If you have a pulse and are living on planet earth you surely own one of Susie Fishbein's cookbooks. The only question is how many of Susie's books do you own? Susie has sold more than 400,000 copies of her books. Not to bad when in our circles if you sell over 10,000 copies of a book you are an absolute literary star.
What is Susie's recipe for success? Well its probably a combination of many things that created the perfect storm in everyone's kitchen. Susie is down to earth. While her recipes are far from same old same old, she adds fresh twists to many basic dishes and doesn't deviate too far from our palettes comfort zone. Just like Esther HaMalka she caters to all cuisines causing everyone to believe she is one of theirs.
More importantly she takes good care of the people who really count, the chef making the food. She tries to keep it sweet and simple without turning you afternoon in the kitchen into a wild adventure. And of course how the finished product looks is a very important part of the dish (certainly the gorgeous pictures in her book that jump out of the pages into your mouth don't hurt either.)
So how did Susie become Susie? She is actually mostly self taught, while some professional chefs helped her really hone her skills. Susie passes on the favor and appears all over the country showing budding and seasoned chef's alike how its done. She has made appearance on many major US media outlets and no serious cooking publication hasn't featured her at one time or another.
And now we have been graced with Susie Fishbein's recipe box on Culinary Kosher. Her first recipe is Warm Apple & Pear Beggars Purse. For even more Susie you can go to her Kosher By Design Blog. Welcome aboard Susie and thanks for joining us!