Book Review: ‘Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen’

I usually don’t have the time or space to do book reviews of other cookbooks but I had to tell you about a recent book that was sent to me.   The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen by Levana Kirschenbaum is the culmination of thirty years of teaching, and cooking whole foods. Levana owned a very successful NY kosher restaurant and spent over a decade loving her customers through her food.

The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen goes way beyond kosher.  Each and every delicious recipe, from the appetizers to the desserts, are well suited for the most elegant of dinner parties, kosher or not.

Levana and I are health foodie soul sisters, just separated by a continent. Distance doesn’t matter when you can see her heart is in healthful food preparation with tons of love for family, friends and customers.

Even chefs sometimes get in a rut using the same favorite flavors.  I too like to break out of my rut and try some recipes from a chef who has her own favorite herbs and spices. Levana’s recipes stimulated my appetite and my creativity.  She offers a variety of international flavors including French, Chinese, Indian and Italian but I was drawn to the warm spicy Moroccan style dishes.

Last week was an overcast day and making a warm pot of soup felt like the perfect light lunch.  I made her Moroccan Lima Bean Soup and it was outstanding.  It wasn’t just a little spicy and warming, it had a little preserved lemon in it and fresh cilantro, adding a wonderful lightness to the soup.  I could feel her love in this soup.

For those looking for “new traditional recipes” there is a new world of kosher cooking awaiting you It was fun exploring Levana’s book and I will return to it again and again to try some of her international dishes.  You can get her book on line at The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen.

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