Feed the People You Love.

12th man

Celebrating on Sunday when the Seahawks won their first Super Bowl.

February is here and Seattle is feeling the love. The Seahawks are Super Bowl champions! They’re predicting 500,000 fans will line the streets for the big victory parade. Unbelievable. You’ve gotta love the 12th man!

My February cookbook pick is also all about the love – the feeding your friends and family kind – and I am looking forward to sharing it with you.

Here it is…

Screen Shot 2014-02-04 at 8.33.17 PM Balaboosta
Bold Mediterranean Recipes
to Feed the People You Love.
– By Einat Admony

Einat Admony is originally from Israel, but now lives in New York, raising her family and running three restaurants. She is also a winner on Chopped. I discovered Einat Admony at Barnes & Noble on one of my all too often strolls through the cookbook section.  The title of the book caught my eye – a word I didn’t recognize.

Balaboosta. It’s Yiddish for perfect housewife. And it’s the name of one of Einat’s restaurants. I love how Einat explains it:

“Balaboosta is a term of respect and endearment, reserved for the most energetic of women who tirelessly cooked and cleaned while taking charge of the spiritual and emotional well-being of their husbands and kids.

I come from a long line of balaboostas. There’s my mom, Ziona, of course. There’s her sister, Chana – a divorced mother of five who still spends eighteen hours a day making meatballs, rice, couscous, lamb stew, and chicken schnitzel for her kids, grandkids, neighbors, mailman, the old woman in the wheelchair across the hall, and whoever else might drop by for a bite.

 Like my mom, my aunt Chana, and the generations of balaboostas before them, I cook from the gut.”

I bought this cookbook because it’s full of incredible Mediterranean recipes and it just oozes with love. The writing is so entertaining, I read it like a novel, pausing to drool over the recipes along the way.

Recipes for kids, for friends, for busy weeknights, family gatherings, special occasions, and romantic dinners for two… there’s even a recipe for a Morning Orgasm (pomegranate juice, rose water, champagne) Valentine’s Day breakfast, anyone?

So it was really hard to decide which recipes to cook and post this month, but here is what I am planning (subject to change) –

  • Crispy Calamari with Saffron Aioli
  • Turkish Coffee Brownies
  • Falafel
  • Herbed Meat Kabobs
  • Tangy Tabbouleh
  • Zucchini Patties

Sound good to you? It was hard to choose just a few recipes from this book! I’ll give away a copy at the end of the month, too, so stick around.

You can learn more about Einant Admony in this video produced by The New York Times.

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