The Silver Platter Review & Giveaway

Written by chanie on November 19th, 2015

My first impression of The Silver Platter cookbook was how big and beautiful it is, almost a coffee table book. Having formerly trained in graphic design, I always look at the layout first. And the pictures. Both are stellar. Beautiful, bright and colorful photos accompany each meticulously-written recipe. And the food doesn’t just look good, it looks inviting, and not intimidating in the least. I love the partnership of Daniella and Norene in this book. Daniella is a young mom looking to feed her kids easy and healthy dinners, while Norene brings her culinary expertise, offering sage advice for each recipe.

I think my favorite part about The Silver Platter is that all of the recipes can be made with basic pantry ingredients. Daniella managed to bring a variety of dishes that are packed with flavor using basic ingredients and no added junk. Her recipes are healthy, wholesome and family-friendly without being boring. Many are gluten free and allergy-friendly too. A nutritional index for each recipe is even included in the appendix.

The Silver Platter features recipes that are both basic enough for every day and innovative enough for the holidays. From appetizers, soups and salads, to fish, poultry, meat and dairy, as well as grain side dishes, vegetable side dishes, cookies, treats and cakes, they’ve got everything covered! I can’t wait to try the baby eggplant fans (genius!), crunchy corned beef strips, berry plum soup, snap pea salad with basil-mint dressing, broiled lemon fish, three-seeded schnitzel, basil chicken with sundried tomatoes, raspberry london broil, cheesy quinoa bites, panko-topped bok choy and edamame, fudgy pretzel brownies, white chocolate popcorn clusters, blueberry flan and heavenly halva cheesecake!

In honor of Thanksgiving, I’m sharing some festive recipes for apple cranberry couscous and sweet potato squash soup below, AND, I’m also giving away a copy of The Silver Platter! To enter, simply leave a comment below about your favorite Thanksgiving dish. For an extra entry, follow Busy In Brooklyn via any of the channels below. Just be sure to leave a note in the comment letting me know where you follow.


Giveaway is open to U.S. residents (for international entries, prize can only be shipped in the U.S.). Winner will be chosen at random at 10:00 AM EST on Tuesday, November 24th, 2015.

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  1. Aliza says:

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is stuffing!

  2. aviva says:

    My favorite thanksgiving food is pumpkin pie

  3. aviva says:

    I follow you on on instagram

  4. Stephanie W says:

    My favorite Thanksgiving dishes are chestnut stuffing and candied cranberry chocolate tart

  5. Elisheva says:

    Following on FB and Instagram!

    This is my 2nd year hosting Thanksgiving in our home, and my favorite thing to make for Thanksgiving is a salad/grain mixture of all things wintery. Last year, I made a delicious farro salad with roasted butternut squash, sauteed tuscan kale, dried cranberries, capers, sunflower seeds. This year I am going to do a spin on that with roasted sweet potatoes, thinly sliced raw kale, wild rice, chopped hazelnuts, dried cherries. Maybe a maple dijon dressing. So versatile to mix up the grains and mix ins!

  6. chanie says:

    Love your site!Can’t wait to try rhis couscous.

  7. Jodi says:

    My favorite thanksgiving dish will always be the turkey. LOVE turkey!!!

  8. Rivky says:

    Love turkey and stuffing for thanksgiving!

  9. Rachel says:

    Thanksgiving is a regular work day for me, so I try to incorporate some traditional Thanksgiving foods into our Shabbos meal. My kids love miniature pumpkins stuffed with rice, raisins and cardamom

  10. Tova says:

    My favorite thanksgiving dish is my moms southern corn bread stuffing! SOO good!!
    I would love to win this cookbook. I follow you on Instagram and Facebook. (@tovaskitchen)

  11. Sharon says:

    Love the blog and would love to win this cookbook!! Please enter me twice for liking on facebook

  12. Rivky says:

    Pecan pie!!

  13. Chani Moskowitz says:

    I love my Thanksgiving cornbread!!!!

    +I followed you on Instagram!

