Feeling uninspired in the kitchen? Worry no more because, Estee Kafra, creator of kosherscoop.com and former editor of Binah magazine and Kosher Inspired for Mispacha magazine, is back with another great book that will bring your creativity and enthusiasm back to your home. COOKING INSPIRED is filled hundreds of recipes, gorgeous photos, gluten-free and Passover recipes and conversions, and great tips and tricks for everyone. Maybe best of all, the book includes tons of recipes that are easy to prepare and beautiful to present. Estee is a seasoned cook and a busy mom, and all of her recipes have clear and simple instructions and are the types of recipes that you are looking for. From kugels to salads, to roasts and lots of “counter cakes” as she calls them (you know that cake that sits on the counter, egging you on to try it, taste it, and then serve it to all of your guests), it’s full of ideas and new flavors.
I tried lots of recipes from this book, Citrus Cornish Hens, Maple Roast (yum and super quick), and my favorite, Preserved Lemon and Olive Roast Chicken. I loved the tangy sweetness of the preserved lemons mixed with he wine and sun-dried tomatoes. Estee uses both common and less common ingredients to keep things inspired in the kitchen.
Estee is a GKC and personal friend and she answered a few of our pressing questions this week.
GKC: Do you have a favorite section of the book or a favorite recipe?
Estee: Thats a bit like asking "do you have a favorite child" I think i would choose the "counter cake" section, as these are recipes i really make on a regular basis, and they take turns on my counter…but i like the originality of the appetizer section as well.
GKC: People love your other books, how is this one different and what was your inspiration?
Estee: My inspiration is this amazing world we live in, and that is exactly what sets this book apart. It’s based upon the many aspects of our lives that inspire us to be better cooks and better people.
GKC: Do you have a favorite kitchen gadget ?
Estee: I love my microplane zester. There is almost nothing that cannot be improved by some lemon zest.
GKC: Any secret pantry ingredient you love?
Estee: I am huge fan of ginger, but my husband isn't….so i use it sparingly.
GKC: What's your go-to shabbos recipe?
Estee: I have been making the maple roast from page 210 for weeks now, and none seems to be getting tired of it yet. I added butternut squash to the bottom of the pot this week. It was amazing!