Chef Renee Rousso Chernin is an open book about her cooking journey, her passion for Judaism and her inspired calling to teach what she calls “the opportunity for Jewish women.”
Chef Renee Roussin Chernin www.TheKosherChannel.com
Chef Renee admits at one time she was a self described “insecure cook”. By her calculation, planning a menu everyone would eat + shopping + preparing + cooking + clean up = “Not worth my while.”
This chef said, “Balancing the “chore” of preparing food with her values like health, nutrition, creativity and caring for her family was a journey of little steps.” One of those steps had to manage the classic struggle between working outside the home and handling the numerous tasks inside the home, LIKE COOKING!
She was looking for something and needed it to be “simplified”.
She poured herself over volumes of Food and Wine searching for recipes she could Kosherize and simplify. With her Greek and Turkish palate she tasted and experimented, then seasoned with her Southern roots. So you can expect recipes from her book to be…let’s just call them, deliciously “unique”.
Now, what about this “opportunity for Jewish women” she talks about?
This 2 time cookbook author, story teller, carrier of her family’s Sephardic traditions is particularly proud of the life perspective she’s acquired and enjoys sharing.
When I spoke with her she shared, “We fill our life with tiny acts. Like with cooking and running errands for our family. We can’t imagine the payoff. We can only see it when we are older, when we sense the satisfaction.” She’s quiet, then continues. “Must move the mundane to meaningful. Cooking became meaningful. With such tiny acts we are really accomplishing greatness in our life.”
I’d say this is a great thought with which to start the new year.