By June Hersh
St. Martin’s Press, $29.99, 240 pages
Kosher meat is known for its high quality, flavor, and the humane conditions in which it is raised and butchered. June Hersh’s The Kosher Carnivore features 120 all new meat and poultry recipes that meet the needs of those who keep kosher and will also delight all cooks looking for innovative dishes and who are interested in mindful eating. Hersh presents a fascinating guide to kosher eating. Did you know that a Kosher inspection trumps even USDA standards? In addition to the recipes, Hersh fills the book’s margins with historic tidbits and trivia. To accompany the meat and poultry dishes, readers will find recipes for veggies, carbs, soups, dressings, relishes, salsas, and chutney. One drawback is the lack of photographs. There are only eight total. With so many cookbooks on the market, more photos would be a nice way to stand out from the crowd. If you are looking for a coffee table cookbook, choose something else. This is a book made to be used, written in, and enjoyed while creating kosher masterpieces. A portion of the book’s proceeds go to support MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, a nonprofit that works to alleviate hunger among people of all faiths.