The Modern Table: Kosher Recipes for Everyday Gatherings

Kim Kushner. Figure 1, $35 (244p) ISBN 978-1-7732-7166-8

Canadian chef Kushner (I Heart Kosher) pivots from elaborate Jewish holiday meals to simpler kosher fare “that can be prepped, cooked, and on the table in a heartbeat” in her jubilant latest. “Food is so much more than what we see on our plates,” she begins. Indeed, her dishes tell stories that extend beyond the table, often putting a contemporary spin on recipes inspired by her Moroccan-born mother. She updates a tagine (which is traditionally made with meat) to one composed of leeks, lentils, and chickpeas, and highlights the “divine combination of saffron and yogurt” in a dish of caramelized yams. Putting an emphasis on ease, Kushner uses bone-in thighs to prepare a rich-tasting chicken soup in just 40 minutes, and relies on relatively few ingredients in such dishes as a simple yet fragrant salad of fennel, pomegranate, and parsley. She also relishes the bright flavors and quick prep time of vegetable ramen and weeknight poke bowls. Her penchant for creating a welcoming environment can be seen in everything she touches—from helpful menus for Shabbat to table settings graced with displays of fresh herbs and suggestions for such small take-home gifts as a homemade garlic confit. Start to finish, this provides fresh ways to nurture and enhance the spirit of a kosher home. (Apr.)