In "Kosher by Design Cooking Coach: Recipes, tips and techniques to make anyone a better cook", Susie Fishbein combines her cookbook savvy with her teaching talent.
"After ten years of globetrotting lectures and cooking demos," Susie says, "I decided to bring it all home -- to give my readers the best ideas and skills that have worked for me as an everyday cook with a busy life."
Susie's 120 new recipies in Cooking Coach make for a tantalizing cookbook on its own, with such enticing dishes as Turkey Taco Eggrolls, Chestnut Mushroom Soup, Vietnamese Burgers with Peanut Sauce, Crispy Tilapia with Corn Salsa, and Blueberry Ripple Semifreddo.
Professional food photographer John Uher, who has worked on all of Susie's projects, did an exceptional job capturing the visual nuances of the Kosher by Design brand. But KBDCC, as her publisher, ArtScroll Mesorah Publications refers to this book internally, is "so much more than just a cookbook".
This cookbook is a veritable cooking tutorial. Then "Game Plans" coach the home cook on essential kitchen equipment, what staples to keep on hand, identifying types of pasta (and always achieving "al dente" results), recognizing and preparing varieties of fish (including a clever technique on pin-boning) and more. There are also helpful tips on how to upgrade side dishes and dessert offerings.
Susie provides a detailed pictorial guide to all cuts of kosher meat. She gives excellent advice on pan selection (one would think it hardly matters much, but it does). In short, there's a lot here to work with that will reduce your kitchen workload.
Cooking Coach is loaded with over 400 full-color photos that vividly bring Susie's ideas, tipes and recipes to life. The cookbook includes a surprise and very useful section called the Playbook. Image last night's Cowboy Chicken Salad becomes today's lunch Burrito; the Mango Slaw that you put on your Hot and Crispy Chicken on Tuesday night makes another appearance as a topping for Wednesday's Fish Tacos.