Einat Admony is a 21st-century balaboosta (Yiddish for “perfect housewife”).She’s a mother and wife, but also a chef busy running three bustling New York City restaurants. Her debut cookbook features 140 of the recipes she cooks for the people she loves—her children, her husband, and the many friends she regularly entertains. Here, Einat’s mixed Israeli heritage (Yemenite, Persian) seamlessly blends with the fresh, sophisticated Mediterranean palate she honed while working in some of New York City’s most beloved kitchens.

The result is a melting pot of meals for every need and occasion: exotic and exciting dinner-party dishes (harissa-spiced Moroccan fish, beet gnocchi), meals just for kids (chicken schnitzel, root veggie chips), healthy options (butternut squash and saffron soup, quinoa salad with preserved lemon and chickpeas), satisfying comfort food (creamy, cheesy potatoes, spicy chili), and so much more.

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“Cauliflower with magical powers.”Dinner: A Love Story

“This is going to be a bold claim, but we found the Harry Potter of cookbooks. . . . It’s called Balaboosta, and its Israeli-inspired recipes are universal crowd-pleasers. What’s even better: They’re almost all YA-level easy.”


“Oozing with personality, warmth and quality recipes, this cookbook is a must have.”

Joy of Kosher


“A vibrant and inviting collection of personal stories and recipes.”

—Tablet Magazine


“Engagingly written, with humor, enthusiasm and great stories.”

—The Jewish Week

“Beautiful. . . . The book’s recipes redefine Jewish cooking.”


“A gorgeously cookable take on the kind of simple, sophisticated, intensely flavorful food I find myself always wanting to eat.”


“If you're looking for the Jewish-American dishes you grew up with or favorite Mediterranean dishes, you'll find many of them here. If you want something easy to put on the tonight's table or to serve at an upcoming dinner party, those kinds of recipes are here too. And if you've been to one of Einat Admony's restaurants and are hoping to see some favorites that you can make at home, yes, there's a whole chapter for you to plunder. There is something in Balaboosta for everyone.” The Kitchn

“A multinational smorgasbord of intensely flavorful dishes.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Inventive and heartily satisfying twists on Middle-Eastern-meets-Mediterranean cuisine.” —New York Times

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September 03, 2013
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