Paula Shoyer, author of the The Kosher Baker , has done it again with her new book, The Holiday Kosher Baker . She has already sold thousands of books and has appeared around the country demonstrating her unique creations and wowing people with her Kosher baking expertise. This book features holiday baking ideas from the classics and traditional items like rugelach, babka, and apple cake to updated and show stopper recipes like Salted Caramel Banana Tart Tatin (I made it last week, and it was superb), and Raspberry and Rose Macaroon Cake. A few things I love about this book, first the endless ideas for kosher substitutions for hard to find ingredients or pareve ingredients AND the incredible hints on how to make things Kosher for Passover (like converting flour to potato starch in a recipe while still keeping it light and tasty). And I especially like the Passover section filled with desserts that are good enough for all year round.
Not only did Paula include two sneak peak Hanukah recipes for GKC readers, Pumpkin Doughnuts  and Almond and Olive Oil Cake , but she is also giving one lucky reader a free book just in time for Hanukah! Submit to win !
Paula is a friend of GKC and sat down to answer a few of our reader questions. I love it when authors and chefs share their secrets to success. Have more questions? Just email me  and Paula will be happy to respond.
GKC: Paula, you are an expert baker. What is the secret to great kosher baking?
Paula: The secret to all baking is actually following the recipe and measuring. The secret to kosher baking is understanding all the of the great dairy-free ingredients out there that you can use to substitute for dairy ones. We are so lucky to live in 2013 with so many great options.
GKC: There are some impressive and “WOW” factor recipes in this book, are your books for advanced bakers?
Paula: No way! We all need easy options. Both books have recipes labeled "easy", "moderate," and "multiple step," so there is something for every level of baker. The Kosher Baker  has an entire chapter, 45 recipes, of super easy yet delicious and elegant desserts. The Holiday Kosher Baker has lots of easy desserts too about 35, but as we like fancier desserts for the holidays, the new book has many showstoppers for your holiday tables.
GKC: What is your go-to dessert?
Paula: From the new book, The Holiday Kosher Baker , I love the chewy chocolate and olive oil cookies - so easy and everyone loves them; and from The Kosher Baker, the orange tea cake from the cover photo.
GKC: What is your favorite thing to do with a flopped cake?
Paula: Plate it in the kitchen, add berries and a sauce or whipped cream, turn it into a bread pudding, or sometimes, if it is a total dud, it is labeled a "bake and dump”.
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