Joy of Kosher Cookbook Review & Giveaway

Written by chanie on March 24th, 2014

When Jamie Geller coined herself “the bride who knew nothing” I believed her. In her Quick & Kosher cookbooks series, Jamie shared recipes that were exactly as titled – simple, easy and quick dishes that the most novice of cooks could whip out of their kitchen. Some recipes were as simple as pairing store-bought barbeque sauce with shredded store-bought rotisserie chicken – now who can’t do that?

Being a fan of Jamie’s spunky personality and can-do attitude, I owned both of her cookbooks and was familiar with all the recipes from the bride who knew nothing. Which is precisely why the Joy of Kosher cookbook swept me right off my feet. That clueless young bride that could not make a pot of chicken soup evolved into a sophisticated cook with innovative recipes that are as pleasing to the eye as they are on the palate.

I know that because I was lucky enough to attend Jamie’s cookbook launch party where I sampled many of the dishes in the book including ktzizot (Israeli mini burgers), Meditteranean lamb skewers, cilantro corn cakes, mini slow cooker turkey spinach meatloaf, BBQ short rib sliders, fudge brownies, caramel apples with crushed candy and kiddie candy bark.  I was literally blown away by the amazing flavor in each and every dish. The cocktail meatballs with sweet and sour sauce were some of the most tender meatballs I’d ever had, and the carrot honey cake was an eye-opening experience for a honey-cake-purist like myself.

Recipes from the bride who knew nothing? Not anymore.

Browsing through Jamie’s book, you’ll find that she shares a lot more than just stellar recipes. She shares of piece of herself. With each chapter, Ms. Geller opens another door to her life and home, drawing you in like you’re part of the family. An adorable one, I might add. As a food photographer, I don’t know which I like more – the expertly styled food photos that jump off the page, or the out-of-this-world moments captured of her precious clan of five.

Aside from beautiful photos and mouthwatering recipes, Joy of Kosher packs it all in by offering a dressed up an dressed down version of each recipe. That means you can whip it up real fast for family, or polish it up for Shabbat or holiday meals. A handy holiday menu guide and Passover conversion table complete the book, making it perfect for year-round use.

In honor of the upcoming holiday of Passover, I’m giving away a free copy of the Joy of Kosher cookbook! To enter, simply leave a comment below with your favorite Passover dish. You can also follow Busy In Brooklyn via any of the channels below for an extra entry. Just be sure to leave a note in the comment letting me know where you follow.



Jamie Geller and I at the Joy of Kosher Cookbook Launch Party

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118 Comments so far ↓

  1. chaya says:

    we love 2 toned grape & orange sorbet!

  2. Linda abrams says:

    cabbage soup with meatbaslls

  3. Aviva says:

    I love Matza brei!

  4. Aviva says:

    I’m a fan on facebook

  5. lydia sultanik says:

    Apricot chicken

  6. Carol says:

    Passover Toffee Squares

  7. Chaya Canter says:

    Matzo rolls & matzo brei! The whole family looks forward to that the whole year.

  8. Rivka says:

    I also love the cabbage soup with meatballs.

  9. sheindel hellinger says:

    Pesach mashed potatoes made with schmaltz.

  10. Carla says:

    Homemade Chicken Soup with Matzo Balls & homemade egg Noodles along with the boiled chicken & veggies.

  11. esty says:

    Potatoes and eggs believe it or not!

  12. Rochel S says:

    Love Matzah schnitzel!

  13. Rochel S says:

    I Like BIB on facebook!

  14. Shayna says:

    I love my mom’s stuffed cabbage and potato blintzes! The sweet potato casserole looks amazing!

  15. Suzi says:

    I will definitely be adding that beet and radish salad to my table!

  16. Devorah says:

    Boring, I know, but potato kugel.

  17. Ami says:

    Love bib and joy of kosher ;) I am an avid follower of bib on Facebook and Instagram ;)

  18. Ami says:

    I love matza pizza

  19. Orna Stern says:

    I love your post, very exciting re the new book.
    I will add the sweet potatoes , marshmelo recepie, it will remind of Thanksgiving and a great edition to the turkey..