  14. Ariella Helfgott says:

    Best cook book

  15. Rachel says:

    I’m all about the stuffing. YUM!

  16. Debra says:

    Can’t wait to try these recipes and “UP” my thanksgiving table.

  17. Adina G says:

    Pumpkin Pie!

  18. Reva b says:

    Pumpkin pie! Follow also on instagram and pintrest

  19. Naami says:

    That couscous looks amazing! My fave thanksgiving food would have to be stuffing!

  20. Elisa levi says:

    Love sweet potato casserole last year made it with salted caramel, yummmmmm

  21. Yaffa says:

    love the apple cranberry couscous!!Brilliant recipe and flavor combination. Great idea!

  22. saara says:

    i love making mousse for thanksgiving dessert

  23. saara says:

    i follow you on facebook

  24. Tovah Goldman says:

    Would love to win this cookbook! I was born on thanksgiving so I have a special place for thanksgiving food!! My favorite thanksgiving dish is the stuffing ! My mom actually makes her stuffing in a pan like a kugel! It is sooo good! Looking forward to that next week!

  25. Bracha Drissman says:

    I love your blog and I’d be thrilled to win the cookbook! I follow you on facebook and twitter and I’ve made many of your wonderful recipes!My favorite thanksgiving food is stuffing ?

  26. Suzi says:

    Greenbean casserole, OR the ever famous shaped like a can jelly cranberry sauce!

  27. Batsheva says:

    Not a necessarily Thanksgiving food, but this time of year I love to make pumpkin muffins!

  28. Orly says:

    Thanksgiving food is the best! Looking forward to seeing more on your Instagram!

  29. Farryn says:

    Favourite thanksgiving dish is Sweet Potato Pie!

    I follow you on Facebook!

  30. devorah z says:

    My favorite dish is butternut squash soup garnished with pumpkin seeds. Heavenly!

  31. devorah z says:

    I follow u on instagram

  32. E Adler says:

    I follow you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest ?

  33. Miriam says:

    Would love to win!!

  34. Tamar B says:

    I love turkey so much but the only time I get it is Thanksgiving! Plus, I follow on Facebook and Insta!

  35. Atara says:

    My favorite thanksgiving dish is turkey.

  36. Debbie says:

    Love that this uses easy ingredients

  37. Atara says:

    I followed you on instagram

  38. Rosa zaiat says:

    My favorite dish is honey glazed smoked Turkey!I’m following you on Instagram

  39. sharona says:

    i love stuffing

  40. sharona says:

    i follow you on facebook and pinterest

  41. Jenn says:

    My favorite TG dish is pumpkin pie. It’s a one time of the year indulgence for me!

  42. Rena English says:

    My favorite thanksgiving dish is cranberry sauce! I follow you on Instagram

  43. Michal says:

    Pumpkin soup — yum!!

  44. Michal says:

    I follow on Instagram

  45. Ilana says:

    I love pecan pie! These recipes look delish!

  46. Rachel Rosin says:

    turkey is always best on thanksgiving,especially since my mother had a technique to cook it in a brown paper bag.

  47. Rachel Rosin says:

    I follow you on instagram.

  48. Chayale says:

    Pumpkin pie! (And I follow u on Facebook :))

  49. Rachel Rosin says:

    I follow you on facebook.

  50. Shifra samber says:

    Thanks for sharing these amazing recipes

  51. Sheindl B says:

    My faveourite thanksgiving dish is pumpkin pie!!

  52. Shoshana says:

    Savory pumpkin soup!

  53. Raizy Rivkin says:

    Turkey! I follow you on Instagram.

  54. Aviva says:

    I love apple cranberry cobbler…….

  55. i love this site and i know i’ll love the cookbook too!

  56. Faiga says:

    Follow on Facebook and blog

  57. Chani Cz says:

    What a great cookbook!

  58. rena says:

    I love it all but my favorite is pumpkin barley soup!

