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Book Review & GIVEAWAY!!!

The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen is a beautiful cookbook full of easy, delicious and nutritious recipes. Nearly every recipe is labeled gluten free or gluten free adaptable. The gluten free index is especially helpful. The recipes in the book look beautiful enough to snap a picture of while also being so easy to prepare (which is just what I need).

For nearly thirty years Lévana Kirschenbaum has owned and operated a catering business, a bakery and a successful Manhattan restaurant – all while raising a family. She understands that even gourmet chefs don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen. With this in mind, she keeps the recipes simple, insisting that using fresh, natural ingredients will yield fantastic results without a lot of fuss.

When Lévana opened her eponymous restaurant with her two brothers-in-law twenty five years ago, all Kirschenbaums were perfectly aware they were facing a hard sell: introduce fine kosher dining to the Kosher public, who until then was content either eating at home or grabbing a bite in the rare joints that served institutional old world treats. The general prediction was that the presumptuous idea would fall flat on its face.

Undaunted by being the trailblazers of the trend, they surrounded themselves with the best chefs, developed the most delicious dishes and waited patiently until the idea of gourmet kosher caught on. The rest, as we all know, is history: kosher food and wine has experienced a veritable explosion and has its place among the most prestigious competitions. Many luxury kosher restaurants have opened and thrived since Lévana’s pioneering days, bearing out the dictum that imitation is the greatest form of flattery.

With over 25 years of experience in professional cooking, recipe development, catering and teaching, celebrity chef Lévana makes the preparation of nutritious and exotic gourmet cuisine easy. She gets countless devoted fans for her fearless, practical and nutritious approach to cooking and spreads the good word on simple, streamlined, elegant and wholesome dining in her classroom on the Upper West Side – where she gives weekly demos – and around the country.

Watching her in action as she prepares fabulous meals, seemingly effortlessly and with great humor, often with the most rudimentary appliances and utensils in the makeshift kitchens she is offered as venues for her demos, and hearing her exhorting the crowds about using nothing but the real thing has been a real source of inspiration to thousands of admirers. Lévana’s warmth, enthusiasm and expertise keep her demonstrations lively and rewarding in every way, going beyond cookery into significant byways of nutrition, kitchen tools, food shopping and personal experiences.

Fine dining that is also contemporary, nutritious and easy to prepare is a way of life that Lévana instills in her classes. Lévana’s unfussy, straightforward approach utilizes fresh, all natural ingredients to create international flavors from her native Morocco and other wide-ranging culinary influences.

She teaches on every imaginable culinary theme yet scorns all culinary trends and diet fads, instead urging her students to express their personal style and let their cooking and entertaining be an emanation of them: This generosity in sharing the philosophy of her craft well beyond the recipes could well be the secret of the timelessness of her cooking.

Lévana has published two cookbooks Levana’s Table: Kosher Cooking for Everyone and Levana Cooks Dairy-Free! and a book/dvd set based on her demo series called In Short Order. She is at work on her next cookbook on Superfoods.

Would you like to win a FREE copy of this yummy cookbook, The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen?

Just leave a comment here telling me what about this cookbook looks interesting to you, that’s it! Your entered!

Good luck and be sure to check out and while your at it, thank them for this giveaway on their Twitter. 🙂

Giveaway ends 6/25/11 at 11:50 PM (MST)

**Skyehorse Publishing provided me with the product mentioned above for review purposes on this website. I was not paid or compensated in any other way for my reviews. They are my opinions and my opinions alone.


  1. I went to Levana's blog site and looked at some of the comments people were making about the latest cookbook. One poster asked if she had a yeast-free bread recipe in the newest book. Levana said yes, she has a gluten-free, yeast-free recipe for pizza, bread and rolls. That's what piqued my interest! I haven't had much luck getting a pizza crust to come out “right,” so I would love to win this book! 🙂

  2. Barb Barb

    I would love to win this book! Just the fact that she uses whole foods and fresh produce makes it enticing. I love cookbooks and read them like library books. Since I was diagnosed, I've given a lot of my old stand bys away as they no longer were of much help. I'm slowly acquiring a library of gluten free ones and I'd love to add this one.

  3. My son has excema, and I think he's allergic to wheat, so I am learning all about a GF lifestyle. Plus I love to read, so this book would be very interesting!

  4. This sounds like a really good read. I love books that index the GF recipes! I also appreciate that she has some experience cooking dairy free. Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. lovepoetes lovepoetes

    I love that there's a GF index and that she uses whole natural foods. The Roasted Salmon with Maple Glaze looks amazing.

    lovepoetes at aol dot com

  6. Stefanie Stefanie
  7. I would LOVE to win this book for my mom! My husband has Celiac Disease, and my family has been AMAZING about preparing dishes that he can eat (gluten free matzo, anyone?). My parents keep a kosher home, and hubby and I are trying to do clean eating. This book would be a lifesaver for everyone!! 🙂

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