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These Are Our Favorite Kosher Cookbooks Of 2022

Renee Schwartz January 5, 2023

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So many new kosher cookbooks made their way to our shelves in 2022. We couldn’t let the year pass without looking back at some of our favorites. Which cookbook will you sink your teeth into next? (Pun intended, of course.)

1. Food You Love- That Loves You Back

by Rorie Weisberg (ArtScroll/Mesorah)

A collection of better-for-you recipes developed and fine-tuned over many years by Rorie Weisberg, host of Living full ‘n Free here on Kosher.com (and much more). The cookbook contains more than 200 gluten-free, mostly whole foods versions of favorites like pancakes, pizza, cholent, challah, desserts, and much more (all with beautiful, full-color photographs) in easy to follow recipes that use easy-to-find ingredients. There are extensive notes on macros, carbs, balanced menu planning and Rorie’s tried and true tips to get it all done, plus scannable QR codes with even more content where you can watch Rorie demonstrate how she shops, cooks, and more.

Read our full review here.

Perfect for: Someone with dietary restrictions or who has begun steps towards healthier eating

Buy the book on Amazon.

2. The Modern Table: Kosher Recipes for Everyday Gatherings

by Kim Kushner (Figure 1 Publishing)

This is culinary educator Kim Kushner’s fifth cookbook. Her warm personality shines through the pages as she celebrates bringing people together through food. The cookbook contains more than 90 recipes along with sample menus for different occasions and dedicated sections of her best tips for entertaining and gifting. The photography is stunning, and Kim’s cooking is characteristically fresh and seasonal, conveying unique twists  in an approachable, straightforward manner. Each recipe includes helpful notes on storage, substitutions, and more.

Perfect for: The hostess with the mostess

Buy the book on Amazon.

3. Prep + Rally– An Hour Of Prep, A Week Of Delicious Meals

by Dini Klein (Harvest)

This is the cookbook that teaches you to follow the Prep and Rally method Dini developed to simplify weeknight cooking once and for all. There are 10 dinner plans, each including 4 dinners made from about 7 basic recipes that can be cooked through in about an hour. Even if you don’t follow her method, the recipes and information in this cookbook train you to think more efficiently in the kitchen. Dini’s shopping, storage, and cooking directions are meticulous and clear, and every recipe includes swap suggestions for different diets and picky-kid pleasers. The book also includes a list of the best ingredients to always keep stocked in your kitchen, standalone recipes to round out the week, a section on the best ways to reuse leftovers, and a DIY Prep + Rally tutorial that makes it simple for you to create your own efficient meal plans with your favorite recipes. It is fully indexed, designer with large and clear print, and each “Rally” recipe is photographed in full color.

Perfect for:  Busy home cooks

Read a sample recipe here.

Buy on Amazon.

4. Best of Kosher – Iconic and New  Recipes From Your Favorite Cookbook Authors


This is a beautiful curated collection of the best recipes from the kosher cooks we know and love, plus behind the scenes and meet-the-author spreads on each one. Contains 84 previously published recipes plus 45 new offerings from contributors Chanie Apfelbaum, Between Carpools, Miriam (Pascal) Cohen, Victoria Dwek, Susie Fishbein, Rivky Kleiman, Sina Mizrahi, Renee Muller, Naomi Nachman, Danielle Renov, Daniella Silver, Leah Schapira, & Rorie Weisberg. The recipes feature full color photos, an easy to read font, and tips, updates, and usage notes.

Perfect for: kosher foodie fans, and those just starting their cookbook collection

Buy on Amazon.

5. Modern Jewish Comfort Food

by Shannon Sarna (Countryman Press)

Comfort food is the food that we grew up with, wherever we grew up. This hefty cookbook from The Nosher editor celebrates 100 favorite dishes from across the Jewish diaspora, from rugelach to sambusak, chicken soup to kreplach, knishes to latkes, shakshuka to kugel, mandel bread, and much more – some reinvigorated with creative twists like nesting shakshuka in a pizza crust or reinventing noodle kugel into a mac ‘n cheese casserole. The recipes are clearly written, easy to follow, and many are photographed.

Perfect for: People who want to learn to cook classics from the Jewish repertoire

Buy on Amazon.

6. The Kids Book of Challah- Challah Adventures For The Whole Family

by Rochie Pinson  (Feldheim)

This follow-up to Rochie’s popular challah cookbook Rising shares over 100 challah recipes, more than 50 braiding tutorials, and ideas perfect for kids of all ages. Each recipe is beautifully photographed and adorably illustrated, with step by step photos so you can master the techniques. Includes a bonus section on Shabbat candles, the Shabbat table, and the mitzva of hafrashat challah.

Perfect for: Bakers with a sense of whimsy

Buy on Amazon.

7. The Kosher Palette- Revised Anniversary Edition

by the Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy and Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School, edited by Susie Fishbein and Sandra Blank (ArtScroll/Mesorah)

A 20th anniversary edition of the classic community cookbook that found its way into kosher homes and kitchens  across the country. The format is basically unchanged (though the binding is upgraded!). The 300 recipes in this cookbook are classics, dishes that don’t really go out of style, for delicious and elegant home cooking all occasions, including Passover.

There are very few photographs in the book.

Read some sample recipes here.

Perfect for: people who have been snapshotting recipes out of someone’s old spiral-bound Kosher Palette (or whose  well-loved copy is falling apart)

Buy on Amazon.

8. The Giving Table-Cooking For Others As A Source Of Nurturing, Spirituality And Inspiration

by Naomi Ross (Menucha Publishers)

Naomi has been a culinary instructor for more than 2 decades, and reading her first cookbook is like taking a master class. It contains 160 recipes spanning from old favorites like braised brisket to international cuisine, with scannable QR codes to videos that demonstrate techniques, tips on menu planning, and variations for preferences and allergies to make you a pro in the kitchen. Notably, the book intersperses quotes and observations on the spirituality of food from the perspective of Jewish tradition, such as cooking for shiva houses, the ill, new mothers, and more. Each recipe is beautifully photographed and the cookbook and designed with an easy to read font.

Perfect for: Cooks who like to master new techniques and feed others

Read our full review.

Buy on Amazon.

9. Quick Prep Kosher Cookbook

by Samantha Tehrani (Rockridge Press)

Each of the more than 70 recipes in this cookbook require no more than 15 minutes or less of hands-on prep time. The recipes are well written with an easy to read font and exact measurements for success every time. It covers breakfast to side dishes, vegetarian to poultry, meat, and fish fare,often with a nod to contemporary trends like international options and newly popularized ingredients like everything but the bagel seasoning , hot honey and pomegranate. The book includes helpful pantry tips for setting up and maintaining your kosher kitchen, tips on freezing and making ahead, and adjustments for healthier or further modernizing the recipes. Some of the recipes are photographed.

Perfect for: Busy home cooks

Read some sample recipes here.

Buy on Amazon.

10. Cooking alla Giudia: A Celebration of the Jewish Food of Italy

by Benedetta Jasmine Guetta (Artisan)

A comprehensive and authoritative collection of Jewish Italian food authored by a native Italian-Jewish food writer who sees her work preserving the cuisine as a mission. The book features everyday and special occasion recipes, some simpler and some demanding expert skills (like making your own goose prosciutto), with plenty of vegan and gluten-free options. In addition are fascinating and authoritative notes recording the history of the Jewish community in Italy and references to regional culinary specialities. Includes holiday menus and a kashrut guide. Not every recipe is photographed, but the images that are included are beautiful.

Perfect for: Jewish history buffs and people smitten with authentic Italian food

Buy the cookbook on Amazon.