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Cook, Pray, Eat Kosher

The Essential Kosher Cookbook for the Jewish Soul

by Mia Adler-Ozair

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With over 90 delicious recipes, this heartfelt volume is more than just a cookbook; it is a spiritual exploration of Jewish life and its deep connections with food. Playing on the culturally diverse nature of her own marriage, the author weaves together the culinary delights of both Ashkenazi and Sepharadi heritages offering a full range of dishes for every palate. Included are original guides for how to prepare meals for and observe Shabbat and holidays, how to fulfill the woman's mitzvah of making and taking challah, and a profound reflection on the essential relationship between food and the Jewish soul. Cook, Pray, Eat Kosher is the newest essential ingredient for any Jewish kitchen.

"This book nourishes your body while feeding your soul. Mia makes the very real connections between the mitzvot surrounding food and the preparation of delicious dishes. Clearly a labor of love, it is a melting pot of her family's mixed heritage."
— Susie Fishbein, esteemed chef and author of the Kosher by Design cookbook series

"This book is amazing and conveys such a loving and giving intention. It is a treasure for anyone to own, to use, and to learn from. Mia speaks so beautifully about how the acts of cooking and sharing with a devoted spirit can help create a more holy atmosphere in the 'everyday life' of a family without having to wait for a holiday. I love this book."
— Lauren Groveman, celebrity chef and cookbook author

"I have known Mia since she was a little girl. She has brought her sweetness and love for the Jewish community and family to this soulful book. Not just an anthology of her families, but an essential and inspirational kitchen tool for any home-cook."
—Chef Laura Frankel, author of Jewish Cooking for All Seasons and Jewish Slow Cooker Recipes

"A holy soul depends upon a holy body, and this beautiful and practical book takes care of both. Delights for the palate, delectables for the soul, it is a book of proven recipes and a guidebook to making your table an altar and your meals as spiritually nourishing as they are delicious. Prepare to be satisfied and uplifted."
— Alan Morinis, Founder and Director of The Mussar Institute

About the Author:
On the professional side...
Mia is a clinically licensed psychotherapist with a private practice in Los Angeles, California. In addition to her ten-plus years of experience as a therapist, she has over 20 years of expertise in the worlds of education, non-profit organizations, and public speaking. She is also a professional writer who recently released, “Insiders Secrets: How to Choose an Exceptional Therapist (and How to Avoid the Bad Ones)” available for free download on her website. Mia is the Founder and Director of the Channel 4 Change Institute, an educational organization dedicated to promoting the strengthening of women and the uplifting of men and women alike.

On the personal side...
Mia and Shaul married at the start of April 2008. After a not-so-brief bout of culture shock, Mia began to familiarize herself in the kitchen with the foods her husband adores. She also convinced her husband to periodically trade Moroccan fish for gefilte fish, and slowly her experiences in the kitchen led to this book. Today, the entire family enjoys terrific meals from both the Ashkenazi and Sepharadi traditions.


  • ITEM #: 7205
  • Dimensions: 9 X 9.5
  • ISBN: 978-09906014-1-8
  • Weight: 2.2630 lbs
  • Binding: Hard Cover / 216 pages
  • Published by: Distributed by Feldheim

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    • 1/18/16

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    In a world where it seems as if some cookbook authors deliberately go looking for obscure ingredients that none of us own, Mia Adler Ozair’s Cook, Pray, Eat Kosher is a breath of fresh air. Ozair offers a warm blend of Ashekanzic and Sephardic cooking, mixed with frequent but not heavy handed reminders that while eating may fill our tummies, it also nourishes our souls. Ozair pays homage to her own German roots while simultaneously offering the Iraqi-Israeli recipes of her husband’s childhood, blending them all into a warm collection of comfort foods, the tried-and-true recipes we sometimes neglect in our quest for something innovative and different.

    For those who may be new to Orthodox Judaism, or who could use a gentle reminder about why we eat some of the foods we eat, Ozair’s Shabbos and Yom Tov recipes come with descriptions that highlight the connection between traditional foods and the times that they appear on our tables.

    The offerings here are simple but classic, with some original recipes by Ozair and her family members and others attributed to sources, including other cookbooks. Herbed roasted garlic requires minimal preparation but will have everyone slathering the addictively creamy bulbs on bread with wild abandon and the decadent cookie cheesecake is a guaranteed diet killer that is worth every calorie. A recipe for taffy apples in the short children’s section at the end of the book is another must-try, because who among us hasn’t wished we could sample one of those gorgeous caramel apples that you see displayed in stores? Finally, be sure to check out Bambia, an Iraqi meatball and okra medley that is truly delicious.

    Cook, Pray, Eat Kosher, distributed by Feldheim, is comfort food at its best with an extra touch of spirituality that may just leave you with a greater appreciation for foods that you already know and love.

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