Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Spotlight and Giveaway: Kissing Kosher

Only one week left until Jean Meltzer's latest rom-com, Kissing Kosher, is released! We're here to tell you more about it today. Melissa loved this novel and gave it a five star review. She's also planning to meet Jean at an event next week. (Sara Goodman Confino will be there too.) Thanks to Harlequin, we have one copy of Kissing Kosher for a lucky reader!

Step 1: Get the secret recipe. Step 2: Don’t fall in love…

Avital Cohen isn’t wearing underpants—woefully, for unsexy reasons. Chronic pelvic pain has forced her to sideline her photography dreams and her love life. It’s all she can do to manage her family’s kosher bakery, Best Babka in Brooklyn, without collapsing.

She needs hired help.

And distractingly handsome Ethan Lippmann seems the perfect fit.

Except Ethan isn’t there to work—he’s undercover, at the behest of his ironfisted grandfather. Though Lippmann’s is a household name when it comes to mass-produced kosher baked goods, they don’t have the charm of Avital’s bakery. Or her grandfather’s world-famous pumpkin spice babka recipe.

As they bake side by side, Ethan soon finds himself more interested in Avital than in stealing family secrets, especially as he helps her find the chronic pain relief—and pleasure—she’s been missing.

But perfecting the recipe for romance calls for leaving out the lies…even if coming clean means risking everything.

"I loved every word of this proudly Jewish and sexy romance that highlights the importance of finding joy even in the most painful of times.” 
—Meredith Schorr, author of As Seen on TV and Someone Just Like You

"Take the sweetest, most tender love story, braid it with the beauty of Jewish tradition, bake until it heats up with a family feud, and you've got Kissing Kosher. This delicious romance is more satisfying than the best dessert." 
—Amanda Elliot, author of Best Served Hot and Sadie on a Plate

“Readers will devour this one-of-a-kind novel, that covers everything from relationships, intimacy, and sex, to family dysfunction and intergenerational trauma. Jean writes romance the way your Bubbe bakes challah—with devotion, delight, and loads of love.” 
—Lynda Cohen Loigman, bestselling author of The Matchmaker’s Gift and The Two-Family House

Credit: Lisa Damico
Jean Meltzer studied dramatic writing at NYU Tisch and has earned numerous awards for her work in television, including a daytime Emmy. She spent five years in rabbinical school before her chronic illness forced her to withdraw, and her father told her she should write a book—just not a Jewish one because no one reads those. Kissing Kosher is her third novel.

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Giveaway ends August 27th at midnight EST.

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Robyn said...
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Robyn said...

I can't wait to read this book. Thank you for the giveaway.

traveler said...

Keeping Kosher involves a kitchen with separate areas for dairy and meat. Cabinets. pantry and fridges and sinks. I don't keep kosher but believe that it is cleaner and important. This book sounds delightful. I read the first one by the author which I enjoyed greatly.

Anonymous said...

I can not wait to read the book the old fashioned way

Anonymous said...

Susieqlaw: I know a little but have so much to learn!

Rita Wray said...

Keeping Kosher is making sure everyone is satisfied.

Phyllis Bernstein said...

Can’t wait up read this. Read an excerpt and loved it! Read Jean’s other 2 books already. By the way, I keep kosher

Toni Laliberte said...

I really don't know much about keeping Kosher, but I'm willing to learn, and Jean Meltzer is a great resource. Thanks for the chance to win her new book.

Mary C said...

According to Jewish law, the three basic elements of keeping kosher are: Avoiding any non-kosher animals (fish that don't have fins and scales, land animals that do not both chew their cud and have cleft hooves, most birds); Avoiding eating meat and dairy together; Only eating meat that was slaughtered in a certain way, and drained of blood.

NoraA said...

Not only is my home Kosher. It is Glatt Kosher since my family is Uber Frum. Kosher meat isn't good enough. We shop only in Kosher Supermarkets and keep the Sabbath as much as we're comfortable with.

I'd love to add that book to my growing home library (3000 and growing).

dstoutholcomb said...

I know that I can't just take something food-wise into a Kosher house out of respect for the family. Many Kosher homes have more than one oven, sink or keep the double sink separate.

When I worked at a grocery store in college, one family asked me to bag their meat and dairy separately.


diannekc said...

In a Kosher home they don't eat meat and dairy together and have separate dishes for meat and dairy.

Annmarie Weeks said...

I have to admit I don't know much about keeping Kosher. I just knew it involved what foods one could & couldn't eat. Reading these comments has been enlightening! Thanks to those who took the time to explain!

Lisa D said...

I don't know a great deal about keeping Kosher but it seems that you can't eat shellfish or birds of prey and you can't eat meat and dairy together.

Mary Preston said...

I know you should not eat dairy and meat together.

Nancy P said...

Kosher is a 80s slang term to mean it's all good.

bn100 said...

not sure

Mary Patricia Bird said...

I worked with Orthodox Jewish people many years ago. I learned a lot from them. I could stand to learn more.