Kosher Blogger Whitney Fisch and Three Others Release Modern E-Cookbook for Passover

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Cashew "cream" tomato soup with sun-dried tomato relish from 4 Bloggers Dish: Passover; Modern Twists on Traditional Flavors.
"Modern" isn't a word typically associated with Passover. For starters, the holiday, which begins April 14 this year, commemorates the Jews' escape from slavery in Egypt thousands of years ago and is rife with age-old traditions. And when it comes to the food served throughout the eight days, many will tell you their families have been eating the exact same stuff since they can remember.

What's more, options are limited by Passover being the holiday of unleavened bread, where the only grain product permitted is matzo (unleavened bread). Though much can be made from matzo's byproducts, such as matzo flour and matzo meal (coarsely ground matzo), it's easy to tire of it all around day three.

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Lee Schrager's Fried & True Is an Ode to Fried Chicken

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Unless you've been eating potato chips in your closet for the past dozen years, you know Lee Brian Schrager as the creator of and force behind the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. But you might not know that he's a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, that he's worked for culinary icons such as Eli Zabar and Peter DeLuca, and that he's opened both a bar and a restaurant in South Beach.

Also, that he loves fried chicken -- which he calls "America's favorite guilty pleasure" -- and that he's written book celebrating 50 of nation's best recipes for deep-fried fowl and the chefs and restaurants that serve it. Fried & True will go on sale May 20, but before it does, we got on the phone with the peripatetic Schrager, whose day job is vice president of corporate communications and national events for Southern Wine & Spirits, to get a few nuggets of fried chicken wisdom.

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This Saturday: Treme Writer and New Orleans Foodie Lolis Eric Elie Book Signing at Books & Books

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New Orleans journalist, writer, and documentary filmmaker Lolis Eric Elie will be making an appearance at Books & Books in Coral Gables to sign copies of this new volume: Treme: Stories and Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans.

The book signing starts at 7 p.m. With recipes such as chef Janette Desautel's crawfish ravioli and LaDonna Batiste-Williams's smothered turnip soup, Elie's book is a compilation of recipes taken from New Orleans' culturally rich neighborhood of Treme, as well as David Simon's HBO series with the same name.

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Ellen Kanner's Feeding the Hungry Ghost Teaches Readers on Seasonal Eats, Community & Food for the Soul

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While Miami's vegan scene might be a little bit lacking, we have to give props to the dedicated herbivores working to educate the masses on the benefits of local produce, meatless Mondays and cruelty-free cuisine.

One such teacher is Ellen Kanner, blogger, columnist and now, cookbook author. Kanner has long been a force for healthy living in South Florida, and she's about to reach a broader audience with her new cookbook, Feeding the Hungry Ghost: Life, Faith and What to Eat for Dinner. In it, she schools readers on the four seasons, spirituality through food and greens galore.

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Martha Stewart Goes Meatless

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You know meatless is mainstream when it's being embraced by the kitchen queen herself, Martha Stewart. The ex-con and corporate master known as M. Diddy just released a new cookbook compiling the best and brightest of her meat-free concoctions.

Meatless offers more than 200 recipes from the editors of Martha Stewart Living.Why the emphasis on meat-free eating? As Stewart says on her blog, "numerous studies have shown that you can reduce the risks of cancer, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes by consuming more vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds, and by eating fewer meats."

Amen, sister.

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Fifty Shades of Chicken: Awesome Erotic Chicken Recipes (Video)

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Fifty Shades of Chicken
Be careful of those dripping thighs.
Fifty Shades of Grey, the erotic novel by E.L. James, became a breakout sensation, selling over 40 million copies and making the New York Times bestseller list. It's also been "roasted" by every comedian, literary critics, and Saturday Night Live for its bondage fantasy subject matter and less-than-Hemingway writing style.

So, it's only natural that someone would take this turkey of a book and make it all about chicken. Fifty Shades of Chicken, to be exact. This extremely hilarious cookbook offers 50 different erotic chicken recipes like dripping thighs, mustard spanked chicken, and chicken with a lardon.