  20. Rusty H says:

    My absolute favorite is farfel pudding..!!

  21. Rusty H says:

    I already follow on FB

  22. Rusty H says:

    I already follow on Twitter

  23. Rusty H says:

    I already follow on Instagram

  24. Rusty H says:

    I already follow on Pinterest

  25. Marina says:

    Love homemade matzo ball soup and my mom’s matzo babka

  26. Marina says:

    I follow BIB on Facebook

  27. SaraM says:

    Jerusalem kugel!!
    (& homemade gefilte fish)

  28. rivka bart says:

    klershin – a german recipe for large matza balls (made with whole matzos and spices)- served with brisket

  29. dina says:

    Mango chicken

  30. dina says:

    Following on facebook and instagram

  31. blima says:

    i follow on facebook

  32. Rena says:


  33. Rena says:

    I like your page on facebook

  34. Rena says:

    Following on pinterest too

  35. Hannah says:

    Mock Mac&Cheese!

  36. Micah Perlstein says:

    Pesach chulent is the best. I follow you on Facebook and Instagram

  37. Ariella says:

    mocha bars

  38. sabrina oziel says:

    Love your blog!!!! fav pessach recipe is a traditional moroccan soup we eat the first night of seder.

  39. sarah.a says:

    matzah ball chicken soup and matzah brei. yum.

    (i follow on instagram) :)

  40. Chaya G says:

    Love my shviggers Pesach gefilte fish with chrein. I follow you on fb and Pinterest.

  41. Faiga says:

    Sweet potato kugel with chopped pecans on top.

  42. Miriam Meltzer says:

    I love freshly roasted butternut squash and onions on Pesach – simple but delish! I also follow BIB on facebook and instagram :) (3 total entries!)

  43. Frayda B says:

    egg lokshen!!

  44. Chaya Bukiet says:

    Favorite Passover dish would ahve to be Yaptzik, my mom-in-law mwakes the best!!! Wuold LOVE to win the cookbook, big fan of Jamie!

    I follow you on all aspects of Social Media :)
    Facebook, Twitter,Instagram, and Pinterest!

  45. St says:

    I love matza with butter. I like you on Facebook and follow you on Instagram.

  46. ev marcus-Wheeler says:

    Pesach is a major cooking extravaganza at our house. My husband and I have our won specialties: his is homemade gefilte fish with parsley mayonnaise and mine is a chocolate mousse pie, which I have been making for over 30 years. Both are real crowd pleasers

  47. dana says:

    my moms matzoh granola! or her matzoh ball soup. mmm I love pesach food actually!

  48. Aviva I says:

    I love chicken soup & kneidalach (matza balls) on Pesach

  49. lori says:

    Look forward to sweet matzo kugel

  50. Elisheva says:

    Charoses…it’s so delicious but I don’t think I’d ever bother making it except for the Seder

  51. Rochie says:


  52. My favorite passover dish is brisket.

  53. Already follow on Facebook.

  54. Caroline says:

    Hard to choose. I’m a fb fan. Hope I win!!!

  55. Rochel says:

    I enjoy a really hot bowl of matzah ball soup with tons of veggies! Yum!

  56. Deborah says:

    My charoset is amazing.

  57. Deborah says:

    I follow on Pinterest and Facebook

  58. Aliza R says:

    nut cookies!

  59. dassy says:

    definitely matzah pizza!

  60. Sara Fayga says:

    Almond cookies yummm

  61. Sara Fayga says:

    I follow you on instagram

  62. Sara Fayga says:

    I follow you on pinterest

  63. Melissa says:

    Matzo Brei, I follow on FB and Pinterest!!

  64. Elissa says:

    We love Susie Fishbein’s brownies and cran-pineapple-farfel kugel!

  65. Meital says:

    Matza Brei! And I follow on Facebook and Instagram!

  66. Tamar says:

    We love pesach granola for breakfast.

  67. Tamar says:

    Follow you on fb

  68. Aviva says:

    Jello Ices!

  69. Esther says:

    matzah brei and chremslach!

