Review: Teens & 20 Somethings

Susie Fishbein

You're young, busy, don't have a lot of time, but like to cook - or would like to learn. Then here's the cookbook you've been hungry for!
Want to make amazing food at home instead of ordering another takeout meal? Thinking about surprising your mother with a superb full course dinner, but need help? Need creative ideas to plan a great party at home - even on short notice? Looking for simple-to-do recipes that don't require fancy kitchen gadgets? You're in luck! Here are 100 uncommonly delicious alternatives to common fast food!
Students, newlyweds, young people at home, in their own apartments, or in dorms - (and the older adults who often feed them) - will all welcome Kosher by Design: Teens and 20-Somethings, the newest and most anticipated member of the KBD family.
100 easy-to-prepare brand new recipes

I received an email asking me if I would review this cookbook for teens earlier last week. I was a little hesitant because I want this blog to be dedicated solely to young adult. Also I wasn't completely sure what kosher food was since I never had it before. But I figured why not? I'm so glad I agreed to review this!

Okay it's honesty time: I cannot cook. At all. My main dish is cereal and for a fancy cuisine I'll make mac n' cheese. So when I opened Teens & 20 Somethings cookbook I was shocked by how mouth watering the dishes looked. I immediately jumped to the conclusion that I was about to burn the house down in attempts to make my family dinner. Once again, I was wrong.

The directions are clear and simple. There's a list of ingredients, what you'll need to make the meal and step by step instructions. With each recipe there is a picture on the following page so you know what the final product should look like.

In the beginning of the book there is a list of special needs diets; like vegetarian and gluten free just to name a few. There's little symbols to go with each special diet and they're listed on the sides of each page, how cool is that?!

There's eight different sections, three are starters, munchies and my favorite section desserts! At the end there is party ideas for sports or a summer themed get together. I made the Frozen Banana Pops for my family. For the first time in my life they actually liked what I cooked.

Recipes: 4/5
Instructions: 5/5
Originality: 4/5
Overall: 4/5

For a cookbook this one rocked! They have tasty recipes and easy to follow instructions.
You should definitely check this one out if you need help in the cooking department, or just like to cook!

These are the Frozen Banana Pops I made. I covered them in gram crackers and sprinkles. They were so delicious!



  1. This sounds awesome.
    Any pictures of anything you cooked?

  2. I have one picture of a dessert I made. I forgot to take one of the pasta, but it was extremely delicious. I'll add the dessert in this post.
    Thanks Juju :)

  3. I LOVE the Kosher by Design cookbooks. I have five of them and they're all fantastic. I've never tried a recipe from them and had it go wrong.

    I hadn't seen this one but now I know one of the presents I'm getting my daughter for Hanukkah! (Thanks ;-)

  4. I bet your daughter will love it! The three dishes I have made from them are so delicious. I've never had kosher food before so I didn't know if I'd like it, but I'm loving it! :)