Mia Adler-Ozair believes that the kitchen is the heart of a family. Cooking for family is one the best ways to show your love, especially healthy and nutritious foods. A licensed psychotherapist in Los Angeles, CA, and mother to 9 children, Mia combined the culturally diverse nature of her own marriage, along with some of her family’s favorite recipes to create COOK, PRAY, EAT KOSHER: The Essential Kosher Cookbook for the Jewish Soul. With over 90 delicious recipes, this heartfelt volume is more than just a cookbook; it is a spiritual exploration of Jewish life and its deep connections with food.
Mia weaves together the culinary delights of both Ashkenazi and Sepharadi heritages offering a full range of dishes for every palate. She carefully narrates holiday menus, cook’s tips and kashrut with knowledge and description that will have those new to cooking as well as experts in the kitchen learning and appreciating the holidays.
Included are original guides for how to prepare meals for and observe Shabbat and holidays, how to fulfill the woman’s mitzvah of making and taking challah, and a profound reflection on the essential relationship between food and the Jewish soul.
“Given that so much of our lives revolve around food, and given that food plays such an integral role in the life of a Jewish family (what we can eat, how and when we can eat it), it would seem that developing a healthy relationship with food can only benefit us,” Mia says. “In creating this cookbook my intention is to not only equip you with some great recipes but to hopefully inspire you to see how your relationship with food can elevate you and your family. There are so many Jewish laws we must observe when it comes to food. However, the one that that we must do, regardless of our religious background, is to always strive to find ways to grow spiritually, to challenge ourselves, and to find the delicate balance one must have in order to create a healthy connection with food and with life.”