Best-Selling Author Susie Fishbein Brings International Cuisine Home with A New Cookbook that Chronicles Her Culinary Travels

Kosher-by-Design_Brings-it-Home-1012x1024Kosher by Design Brings It Home is Susie’s final installment in the Kosher by Design cookbook series.

Fifteen years ago Susie Fishbein set out to bring a sense of elegance and beauty to kosher cooking.  Creating innovative recipes for holidays as well as every day meals, to unique table settings and floral arrangements, the Kosher by Design cookbook series was born.  With over 500,000 copies sold, Susie is the definitive voice in kosher cooking and her books are THE go-to resources for home cooks who want delicious and creative kosher meals.

Now, with her final installment in the Kosher by Design cookbook series, Susie presents fresh and exciting new recipes culled from her 15-year culinary journey. Kosher by Design Brings It Home offers 115 tempting international recipes accompanied by magnificent full-color photos.  Along with many poignant stories gleaned from her cooking demos, Susie shares the tantalizingly delicious recipes learned from the great chefs she encountered in Italy, France, Mexico, Israel, and across North America.

“Moving out of the comfort zone of my New Jersey kitchen has been monumentally influential on my recipe writing,” Susie explains.  “While travel is truly one of life’s pleasures, and there is a thrill and gratification to seeing the world, there is nothing like the comfort found in bringing it home.”

In bringing her culinary travel experiences home, Susie seasoned the book with entertaining anecdotes and finely spiced recipes that allow readers to experience a wide array of flavors and tastes.  Chapters cover Appetizers, Soups, Salads, Poultry, Meat, Dairy/Fish, Side Dishes and Desserts – –  everything for any occasion, menu and taste.  Recipes include:

  • Moroccan Harira Soup
  • Pistou Soup
  • Carmel Spa Pomegranate Almond Salad
  • Khachapuri Shakshuka
  • Melanzane di Scaroncino
  • Harissa Maple Roasted Parsnips
  • Chili Delicata Squash with Blueberry Honey
  • Coconut Lime Pargiyot Skewers
  • Tuna Ceviche Tostados
  • Herbed Halibut & White Beans
  • Rosemary Lavender Chicken
  • Firecracker Turkey Burger
  • Dried Fruit & Quinoa Stuffed Capons
  • Braciole
  • Pumpkin Braised Short Ribs
  • Spicy Kim Chee Hangar Steaks
  • French Napoleons
  • Lemon Tiramisu

Travel with Susie as she brings cross-cultural culinary experiences to your kitchen with Kosher by Design Brings It Home, her superlative conclusion to the cookbooks that elevated kosher cooking to world-class taste and presentation.

As I ‘bring home’ this series, I am humbled and amazed by the success of the KBD cookbooks. I thank my readers across the culinary world for being on this journey with me and for making it the triumph that it has been.”

Susie Fishbein is a world-famous kosher cook and author. Her acclaimed Kosher by Design series (including Kosher by Design Entertaining, Short on Time, Kids in the Kitchen, Passover by Design, Cooking Coach) has sold over 500,000 copies worldwide and has led to hundreds of personal appearances from coast to coast and abroad. Susie has been the featured celebrity guest on cruise ships as well as at culinary adventures in France, Italy, Israel, and Mexico. Profiled in The New York Times and on CNN, Susie has been named one of the 50 most influential Jews by The Forward. A media favorite she has been a guest on scores of network TV and radio shows such as NBC’s Today and Martha Stewart Radio. Susie was featured at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival at Disneyworld, and taught at New York’s De Gustibus cooking school, as well as a featured celebrity teacher on cruise ships. In recognition of National Jewish Heritage Month, Susie was an honored guest at the White House. She annually leads international culinary tours. She lives with her family in New Jersey.


For more information on Susie and the Kosher by Design series, visit

The following recipe may be reprinted with the following credit:

Recipe from Kosher by Design Brings It Home by Susie Fishbein

Mesorah Publications/March 2016


Meze Burger

I kicked off my 2015 Israel Foodie Tour with a cooking demonstration. In developing this burger, I wanted to use as many Middle Eastern ingredients as possible, to whet the appetites of the participants for what they would experience in the upcoming days. The chickpeas in the burger, the crunch of the sumac onions, the creaminess of the techina, the hit of za’atar in the olive oil, the crisp grilled eggplant: this one rang every bell.  You will LOVE it!

Yields 4 burgers


1 cup chickpeas (may be canned)

1-pound ground beef

2 teaspoons shawarma spice

1 medium eggplant

extra-virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 onion, halved, thinly sliced

1 tablespoon sumac

1 teaspoon za’atar

2 teaspoons techina

1 small beefsteak tomato, thinly sliced 1 English or Persian cucumber, not peeled, cut into paper-thin slices

6 Kalamata olives, pitted and chopped

4 burger buns


Place the chickpeas into a large bowl. Using a potato masher, mash the chickpeas. Add the ground beef and shawarma spice. Mix well to combine. Divide and shape into 4 burgers.

Slice the eggplant into 4 (½-inch-thick) slices, the same diameter as the burgers. Place into a bowl; drizzle with olive oil and kosher salt. Rub the oil in; allow to tenderize for a few minutes.

Place the onion slices into a small bowl. Toss with the sumac and 2 teaspoons olive oil. Set aside.

In a small bowl or ramekin, combine the za’atar with 1 tablespoon olive oil.

Coat a nonstick grill pan with nonstick cooking spray. Heat the pan until very hot but not smoking. Grill the eggplant, trying not to move it around so you get nice grill marks on both sides. Remove to a platter; set aside. Re-spray the pan; sear the burgers, 6-7 minutes per side.

Assemble the burgers: Spread ½ teaspoon techina on one side of the bun and spread a little of the za’atar mix on the other side. Place a burger on the bottom half of a bun. Top with eggplant slice, tomato, cucum-ber, sumac onions, and olives. Top with second half of bun. Repeat with remaining burgers and buns.

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