Cookbook Review (& giveaway!): The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen {contest CLOSED}

By | December 31, 2013

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Note: The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen was first published as a paperback by Skyhorse Publishing. A revised, self-published, hardcover edition with a totally new layout and design followed. This is a review of the hardcover version.

The force behind The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen is Levana Kirschenbaum, who was co-owner of Levana Restaurant in Manhattan for more than 30 years and has authored two other cookbooks and a book-DVD series based on her cooking demos. Well, let me tell you: the expertise shows. {Scroll down to win a copy of The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen!}

Type of book

Levana writes about food and cooking with authority, telling you just what to do to produce top-notch healthy and delicious meals with fresh, quality ingredients. Her experience also comes through in the many recipe tips and variations that make this big book even bigger. Inside, you’ll find chapters on homemade pantry items, soup, salad, fish, poultry and meat, vegetable dishes, grains and pasta, breakfast and brunch, bread and flat bread, and dessert.

Recipe writing

You won’t just get an ingredient list, you’ll also get acceptable and non-acceptable substitutions and special preparation notes. The ingredient lists are formatted as columns that appear directly opposite the directions, which are also laid out as columns. Because of this, though, the directions are often long paragraphs, which I find a bit difficult to use. When I’m in the middle of a recipe, going back and forth from the stove to the book, it can be hard to find my place when the direction steps aren’t numbered.

Photography

Levana’s recipes are photographed by her son-in-law, Meir Pliskin, and the result is colorful, eye-catching photos, many with lots of personality (the ones of her grandkids especially). At some points in the book, you’ll turn many pages before seeing a photo, while in other sections, the photos come one right after another. They’re full-page, sometimes even double-pagers –- nice and big, the way I like them. Plus, because each chapter in the book has its own accent color that’s used on every recipe page, even the parts without photos are livened up.

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Recipes I’ve tried from this book:

Some recipes I can’t wait to try:

  • Vegetarian chopped liver
  • Preserved lemons (she really talks them up throughout the book)
  • Spinach and mushroom stuffed fish fillets
  • Chocolate oats pots de crème

Who would enjoy this book?

Because of Levana’s focus on healthy foods, this book is perfect for the health-conscious home cook. Those on gluten-free diets will find it especially useful, since many of the recipes are gluten-free or gluten-free-adaptable (and marked that way with special icons, as are all the Pesach-friendly recipes). If you aren’t accustomed to healthy cooking (and even if you are), this book will probably expose you to a lot of new ingredients –- and who knows? They may become regulars on your grocery list.

Ready to cook some glorious meals, Levana-style? Enter the giveaway for a chance to win your copy of The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen! To enter, leave a comment on this post that answers this question: What is one healthy ingredient that you use regularly in your own cooking?

Bonus (optional) entry: Subscribe to More Quiche, Please and then leave a separate comment on this post telling me that you did. (If you leave a single comment answering the question above and saying that you subscribed, I have to count it as one entry only. Sorry, guys!)

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The giveaway ends at midnight EST on Monday, January 6, 2014. One winner will be chosen via random.org and notified by email. Please note that the cookbook can only be shipped to a U.S. address.

Disclaimer: Levana Kirschenbaum provided me with a copy of The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen and she is sponsoring this giveaway, but as always, my opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links (which means that if you buy something on Amazon via those links, a small portion of your purchase supports More Quiche, Please).


92 Comments

Aliza Salamon on December 31, 2013 at 8:03 am.

I use oatmeal every week when I make oatmeal chocolate chip cookies for my solider to take back to the army. His friends won’t let him back without a box of these cookies- they don’t know the healthy part!!!

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Faigie on December 31, 2013 at 9:03 am.

whole wheat or whole spelt flour

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Tania on December 31, 2013 at 9:36 am.

Cumin and tumeric – spices for the soul!

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Yael Maizels on December 31, 2013 at 11:24 am.

I use flax seeds a lot, on my challah and ground in my techina.

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Nechama on December 31, 2013 at 11:25 am.

Whole Brown Rice has become a staple in our kitchen.

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Tamary Sladowsky on December 31, 2013 at 11:39 am.

organic dates-in dishes, desserts, snacks, smoothies
dates are super fruits!

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Rachael on December 31, 2013 at 11:43 am.

Just subscribed!

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Rachael on December 31, 2013 at 11:45 am.

I use coconut oil instead of oil or margarine, and organic maple syrup instead of white sugar

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SRR on December 31, 2013 at 12:14 pm.

quinoa!

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Jackie on December 31, 2013 at 12:54 pm.

I try and use ground cumin, coriander and turmeric in as many of my recipes as possible and also try and cook fish at least twice a week. Aiming for a healthier 2014!

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Gila on December 31, 2013 at 12:56 pm.

I always uses spices instead of salt and sugar- keeps it interesting and healthier!!

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Gila on December 31, 2013 at 12:56 pm.

Subscribed

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Adina on December 31, 2013 at 1:05 pm.

