A food editor, author, recipe developer, and Instagram chef, Faigy Murray’s favorite place has always been the kitchen. Growing up surrounded by talented cooks and rich Hungarian food traditions, she enjoyed cooking for her friends and her six brothers. As a newlywed, she was thrilled to finally have her own kitchen and loved to cook, host meals and plan menus. Like many of us, Faigy loves to pore over cookbooks and cooking magazines for inspiration, and she fused her family’s Hungarian dishes with international and American favorites to create her own unique style.
Faigy is the food editor of Taste Magazine and Voice of Lakewood and a regular Kosher.com contributor. She started her Instagram page in 2017 (which now has over 19,000 followers!), started the column “Munching with Menachem” with her son in Circle magazine in 2018, and launched her own brand of spice blends, Union.
A “Peaceful, Calm, and Manageable” Passover
Faigy’s long-awaited debut cookbook My Pesach Kitchen is unique in that it combines easy, delicious recipes with a detailed guide to preparing for Pesach, complete with menu planning, shopping lists, “turning over” checklists, and organizers to make Pesach “peaceful, calm, and manageable.” Writing the cookbook was a family affair, with her four children Menachem, Avromi, Chavi, and Devora serving as recipe testers, prop assistants, and helping with the book’s mouthwatering photography (as a family photographer, Faigy says her transition to food photography came fairly naturally).
The more than 130 easy, family-friendly recipes in My Pesach Kitchen include dips and appetizers, salads, soups, fish, poultry, meat, sides, desserts, and Chol Hamoed recipes.
Download a copy of Faigy’s Pesach menu planner here:
“Awesome Pesach cookbook. Recipes are easy to follow and the pictures are gorgeous!!! Will be making everything this year from this cookbook!” Amazon customer RA
In My Pesach Kitchen, you’ll find classic comfort food like chopped liver, chicken soup with matzo balls, and potato kugel alongside fun new twists like roasted sweet potato fries with maple aioli, pulled beef fries, a blackened fish bowl, and eggplant rollatini.
I tried Mommy’s Roasted Eggplant, with its meltingly tender cubes of garlicky roasted eggplant and red pepper, Oven-Roasted Matbucha, and Eggplant Boats with “Tahini.” The sweet-and-savory Roasted Butternut Squash was a revelation as I usually fix it the same tired way, but I loved the combination here of cinnamon with onion power (I used smoked paprika and subbed Aleppo pepper for the cayenne as I love the smoky depth it imparts). I also loved Faigy’s grandmother’s Paprikash Krumplit, a super-simple but amazingly delicious Hungarian comfort dish of potatoes, paprika, garlic, and onion.
“Wish I had this cookbook when I started making Pesach years ago! Simple, easy, stress free, and delicious recipes on every page! Your whole Pesach right here from start to finish.” Amazon customer AC
There are plenty of mouthwatering mains, whether you’re looking at poultry (Potato Chip Schnitzel, Shabbos Chicken, Chicken Marsala, Tuscan and French chicken), meat (Rosemary-Garlic-Crusted Roast, Mommy’s Yom Tov Meat, Coffee-Rubbed Minute Roast, Pepper-Crusted London Broil with Chimichurri), or fish (Tomato-Pesto Sea Bass, Lemon Garlic Salmon, Brown-Buttered Halibut). And for dessert, Faigy offers her mom’s fabulous nut torte, frozen mousse cake, cakey brownies, brookies, fruit-based desserts, and nut-free alternatives.
The easy-to-follow recipes come with useful tips and hints, so even kids can help out with the cooking. Faigy’s gorgeous food photography will inspire you to cook your way from cover to cover.
In Faigy’s words, “The most important ingredient in every dish is love,” so enjoy making a picture-perfect, pressure-free Pesach this year with Faigy as your guide in My Pesach Kitchen! Pick up your copy of My Pesach Kitchen at ArtScroll, Amazon or a local bookstore near you and follow Faigy on Instagram at @mykitchen_mystudio.
Photos reproduced from My Pesach Kitchen by Faigy Murray with permission of the copyright holders, ArtScroll / Mesorah Publications, Ltd.