  59. Bracha p says:

    Mashed potatoes w sautee onion mmmmm

  60. Bracha p says:

    Follow on fb

  61. Bracha p says:

    On on Instagram

  62. Dina says:

    Pumpkin Pie. I follow you on instagram ;)

  63. tzivie says:

    Pumpkin pie is definitely my fave! I follow u on instagram and Facebook :)

  64. Bracha p says:

    Follow on pintrest

  65. Zehava says:

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is my Bubbe’s apple pie. She would make the crust from scratch and even though she isn’t with us anymore, everytime I make it and take a bite, I’m transported back to my childhood and all the memories of her come rushing back to me! I follow you on FB and Instagram.

  66. Rena Cohen says:

    I love chocolate pecan pie

  67. Rachel says:

    Pumpkin pie!

  68. Raizy says:

    I follow though on Facebook, and would love to win!

  69. Meira E says:

    Sweet potato Pie! Facebook and Instagram

  70. M says:

    Pumpkin pie is the best!

  71. M says:

    Also, I follow you on instagram

  72. Mushky ezagui says:

    Following on facebook and instagram.
    My favorite dish is sweet potato pie with a marshmallow topping!! And it’s so kids friendly!

  73. Sari says:

    My favorite thanksgiving dish is turkey!

  74. Sari says:

    I follow you on Instagram and Facebook

  75. Miri Loschak says:

    Pumpkin muffins! And I just liked ur fb page!;)

  76. Nechama says:

    The sweet potato and squash soup looks amazing! And I follow you in instagram!

  77. chaya says:

    I love pumpkin pie! I follow on Facebook

  78. Perel says:

    Favorite is anything with potato

  79. Rivky siegal says:

    Mashed potatoes is my favorite!

  80. Dana Konstantin says:

    Stuffing is my favorite :) and enjoying the company of family friends. Good energy and good food :) these are the special moments in life. Happy Holidays and good luck everyone.

  81. Gila says:

    I love sweet potato pie!

  82. Gila says:

    I follow you on Facebook , Instagram and pinterest

  83. Chaya Canter says:

    Love pumpkin pie and my homemade cranberry-apple sauce made with honey!

  84. musha leah Tusk says:

    I love your website! I’ve tried many of your recipes and they came out delish. just tried the 3 cheese broccoli pull apart buns and everyone loved them. my favorite thing to make is turkey. Last year I made a turkey breast which was easier to cook and cooked more evenly. yum!

  85. musha leah Tusk says:

    ohh, and I follow you on instagram;)

  86. Celia says:

    I love carrot muffins and I follow you on Instagram

  87. robee61 says:

    Plain baked sweet potatoes.

  88. JC says:

    stuffing, stuffing and stuffing

  89. Gisele Jacobson says:

    Wasn’t planning on making soup for Thanksgiving but after seeing the sweet potato and squash soup recipe, which looks deliciousI’ve decided to make it.

  90. Lisa Dimant says:

    Our favorite dish is stuffing!

  91. arielle says:

    My favorite thanksgiving dish is pecan pie.

  92. arielle says:

    Following you on facebook

  93. Toby says:

    My fav is my stuffing. My own creation, but I think what makes it so good is that I use homemade challah. I follow u on fb

  94. Chavie says:

    Favorite thanksgiving dish is stuffing

  95. Debbie says:

    I REALLY love stuffing. On Thanksgiving calories do not count.

  96. Michelle says:

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is sweet potato pie.

  97. Dassy says:

    My favorite is when pie, any kind!

  98. miriam says:

    my favorite thanksgiving dish is sweet potato pie

  99. Chava R says:

    Stuffing! Follow you on facebook and instagram…

  100. Chaya Leiter says:

    Pumpkin Pie and Cranberry Chicken

  101. michal soffer says:

    my favorite dish is apple cranberry crisp. i follow you on fb and instagram. Love all your recipes:)

  102. Bryna says:

    Favriot cookbook love the healthy options

  103. Sara says:

    Thanksgiving stuffing and gravy!! Following you on fb, IG and Pinterest

  104. Estie schwechter says:

    I love sweet potatoe soufflé

  105. Carla Wertman. says:

    I made this couscous salad and it was really yummy! I will follow u on FB

  106. Leah says:

    Cant wait to make the butternut sweet potato soup!

