small cubes or thin slices 5 large eggs 4 tablespoons (2 oz/60 g) unsalted butter, melted and cooled 1⁄4 cup (2 fl oz/60 ml) heavy cream or half-and-half Kosher salt
For the Caramel 1⁄2 cup (4 fl oz/125 ml) heavy cream 4 tablespoons (2 oz/60 g) unsalted butter 1⁄2 cup (31⁄2 oz/105 g) firmly packed light or dark brown sugar
Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup (8 fl oz/250 ml) water to a boil over high heat. Add the dates and baking soda, reduce the heat to medium, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is bubbly and the dates have completely softened, about 10 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a heatproof bowl and stir in the vanilla. Using a handheld electric mixer, beat on high speed until creamy, about 3 minutes. Alternatively, transfer to a blender and process until creamy. Let cool.
Place the challah in a 15-by-10-inch (38-by-25-cm) glass baking dish. You can arrange the cubes or slices in neat layers or just throw them all in. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, butter, cream, and a pinch of salt until foamy, about 2 minutes. Pour in the cooled date mixture and stir to combine. Pour evenly over the challah. Use your hands to push the challah down into the liquid to ensure all of the pieces are immersed. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake the pudding until it is golden and the edges are crisped, about 45 minutes.
Meanwhile, make the caramel: In a small saucepan, combine the cream, butter, and brown sugar. Place over medium heat and cook, stirring constantly, until a thick caramel forms, about 10 minutes. Be careful not to burn the caramel, or yourself! Keep the caramel on the lowest heat setting while the bread pudding bakes.
When the pudding is ready, remove it from the oven and let it cool for 5 minutes, then drizzle the caramel over the top. To make in advance, let cool completely, then cover with plastic wrap and freeze for up to 1 month. Thaw in the fridge overnight and reheat in a 350°F (180°C) oven until warm before serving.
“…The New Kosher by Kim Kushner explores a fresher interpretation of kosher foods.”
– The Colombus Dispatch
“The New Kosher Cookbook could just as easily be named the new cookbook, because it is written for anyone interested in quick, vibrant dishes, which we suspect is most everyone. The kosher aspect is there, of course, but Kushner doesn’t see it as restrictive. Instead, she uses it to up the ante on creativity”
– The Daily Meal
"An inventive gourmet approach to kosher cooking, spiced up with Middle Eastern and North African influences."