Veggies. :)
Not original but you don’t get much healthier than that

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Michal on December 31, 2013 at 1:10 pm.

ground flax!

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OfiraOfira on December 31, 2013 at 1:58 pm.

Coconut oil in my baking, hemp hearts in my smoothies ang yogurt.

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miriam on December 31, 2013 at 2:09 pm.

Veggies; whole wheat flour and canola oil instead of margarine

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miriam on December 31, 2013 at 2:11 pm.

Already get your awesome posts!

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liz on December 31, 2013 at 3:08 pm.

I use oatmeal, olive oil, canola oil, or coconut oil every day in my cooking.

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liz on December 31, 2013 at 3:09 pm.

I subscribe to emails from More Quiche Please with wonderful recipes.

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ABC on December 31, 2013 at 4:10 pm.

xylitol

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Alex on December 31, 2013 at 4:16 pm.

I have a great set of herbs and spices as well as an herb garden when it’s warmer outside. It keeps seasonal vegetables interesting and versatile and has made a veggie lover out of my husband.

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Shaindy on December 31, 2013 at 4:33 pm.

lentils and beans

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Racheli on December 31, 2013 at 5:06 pm.

I recently signed up and I love it!!!! The menu plan for each week is a great idea and helps me plan my week with new, interesting, and healthy recipes!

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Racheli on December 31, 2013 at 5:09 pm.

I like to serve veggies as much as possible. It makes my day when my 5 year old’s eyes light up when she sees we have broccoli for supper or when I give her celery sticks or lettuce to munch on when she comes home from school. :)

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Ariella on December 31, 2013 at 5:29 pm.

Coconut oil!

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Ariella on December 31, 2013 at 5:36 pm.

Just subscribed!

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Sarah on December 31, 2013 at 5:54 pm.

My go to veggies are zucchini and mushrooms. I have a bit pf am obsession. But really I just add veggies to just about anything. Even muffins! (My husband had no clue!)

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Sarah on December 31, 2013 at 5:55 pm.

Already subscribed to the emails!

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Sara Z. on December 31, 2013 at 6:13 pm.

I’ve started acquiring a stock of recipes that use whole wheat flour. It’s great to find good ones where you can’t even taste the difference.

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rena on December 31, 2013 at 6:14 pm.

Olive oil and cinnamon!

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Sara Z. on December 31, 2013 at 6:15 pm.

already subscribed!

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Amy on December 31, 2013 at 6:16 pm.

Olive oil, so I can roast veggies!

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Chaya S. on December 31, 2013 at 6:24 pm.

I use white whole wheat flour, never regular, and sugar substitutes instead of regular sugar.

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Elisheva on December 31, 2013 at 6:59 pm.

I regulary make brown rice

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Elisheva on December 31, 2013 at 6:59 pm.

already subscribed!

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Elisheva on December 31, 2013 at 7:09 pm.

I love to use tempeh and tofu

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Chaya Canter on December 31, 2013 at 7:10 pm.

I use fresh garlic

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Chaya Canter on December 31, 2013 at 7:11 pm.

And I’ve already subscribed!

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AILUY on December 31, 2013 at 7:51 pm.

I use a lot of legumes, cumin, turmeric and whole grains.

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AILUY on December 31, 2013 at 7:52 pm.

I already subscribe to More Quiche, Please.

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raizy on December 31, 2013 at 8:15 pm.

I use whole Grain brown rice and try to sneak in oatmeal everywhere, in cookies, apple crisps….

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sheindl b. on December 31, 2013 at 9:08 pm.

I use zucchini in baked goods!

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sheindl b. on December 31, 2013 at 9:09 pm.

I already subscribe

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HG on January 1, 2014 at 3:00 am.

Brown rice, whole wheat flour

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HG on January 1, 2014 at 3:01 am.

I’m subscribed.

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avigail on January 1, 2014 at 4:52 am.

I already subscribe

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avigail on January 1, 2014 at 4:53 am.

I use quinoa and farro regularly

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Hillary on January 1, 2014 at 11:10 am.

I use turmeric in rice and whole wheat flour in my challah. We make faces from veggies for snacks when my kids’ friends come over.

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Hillary on January 1, 2014 at 11:10 am.

Just subscribed.

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ariela on January 1, 2014 at 1:09 pm.

Silan

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Debra on January 1, 2014 at 2:56 pm.

Only buy whole wheat pasta and brown rice!

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Danit on January 1, 2014 at 2:58 pm.

I use Turmeric and Cinnamon regularly!

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Danit on January 1, 2014 at 2:58 pm.

I’m already subscribed, have been for a while.

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Debra on January 1, 2014 at 2:58 pm.

Subscribed!!

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Alona on January 1, 2014 at 3:47 pm.

whole wheat flour :)

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Liz on January 1, 2014 at 4:38 pm.

I think I eat healthy with oatmeal, good spices, smaller portions and lots of homemade food and fruits and vegetables.