  107. Esther says:

    Sweet Potato Pie and mashed potatoes- I can’t decide which I like better,
    I follow on Instagram

  108. Mushi says:

    Chocolate pecan pie

  109. devorah leah Heidingsfeld says:


  110. Aliyah Guttmann says:

    I love Daniella, and her recipes and have been dying to try her new book! I’m new to Thanksgiving but I love a good butternut squash pie or soup with a flavor of cinnamon.

    I just started following you on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. I love pinning great recipes to try for Shabbats. On an entirely separate note I’m going to email you about a project I’m working on that I think would make a great collaboration!

  111. Edith says:

    Pumpkin Pie!!

  112. miriam says:

    Pumpkin pie and healthy pumpkin muffins

  113. Meechal Roizman says:

    O love stuffing amd gravy

  114. Meechal Roizman says:

    I follow on instagram

  115. Meechal Roizman says:

    I follow on Facebook

  116. Meechal Roizman says:

    I follow on pinterest

  117. Ayelet says:

    My mom’s roasted turkey with cranberry, but also love our new quinoa recipe with roasted sweet potato candied pecan craisens fresh parsley and a lemon juice/olive oil cumin dressing. YUM!

    Following on Instagram.

  118. Dana S says:

    I love the roasted squash and Brussels sprouts!

  119. Dana S says:

    I follow on instagram

  120. Dana S says:

    I follow on pinterest

  121. Henchy goldenerg says:

    Luv luv cranberry sauce… Make it for Shabbos sometimes…

  122. Henchy goldenerg says:

    Follow on instagram

  123. esther shields says:

    I live sweet potato pie, especially the ones with a topping.

  124. esther shields says:

    I love sweet potato pie

  125. esther shields says:

    I follow you on instagram

  126. Aviva says:

    My fave dish is pumpkin pie with whipped cream!
    I follow you on instagram.

  127. Marla says:

    I follow on Facebook, the cookbook recipes look so delicious!

  128. ev m-w says:

    Yummy recipes and perfect timing

  129. Yehudit K says:

    I love cranberry sauce and pumpkin bread! I follow you on Instagram and Facebook!

  130. Dassie says:

    This cookbook looks amazing

  131. Leah says:

    I love pecan pie, but it doesn’t seem to love me back quite as much… But yummm

  132. Liat says:

    Pumpkin pie! Following on pinterest!

  133. sarah.a. says:

    In my adopted land of the USA, I really enjoy Thanksgiving. My favorite dish would have to be balsamic brussel sprouts or butternut squash soup. And if there are fresh made rolls at the meal to mop up the gravy that’s always a winner. And anything pumpkin spice!

    (I follow on instagram).

  134. Lisa N. says:

    I recently became acquainted with Norene Gilletz and actually met her about a week ago in NY. I am helping administrate her fb group and I am embarrassed to admit that I don’t (yet) own this cookbook, although I here about the wonderful recipes pretty much all day! lol. I would be honored to add it to my collection of cookbooks! I follow BusyinBrooklyn on Facebook and love your recipes and incorporate them into my cooking often. The fried salami slices was a huge hit. Its funny, I told my Husband that I need to start Thanksgiving planning and buy a Turkey and He said why, nobody likes turkey. I had to quickly poll the family to see if that was true of anyone else besides Him…we are having Turkey!

  135. Rita says:

    This couscous salad looks scrumptious! I would love to win the cookbook. I enjoy your website so much!

  136. Cyn S says:

    I follow via email. How exciting is it that Norene Gilletz published a new cookbook! A creative cook and very nice person (I was fortunate to meet her at a Kosherfest several years ago), her cookbooks make you feel as if you are in the kitchen with her!

  137. Alegria says:

    Healthy Pumpkin Pie! yum!!!! Follow you on instagram!!!!

