The Kefir Cookbook

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The Kefir Cookbook is a delicious collection of over 100 globally inspired sweet and savory recipes made with the probiotic-rich and nutrient-dense superfood kefir—from the daughter of the immigrant couple who first introduced kefir to America and current CEO of their company, Lifeway Foods, Inc.

Julie reveals new and surprising ways to use kefir for healthier and more nutritious versions of recipe favorites such as Huevos Rancheros with Kefir Crema; Butternut Squash and Pumpkin Soup; Grilled Lamb Chops with Kefir Verde Sauce; Panna Cotta with Red Wine Syrup; Raspberry Chocolate Chip Scones; and so many more.



Grilled Lamb Chops with Kefir Verde Sauce
Magic Mushroom Frittata
Beet and Fig Salad with Candied Pecans
Pan-Seared Salmon Burgers with Tzatziki
Mary’s Panna Cotta with Red Wine Syrup

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Julie Smolyansky became the youngest female CEO of a publicly held firm when she took over Lifeway Foods at the age of 27 in 2002. Since then, Julie has continued the company’s growth trajectory with creative product development and marketing. Now, Julie shows kefir lovers and those new to this exotic superfood how to incorporate it into every meal with The Kefir Cookbook.

Praise for The Kefir Cookbook

“The Kefir Cookbook is a well written exploration of a modern way to mindfully nourish and heal the mind, body, and spirit with an ancient food.”

Deepak Chopra, MD

“Julie’s recipes will make you feel both nourished and powerful—exactly what kefir’s ancient probiotics will do, too! Healthy and delicious, they will become staples of your real food kitchen. The Kefir Cookbook weaves the true story of the American Dream into the flavors of global cooking.”

Ellen Gustafson, author of We the Eaters and Co-Founder of FEED

“The Kefir Cookbook is Julie’s real-life journey toward the American dream told through recipes…Each recipe offers unique insight into her remarkable story, beautifully weaving her family’s traditional recipes with those she has discovered in her decades of travel.”

Nicole Bernard Dawes, Founder and CEO of Late July Snacks