COOKBOOK CONFIDENTIAL – Judy Stavisky reviews Spicy Ground Beef Kabobs

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Hi there,

It is my pleasure to introduce you to Judy Stavisky. Judy is an amazing woman and an accomplished writer. She first introduced herself to me by saying she knew she wasn’t the only person in the world who read cookbooks for bedtime stories. I laughed out loud because that is the truth about me. Judy has written a fascinating book about the daily lives of Amish women. I purchased it on Amazon and have been reading it. It is a very well-written and interesting book. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for something besides cookbooks to read.

What follows is the recipe from Milk Street Tuesday Nights Mediterranean and Judy’s review.

The recipe was just okay. In truth, not spicy and needed more heat spice. Easy to make, easy to burn, too!  This is the second recipe I prepared, and neither is outstanding. I would not recommend purchasing the book, though it did suggest some interesting spice combinations. Finally had the opportunity use that sumac! 

 I am the author of a recent book on Amish women (In Plain View: The Daily Lives of Amish Women), a 10 year endeavor to become more familiar with Amish culture, food and fellowship. I teach public health programming at Arcadia University in Pennsylvania and work as a non-profit consultant to scratch-made meals cooked in ones home and then delivered to those who are infirm. I am an enthusiastic cook of ethnic cuisines and eager to learn more about other cultures through their foods.

Thank you, Judy, for taking the time out of your busy life to join our band of cookbook reviewers. If you are interested in finding out more information about Judy’s book, In Plain View, please visit

10 responses to “COOKBOOK CONFIDENTIAL – Judy Stavisky reviews Spicy Ground Beef Kabobs”

  1. Hi Bernadette, great to meet Judy and read her opinion of this book and this recipe which I also made.

  2. Retirement Reflections – Vancouver Island, BC – Prior to retirement, I lived and worked in Beijing China for fourteen years (Middle School Principal/Deputy Director at The Western Academy of Beijing). Leaving international life behind, my husband and I retired to Vancouver Island in June 2015. To document both this transition and our new adventures, ‘Retirement Reflections’ was born. I hope that you enjoy reading these reflections, and will be willing to share your own.
    Retirement Reflections says:

    Hi, Judy and Bernadette – Thank you for this candid review. I love that three different book club members used this same recipe, each with slightly different thoughts and opinions. In this way, recipes and cookbooks are quite similar to books and movies — each of us has a somewhat different takeaway. I greatly appreciate these diverse opinions–it makes for great discussion!

  3. Awakening Wonders – Everyday life is filled with wondrous things and embraceable moments, but only if we allow ourselves to be fully awakened. I invite you to join me as I share passionate life adventures and ramblings that awaken my spirit. I look forward to awakening your senses to the simple, joyous wonders that are all around us. I feel that we are destined to become soulful adventurers!
    Awakening Wonders says:

    “She first introduced herself to me by saying she knew she wasn’t the only person in the world who read cookbooks for bedtime stories. I laughed out loud because that is the truth about me.” And true for me too!!!!!!

  4. V.M.Sang – UK – I was born and educated in the north west of England. I trained as a teacher in Manchester and taught in Salford, Lancashire, Hampshire and Croydon. I write fantasy novels currently. I also make cards, knit, crochet, tat, do cross stitch and paint. I enjoy walking on the Downs, cycling and kayaking. I do not enjoy housework, but like cooking.
    V.M.Sang says:

    Good to meet Judy and to read her review.

  5. the Painted Apron – Life is all about creativity for me, as long as I'm creating something I am happy! I hope I will inspire your daily life and give you ideas for your own wonderful creations!
    Jenna says:

    I appreciate this honest review!

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