  138. malke says:

    my favorite old thanksgiving food is stuffing – of any kind.
    favorite new thanksgiving food is chocolate pecan pie – as if pecan pie isn’t sweet enough.
    would love the cookbook – will be making the soup and couscous for Shabbat next week.

  139. malke says:

    also follow you on pinterest

  140. My favorite thanksgiving food is pumpkin pie covered in spritzed on par excellence whipped cream. It took a lot of searching for a pumpkin pie recipe that didn’t call for condensed milk but mine is not only authentic, it is easy to prepare.

  141. Lol, spell check substituted par excellence for parve.

  142. Esther says:

    My fav is pecan pie. I follow you on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

  143. Roro says:

    Pumpkin pie all the way!

  144. Ella S says:

    Creamy mashed potatoes!

  145. Jessica Kadoche says:

    Can’t get enough turkey stuffing. Following on Instagram! Thanks :)

  146. Sarah says:

    I love roasted squash stuffed with rice and nuts and anything with loads of fall veggies (I’ve been vegetarian / pescetarian for more than 10 years). Would love to win a copy of this!

  147. chaya says:

    pecan pie!

  148. chaya says:

    I follow you on facebook

  149. Mushkie says:

    Pumpkin pie
    Instagram follower

  150. Shoshana J says:

    Following on facebook –and I’m excited to try the apple cranberry couscous– As my husband says: the food so nice, they named it twice.

  151. Helen says:

    I have this cranberry apple oatmeal torte that is tasty, easy and pretty to look at!

  152. Hudi says:

    I love turkey with cranberry sauce!
    I follow you on Instagram

  153. Tzipora W says:

    Never celebrated Thanksgiving officially, but have made many turkey day-esque recipes, as your mom did, for Shabbos and holidays. Sweet potato pie has pride of place at our table many a winter’s weekend.

    Just started following you on instagram, thanks to a friend’s referral! Love your healthful yet innovative style.

  154. malkie says:

    Turkey! follow on facebook, instagram,and pinterest

  155. Avigail says:

    My favorite is cranberry sauce

  156. Avigail says:

    I follow on Instagram

  157. Rivka says:

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is hasselback sweet potato crisp with marshmallows on top :)

  158. Rivka says:

    I follow on facebook, instagram and pinterest.

  159. Ahuva says:

    Favorite thanksgiving dish is the turkey! I follow you on facebook

  160. Caren Szanton says:

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is this corn kugel/pudding that my great-aunt makes. It’s sweet and savory and just yum! (Oh, and I follow on Facebook and Instagram!)

  161. Jill Goldberger says:

    I love the poultry seasoning in my father’s stuffing!

  162. Nina Taub says:

    Love your blog!

  163. Musia says:

    Pecan pie, pumpkin cheesecake! Yum!
    Following on pinterest, instagram, and facebook!

  164. Gail Z says:

    I love to take all my Thanksgiving leftovers: turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, stuffing, corn and gravy, and layer it in a small container and freeze it so I can have Thanksgiving dinner any time I want.
    I follow on Instagram!

  165. Caroline says:

    My mama’s stuffing.

  166. Sara G. says:

    I follow you on instagram and facebook.

    My Favorite dish is turkey with cranberry relish and stuffing!!!

  167. Dvora B says:

    I follow on Instagram and Facebook.

  168. Dova Weinberger says:

    traditional stuffing and apple pie. happy thanksgiving!

  169. Shiffy f. says:

    Stuffing !
    Follow you on instagram! Always look forward to seeing your posts !

  170. Rena says:

    Stuffing!! With turkey gravy of course

  171. Halle Montag says:

    The first turkey I ever made I confused cayenne pepper with paprika. Picture fire breathing people ?

  172. Devorah says:

    Turkey and stuffings

  173. Miriam Meltzer says:

    I love good old pumpkin pie!

  174. Miriam Meltzer says:

    I follow you on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest :)

  175. Alison H. says:

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is cornbread stuffing/dressing!