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Hedy Goldsmith's Baking Out Loud: Book Parties and Video Previews

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Hedy Goldsmith is juggling a lot of sweets on her plate.
Baking Out Loud, Hedy Goldsmith's first book is finally coming out in about a month.

The 224-page tome features 80 recipes by the talented executive pastry chef at Michael's Genuine Food & Drink and photographs by Ben Fink.

Many of the treats featured in Baking Out Loud are upgraded riffs on the chow we all grew up with: Oreos, Pop Tarts, Swiss Rolls, and Twinkies. Goldsmith also reveals the secret behind her addictive "Junk in Da Trunk" cookies, which could possibly be worth the price of the book in itself.

Baking Out Loud
lists for $27.50, but is offering the book for $15.54 on pre-sale with free super-saver shipping.

With every book release come the inevitable parties, and the first one has already been announced.

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Hedy Goldsmith's Cookbook Available For Presale: We Have a Preview

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Ms. Goldsmith goes to New York.
2012 is turning out to be a good year, indeed, for Michael's Genuine Food & Drink pastry chef Hedy Goldsmith.

The modest and talented chef is on her way this weekend to New York City for the annual James Beard Foundation Awards ceremony at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall on Monday, May 7, where she is a nominee in the Outstanding Pastry Chef category, alongside notable peers Joanne Chang (Flour Bakery + Café in Cambridge, Massachusetts), Melissa Chou (Aziza in San Francisco), Dahlia Narvaez (Osteria Mozza in Los Angeles), Ghaya Oliveira (Boulud Sud in New York), and Mindy Segal (Mindy's Hot Chocolate in Chicago).

If that's not all, her first book, Baking Out Loud: Fun Desserts with Big Flavors, which has an October 2 release date, is available for pre-sale on for $14.74 (which is a big savings over the $27.50 list price).

Chef Goldsmith has shared a sneak preview of her book with Short Order readers, with a recipe for her easy-to-make and delicious popcorn & peanut bark. Give 'em hell in New York Hedy!

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From the Big House to Your House: Lifers in Women's Prison Compile Cookbook of Improvised Recipes

Some women at a Texas prison have compiled their culinary wisdom into a cookbook for those on the outside. The volume, titled From the Big House to Your House, is a collection of 200 recipes written by six women of the Mountain View Unit of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in Gatesville, Texas. All except one of the authors -- Celeste Johnson, Ceyma Bina, Barbara Holder, Tina Cornelius, Trenda Kemmerer and Louanne Larson -- are serving prison sentences of at least 50 years for murder convictions.

The women pooled their resources to seek alternatives to prison chow, which eventually led to the cookbook. The recipes are easy-to-prepare meals, snacks, and desserts. They have to be easy because in prison there are no toaster ovens or microwaves; all they had to cook with was a hot pot and an empty potato chip bag -- which works well for trapping heat.

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The Dead Celebrity Cookbook: Golden Girls, Star Trek, Lucy -- Dead and Delicious

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Bea Arthur: Thank you for being a veg.
If you always wanted to cook like a (dead) rock star, then The Dead Celebrity Cookbook is for you.

This little tome of awesomeness is the brainchild of Frank DeCaro, who started collecting the recipes of stars gone "bye" after attending a "dead celebrity party." DeCaro, who was a movie critic on The Jon Stewart Show, has broken up the recipes into some freaking funny chapters, like:

I Lunch Lucy, featuring Lucille Balls' Chopped Chicken Livers, Sunday Night Goulash, and Tropical Treat (a possible homage to ex-husband and fellow dead celebrity, Desi Arnaz).

Thank You For Feeding a Friend
is all about the Golden Girls being healthy (before taking dirt naps).  PETA supporter Bea Arthur's Vegetarian Breakfast, Rue McClanahan's Non-Dairy Cheesecake, and Estelle Getty's Baked Chicken Fingers recipes are included. So far, Betty White, who just turned 90, isn't included since she's still above ground.

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