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The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen: Glorious Meals Pure & Simple Hardcover – April 20, 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Lévana Kirschenbaum (April 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0070R89UO
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,532,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

When Levana opened her eponymous restaurant with her husband and two brothers-in-law in the late 1970s, 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, Levana and her partners surrounded themselves with the best chefs, developed the most delicious dishes and waited patiently until the idea of upscale kosher caught on. The rest, as we all know, is history: The kosher food and wine market has experienced a veritable explosion and occupies pride of place among the most prestigious competitions. Many luxury kosher restaurants have opened and thrived since Levana's pioneering days, bearing out the dictum that imitation is the greatest form of flattery. Although Levana Restaurant closed its doors after thirty exciting years, her former partner Sol Kirschenbaum, co-owner of the wonderful Nobu Teaneck Restaurant, still runs Passover programs in three of the world's most prestigious Fairmont Hotels Passover Programs.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By DevorahK on March 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This new cookbook by Levana Kirschenbaum is a clear, concise, well organized, interesting, intriguing cookbook. As a self proclaimed cookbook junkie I collect them and take them out of the library for fun; in addition to subscribing to all the cooking magazines and watching cooking shows. This book is by far the best I have come across in a long time. The directions are easy to follow, the ingredients readily available and the complex combinations of flavors varied.
I can't wait to try the recipes (many of which I exclaimed over: so THAT is how that is made!)
I love the ideas and all the new ideas sound so do-able. The combinations are interesting and diverse.
This cookbook will call to you to explore, like a foreign country, and make yourself at home.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Devora in Riverdale on January 17, 2013
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I like to cook and in general, I don't like to use cookbooks. I like to just walk into my kitchen, see what's there and go at it. I made an exception for this cookbook b/c it had a picure of Levana hammering a gourd and I have said for many years that every woman should have a hammer in her kitchen. Now I must admit that this is the best cookbook I have seen in a long time!!!! Maybe ever. I bought it after a cooking demonstration by Levana herself, so I was inspired. I have already made the miso soup which was a big hit!!!! The recipes are healthy, user-friendly and everything is presented in a way that makes you feel Levana is standing beside you herself encouraging you to try new ingredients, new cooking techniques and dishes you never knew you could cook at home! I have only two regrets. One regret is that I am these days mostly only cooking for three and my other regret is that I did not take the opportunity to buy her first cookbook that night which I realize now is out of print. I recommend you buy this one before you can't. Two days later, I sent a copy from Amazon to my married daughter in Florida. I know she will love it too!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David on August 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This cookbook is as amazing as Levana's first cookbook - but with a healthy twist! I highly recommend it! Also, has lots of vegetarian/vegan recipes!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. Finman on June 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is an absolutely beautiful book and would make a really great wedding or housewarming gift. This is one of those beautiful cookbooks that is fun to look at (I love looking through a pretty cookbook for inspiration!), but better yet, the recipes are totally doable. The few ingredients that she calls for that are a little unusual are what set her apart. If you add the creme de cassis to her fruit salad, everyone will be talking (and most of these unusual ingredients are worth it--buy it once and you have it for ages). Her recipes are elegant, simple to prepare and healthy. It's really the perfect combination.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By EugeneG on April 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
After my wife and I have purchased this book it truly changed our outlook on what we thought was "Jewish cuisine". This book introduces you to array of world cuisines plus new spin on traditional favorites ,ease with receipies can be made ,
healthy bottom line and on the top of that MOST IMPORTANT how tasty all these dishes are ,that what separates this book from all other Jewish cookbooks and puts it on whole other level above them all.
Book itself is beautiful and fun to read and they way it constructed with Levana's passages and comments you almost feel expert chef herself guiding you . My personal favorites in this book are "Roasted Salmon with Maple Glaze", which incredibly tasty and melts in your mouth unlike those salmon dishes you might have tasted elsewhere that have consistency petrified wood , and "potato, olive, and tomato tajine" which is incredibly warming and savory. In conclusion this book is not your usual dust collector as many cookbooks are , but your companion in the kitchen making your life easier and at the same time richer . Thank You Levana.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By RuthSD on June 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Levana Kirschenbaum has done it again! The Whole Foods cookbook is going to keep us all on the right path. This is a thoughtfully written and beautifully illustrated cookbook, complete with healthy tips and suggestions on how to eat the right way. I have tried many of the recipes already and look forward to trying more. \
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Levi on April 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is cooking the way I like it- fresh clean thoughtful and ingredients-driven with just the right dash of creative and fun. U can feel the passion oozing from each synopsis and recipe leaving you with no doubt that the food presented will be just as inspiring. I have had this cookbook for a few weeks now and have enjoyed it immensely as have those who are lucky enough to taste the results! Thanks levana for a great addition to the kitchens of those who love to cook but not fuss
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lorpa on May 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Levana's latest cookbook, THE WHOLE FOODS KOSHER KITCHEN, is a vital asset to the modern kitchen. It combines Gluten-Free, Passover and General Kosher recipes in one volume. Where else can a harried cook create an exotic dinner with minimal equipment and ingredients? The author has simplified some complex recipes so that even a novice can create a masterpiece. Levana seems to create magic by using basic tools and utensils that are readily available.
The layout and photos take much of the mystery out of cooking. The large pages and quality paper allow for easy reference without snapping shut.
The precise ingredients and logical instructions allow even a young bride to present a gourmet feast. The fonts used allow the cook to glance at the page and follow directions easily. Levana explains how to shop and prepare for the project at hand. She even warns the reader about when not to freeze or when an item can be prepared in advance. The book gives the feeling that Levana is guiding us through the maze that would ordinarily confuse or exasperate. She encourages our exploration of the cuisine of so many nations while staying focused on healthful, sophisticated and delicious foods.
I would suggest buying two so that one can be put away for Passover. It makes a wonderful engagement gift.
Levana, thanks for sharing your passion. We are all the beneficiaries.
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