Home chefs, it’s time to be gutsy, roll up your sleeves, and forget about skimping on the passion (or the Kosher salt). Kim Kushner’s new cookbook The Modern Menu is a minimalist guide to creating delicious Kosher food with a fresh, youthful perspective and visual inspiration provided by noted photographer, Andrew Zuckerman.
Says Kim, “To my mind, less is more, simple is always best, and food should look as good as it tastes, and taste as good as it looks.” Kim approaches every dish with this simple philosophy: cooking isn’t about being perfect, it’s about being intentional. A thoughtful and tasty dish always wins the hearts and minds of a group, even more than a flawlessly prepared plate. Kim wants home chefs to be brave by taking creative risks in the kitchen because often, that’s how some of the best dishes are born.
The Modern Menu is beautifully arranged into chapters that flow seamlessly from concept to concept:
• Saucy shows cooks the transformative power of well-made sauces
• Crisp introduces the element of texture, giving dishes a satisfying crunch
• Vibrant brightens up the table with brilliant colors sprung to life
• Gutsy takes bold risks with recipes that pack a punch
• Modern presents original flavor-forward dishes for a breath of fresh air
The book is full of tempting suggestions the home chef can play with – no hard and fast rules. Mix and match Kim’s inspiring flavor combinations to create your own menus.
• Eggplant Napoleons with Spinach, Zucchini, Sundried Tomatoes and Herb Oil
• Spinach, Haricots Vert, and Avocado Salad with Crunchy Honey Dressing
• Japanese Kani Salad
• Tequila London Broil with Mango Chutney
• Gingered Butternut Squash and Sweet Potatoes
• Individual Halvah, Gelato, and Sorbet Towers
• Medjool Dates stuffed with Walnuts
• Cinnamon-Hazelnut Pavlova with Raspberries
Coming from a large family, Kim knows how to cook with a range of flavors so there is something that every palate will enjoy. She also offers scalable recipes perfect for intimate dinners or large gatherings. With stunning photographs by Andrew Zuckerman, The Modern Menu is a must-have for any chef seeking a contemporary Kosher adventure in their own kitchen.
About the Author: Kim Kushner comes from a huge family her Moroccan-born mother was raised in Israel, along with eight siblings. Spending childhood summers in Israel with her extended family, Kim learned to cook by eating, and by participating in family feasts. Hands-on experience with fresh and international ingredients gave Kim an edge when she began her studies at the prestigious Institute of Culinary Education in Manhattan, where she excelled in their Professional Culinary Program. Her culinary style, much like her life, is a study in Modern Orthodoxy: her kitchen is Kosher, and very much in line with her upbringing and heritage; yet, she is young, and her perspective is fresh and new. She’s become known for her healthy, seasonal, and hearty salads made from locally-grown produce not necessarily the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Kosher cuisine. For Kim, food is tangible and social the effort you put into it comes back to you many times over, in the form of friendships, health, flattery, and fun. The feedback she loves getting most from her clients is that they were not only inspired to try her recipes at home, but to make some changes to them it s proof to her that she’s right: anyone can cook, and everyone should cook.
About Andrew Zuckerman: Noted filmmaker and photographer, Andrew Zuckerman, utilizes a multitude of platforms to produce work that is systematically executed, conceptually based, and democratically presented. Minimalist in nature, Zuckerman aims to create atmospheres of clarity and neutrality to facilitate the viewer’s access to the material. Zuckerman studied at the International Center of Photography before going on to receive his BFA from the School of Visual Arts. His books include CREATURE (2007), WISDOM (2008), BIRD (2009), MUSIC (2010), and FLOWER (2012). His books have been translated into numerous languages and published in 18 international editions.
Gefen Publishing House publishes and prints more than 30 original books in Israel each year. Subjects are diverse and include a wide variety of themes – fiction and nonfiction, among them biblical commentary, Israeli historical novels, Holocaust memoirs, Multilanguage dictionaries, Haggadot, Cookbooks, and award-winning children’s books. We pride ourselves on publishing books that represent all aspects of Israel, the Holy Land, and the Jewish people. Our books are available in bookstores throughout the world, as well as thru Baker & Taylor, Barnes & Noble, Ingram, and online at Amazon.com and GefenPublishing.com.