  176. Alison H. says:

    I follow on twitter @sockmonkeydiva

  177. Alison H. says:

    I follow on pinterest alisonharper44

  178. Alison H. says:

    I follow on instagram @alronharper

  179. Alison H. says:

    I follow on Facebook Alison Wood Harper

  180. Natalie says:

    Love stuffing for thanksgiving.
    I follow you on Instagram and Facebook ?

  181. debbie says:

    It’s terribly hard to choose just one! I’d have to say my favorites are pies – cherry, apple, pecan!

  182. S. B. says:

    Cranberry salad.

  183. S. B. says:

    I follow you on instagram

  184. Zisi Marcus says:

    Pumpkin chocolate chip muffins!
    Following you and Instagram and loving it!

  185. Rena says:

    Pumpkin pie!!!

  186. Rena says:

    I follow u on facebook

  187. Jesse markowitz says:

    I followed you on facebook

  188. Maureen says:

    I think my favorite is the stuffing. I know it is all carbs but oh so delicious. Then the turkey is next.

  189. LynneMarie says:

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is the sausage stuffing that my dad makes.

  190. Tehilla says:

    Ironically, I’m a sucker for cran-relish….

  191. Kim Henrichs says:

    Honestly, the pumpkin pie is something I look forward to ALL year!

  192. Rena says:

    Pumpkin pie!

  193. Rena says:

    I follow you on Facebook

  194. Rena says:

    I follow you on Pinterest

  195. Rena says:

    I follow you on Instagram

  196. ttb says:

    the best food on thanksgiving is definitely the turkey!

  197. Rebecca says:

    My favorite is homemade apple pie!

  198. Elisheva B says:

    Martha Stewart’s turkey 101 (made with margarine instead of butter) has got to be my favorite thanksgiving dish. It always comes out perfectly moist, and there is never any leftovers :)

  199. shaina says:

    My favorite is Butter pecan ice crean and corn bread!

  200. Rae Z says:

    I follow you on Instagram.

  201. Helene K says:

    I love orange and cranberry relish and turkey sandwiches the next day.

  202. Rivky G says:

    love a good sweet potato pie!! yummm

  203. Linda Ancona says:

    Definitely the pecan pie!

  204. dkny says:

    I like a really good creamy mashed potatoes and also simple roasted haricots verts made with olive oil and salt and pepper.

  205. dkny says:

    I follow you on Instagram.

  206. tova says:

    my favorite thanksgiving dish is cranberry relish.

  207. Rochel says:

    I love things with pumpkin in it; specifically pumpkin pie!

  208. Laurie M says:

    I love potatoes on Thanksgiving. Mashed, roasted, baked. Any type!!

  209. liba says:

    apple turnovers

  210. dln says:

    sweet potato pie, with roasted marshmallows on top…complete awesomeness!

  211. Rachel says:

    I love Thanksgiving food in general! I am always happy to have a Thanksgiving meal in the middle of some random day of the year!

  212. Birdiebee says:

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is mushroom stuffing.

  213. Birdiebee says:

    I Like (follow) on FB as Terry Stevens.

  214. Birdiebee says:

    I follow on Twitter as birdiebee52.

  215. Birdiebee says:

    I follow on Instagram as birdiebee52.

  216. Birdiebee says:

    I follow on Pinterest as birdiebee52.

  217. Jamie says:

    Stuffing is my favorite thanksgiving dish!

  218. Esther posen says:

    I follow you on Instagram as eposen. My favorite thanksgiving dish is pecan pie.

  219. Carol says:

    My husband makes a Julia Child turkey recipe. He removes the white meat, then he removes the rib cage. He slices the white meat and fills the turkey cavity with the sliced white meat and a turkey stuffing that my mother made of Herb Seasoned Stuffing (like Pepperidge Farm) to which I add sautéed onions, mushrooms, and celery and some broth. He sews it up and roasts. The first year it looked like( the newly released) ET. Every year it got better looking.

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