The Kosher Billionaire's Secret Recipe
by Stacy Cohen
At first glance, The Kosher Billionaire’s Secret Recipe looks like nothing more than a frivolous coffee-table book, complete with glossy photographs of the author—Stacy Cohen—living her “billionaire lifestyle.”
The “recipe” Cohen espouses, is that you can live a healthy physical and spiritual life, complete with inner peace, while keeping kosher. The success of her book lies in the fact that this woman, given to excesses and who has the world at her fingertips, exercises one of the most basic tenets involved in keeping kosher: restraint. That a woman of her means has the self-discipline to separate meat from milk, avoid shellfish—particularly in a world obsessed with seafood—and not be tempted by the sumptuous delicacies she finds herself coming into contact with on a regular basis, is perhaps the best seal of approval this book can achieve.
There’s an excellent section at the back of the book with some delicious kosher recipes including Beef Ragu with Eggplant Timbale and Fresh Pea Puree, and “Stacy’s Kiss”— “I Can’t Believe It’s Soy” Panna Cotta.
Clearly this is a book aimed at people who don’t keep kosher and who seem to be under the impression that kosher food consists of heavy meats and matza ball soup. However, despite the glossy photos, and a glimpse into Cohen’s billionaire lifestyle, it’s unlikely non-Jews will be willing to drink only kosher wines, give up their meats cooked in butter or swap their shrimp cocktails for tuna tartar any time soon.
Reviewed by Kelly Hartog
(Updated: 12/02/08 SB)