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Liz on January 1, 2014 at 4:39 pm.

I subscribe to your emails and newsletters.

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Rimone on January 1, 2014 at 5:37 pm.

I already subscribe!

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Rimone on January 1, 2014 at 5:38 pm.

I use quinoa all the time- family loves it and you can do so many things with it!

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Rochel on January 1, 2014 at 6:21 pm.

We use tons of vegetables. I just started using raw beets for salads. What a beautiful color and crunch!

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Shevy on January 1, 2014 at 7:20 pm.

Brown rice in cholent instead of barley
sometimes roast veggies in soy sauce (baked stir fry) as opposed to oil (fat free..yay!)

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rivka on January 1, 2014 at 7:21 pm.

i use whole wheat flour all the time and only oil, never margarine!

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Chani on January 1, 2014 at 11:11 pm.

Tofu. I have one recipe for delicious tofu stir-fry with peanut sauce. I make it about once/week.
Great website, I love reading your blogs.

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Marissa Barashi on January 2, 2014 at 11:54 am.

Cauliflower– love it for everything.

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Shoshana on January 2, 2014 at 1:01 pm.

Oil, instead of margarine.

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Liz on January 2, 2014 at 4:27 pm.

I cook as healthy as I can using lots of vegetables, spices, and slow cooked meals.

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Liz on January 2, 2014 at 4:28 pm.

I subscribe to your emails and news letters.

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Keshet on January 3, 2014 at 4:50 am.

Hmm–does balsamic vinegar count? I love it on pretty much anything!

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Liz on January 3, 2014 at 4:24 pm.

I think I cook healthy using oatmeal, flax, fish oil, and lots of vegetables and fruits.

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Liz on January 3, 2014 at 4:26 pm.

I subscribe to your emails and newsletters and enjoy the recipes. Thank you.

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Liz on January 4, 2014 at 3:56 pm.

I use oatmeal every day and lots of spices, fruits and vegetables.

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Liz on January 4, 2014 at 3:58 pm.

I subscribe to your emails, newsletters and wonderful recipes.

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Rivkah on January 5, 2014 at 12:22 pm.

When oh when will you have a giveaway for your Israeli readers? I get excited, scroll down and find out that only shipped to the US..oof :( Any chance you’ll do Israeli give-aways too?

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Tali Simon on January 5, 2014 at 12:55 pm.

Yes! The next giveaway’s prize can also be shipped to Israel, and I have a Pesach giveaway for Israel, too, so stay tuned. (Most publishers are U.S.-based and prefer shipping locally, but I totally hear you.)

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Abigail on January 5, 2014 at 12:28 pm.

Does oatmeal count when “cooking” the babies breakfast everyday?? If not then vegetables! Lots of vegetables get cooked here – but not in kugel let’s add lots of sugar way – just pure goodness or put in soups!

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Tammy on January 5, 2014 at 12:40 pm.

I’ve started using turmeric in all my soups as well as ground fenugreek, and I use coconut oil wherever possible in my cooking and daily life, cuz it’s amazing!

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Tammy on January 5, 2014 at 12:42 pm.

And I just subscribed to the blog :)

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Liz on January 5, 2014 at 4:03 pm.

I use oatmeal and various good spices every day along with fruits and vegetables.

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Liz on January 5, 2014 at 4:03 pm.

I receive your recipes and newsletters via email and enjoy them.

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Liz on January 6, 2014 at 4:28 pm.

I use oatmeal every day and lots of fruits, vegetables and spices.

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Liz on January 6, 2014 at 4:28 pm.

I subscribe to your emails and newsletters and enjoy all your recipes.

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Elianna on January 6, 2014 at 9:06 pm.

my husband and I are loving oatmeal right now!!

I also love using apple sauce in place of oil in baking!

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Elianna on January 6, 2014 at 9:06 pm.

I’m subscribed!

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Rochelle on January 7, 2014 at 1:47 am.

Quinoa – hot, cold and warm. Red, black and regular – there are so many delicious ways to prepare it!

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Jaclyn Reynolds on January 7, 2014 at 4:59 am.

I love adding beans to meals!

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Rivkah on January 7, 2014 at 1:40 pm.

Yay! Thanks for your reply Tali re Israel giveaways ;)

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Liz on January 7, 2014 at 4:42 pm.

I use oatmeal every day along with lots of fruits and vegetable.

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Liz on January 7, 2014 at 4:43 pm.

I subscribe to your emails, newsletters and tasty recipes every day.

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Liz on January 8, 2014 at 4:05 pm.

I use oatmeal every day with fruit and good spices and lots of vegetables.

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Liz on January 8, 2014 at 4:05 pm.

I subscribe to your emails and delicious recipes as well as your newsletters.

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Liz on January 9, 2014 at 4:28 pm.

I eat oatmeal with raisins and bananas every day.

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Liz on January 9, 2014 at 4:29 pm.

I subscribe to your emails and newsletters containing nice recipes and ideas. Thanks

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