  70. Miri says:

    favorite salad is avocado, pomegranite, mango with a bit of lime and salt- its my pesach breakfast (and lunch and dinner!) daily

    and i follow you on pinterest

  71. Sara says:

    Matzah brei, chremslach and my mother’s pesach muffins!

  72. molly says:

    My favorite is a classic – matzah brei!

  73. molly says:

    I follow you on Facebook.

  74. molly says:

    I follow you on Twitter.

  75. Sara says:

    I love Matzoh brei!

  76. molly says:

    I follow you on Instagram

  77. molly says:

    I basically stalk you online and also follow you on Pinterest!

  78. Eric says:

    Matzoh and cream cheese

  79. Eliana G says:

    matzah and cream cheese!

  80. leah trakhtenberg says:

    Matza pizza, my favorite :)

  81. leah trakhtenberg says:

    Follow you on fb and love your blog!

  82. Chane says:

    Pesach lukshen and matzo brei!

  83. Rachel J. says:

    I follow you on Facebook

  84. Rachel J. says:

    Favorite dish is my grandmothers recipe for gefilte carp.

  85. Aya Sasson says:

    First, I MUST say – I love your blog!

    my favorite food for Passover is the chicken soup with my own home made egg noodles. Yummy!

  86. Esther Kushnirsky says:

    I follow you on Facebook and Instagram :)
    And I love the sorbet cups recipe :)

  87. Meira says:

    Mine is Pesach Seven Layer Cake with wine-dipped matzah and chocolate mousse layers… AMAZING!

  88. Dova W. says:

    My favorite dish for Pesach are “pop-overs”. They can be for breakfast with cream cheese or for lunch with tuna. They are even yummy plain. And…I also follow you on Facebook. Happy cooking!

  89. Hana says:

    Homemade Passover granola with plain yogurt.

  90. crl says:


    Just discovered your website….

    I am following via facebook

    Chag Kosher v’sameach…


  91. Rivki says:

    My favorite pesach food is yapchik!

  92. Rivki says:

    Already follow you love your posts on facebook!

  93. Rivki says:

    Already follow you on pinterest!

  94. Rivki says:

    Love seeing your pictures on instagram. Following!

  95. Jamie Geller says:

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! for this most beautiful and amazing review and for hosting this contest – I loved that you included the picture of us at the launch party. Wishing everyone luck with the contest and a Happy Passover! XOXOXO!

  96. Helen says:

    Hard boiled eggs with onions. A favorite in my house growing up. Nowadays we use more white than yolk but the strength of the onions remains the same. Facebook is where I follow you.

  97. Ronnie Fein says:

    Matzo Brei indeed! I agree, the book is wonderful. I have a copy too.

  98. shoshana says:

    There is nothing like chicken soup on seder night!

  99. Becca says:

    Matzo is my favorite!

  100. Rebecca says:

    The classic matzah pizza

  101. Laura Smith says:

    Charoset. :) But that sweet potato casserole looks very good, but I can’t find kosher marshmallows in California.

  102. Linda romer says:

    My favorite meal for passover is matzah ball soup. Thank you for all the great recipes and the giveaway.

  103. Gitty Rabin says:

    My favorite pesach food is salmon in a wine sauce

  104. chaya w says:

    Hi! Thanks for the giveaway…love your site esp your Mediterranean twist.

    Follow you on Facebook and Pinterest, oh and I like Matza, chicken soup, and lots of fruit

  105. Matzah Ball Soup and brisket!

  106. sigalit shutman says:

    אני ממש נהנת מהמתכונים שאת מפרסמת גם יפים ;מיוחדים וממה שניסיתי גם טעימים

  107. Peggy says:

    Mmmmm cabbage soup with meatballs!

  108. Peggy says:

    Just found your site just love it

  109. Chaya says:

    Egg drop soup!

  110. Lynne Russinoff says:

    Hi Jamie,
    Making your potato kugel for my guests tonight
    Hope it’s as good as it looks!
    I’ll let you know
    BTW my maiden name is Geller, wondering if
    we could be related
    Happy Passover
    Lynne Russinoff

    • chanie says:

      Hi Lynne! I did a review of Jamie’s cookbook on my blog, but the best way to reach her would probably be through the Joy of Kosher website, as she does not read the comments on here.

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