Coming Soon! My New Cookbook!

How exciting is this?  Still tinkering with the cover (including correcting Lisa Young’s title): You like? Feedback please!

Some wonderful parts of this book, beside close to 400 delicious,  streamlined, nutritious and inexpensive dishes include:

  • Over fifty gorgeous pictures, taken by my talented photographer son-in-law Meir Pliskin
  • 3 distinct indexes: a general index; a Passover index (about 300 recipes); a gluten-free index (over 300 dishes adaptable to gluten-free diets). Why consult three cookbooks when all the information you need is in just one? You will be very pleased to see that the transitions to Passover and to gluten-free and practically painless!
  • User-friendly nutritional profiles of most foods by Lisa Young
  • A short but incredibly inspiring story of how a good friend of mine and a patient of Dr Tania Dempsey (told by the doctor herself) who lost almost unimaginable amounts of weight without dieting and without surgery, just by switching to whole foods.

Stay tuned: This is much much more than a good cookbook!

22 replies
  1. Ariella Brown
    Ariella Brown says:

    Excellent, Levana! So many kosher cookbooks filled with recipes that are laden with saturated fat and all types of additives. You actually incorporate sound nutrition into delicious dishes.

  2. anna chosak
    anna chosak says:

    Hi Levana! I love your recipes and can’t wait to buy your new book. My only comment about the cover is that, as a professional graphic designer, the typefaces look a bit dated to me and suggest the 70s/80s era, especially with those colors in the middle band. I’m sure your designer will fix that. Hey, I’d buy your books if they came in brown paper wrappers…it’s the magic inside that counts!


    • Lévana
      Lévana says:

      You’ll see, the pix are totally different, and beautiful, and modern: none of the woodstocky look we had to come up with for the sake of putting something up: this upcoming cookbook is the piece of work I am most proud of!

  3. Andrea
    Andrea says:

    Mazal tov on this new cookbook.

    I agree that the words “Whole Foods” must be eliminated from the title to separate this cook book from the Whole Foods chain of stores.

    I like the cover; it is indeed bright and cheery. However, I do think the photo in the bottom left corner needs to be changed. The food does not occupy enough of the space leaving too much white in that corner. In addition, that food (whether a cookie or a meat substitute) is not as inviting as the other three.

    • Lévana
      Lévana says:

      Thanks so much! My publishers seem to have done a lit of homework about the title, and the answer is, when “whole foods” is included in a whole group if words, it takes on a meaning totally distinct from the chain. Thank Gd, or else it would mean no one in the whole world would include the words whole foods anywhere. My title includes these words because they describe my book perfectly.
      My cover

  4. aileen
    aileen says:

    hi levana
    love the cover and love lisa young and her calorie count.
    I can’t wail and it will make a great gift..have a wonderful trip and hope to see you at class in 2011

  5. Denise
    Denise says:

    Hi Levana,
    I dont own any of your books — yet!
    I follow your emails and blog and enjoy them.
    With regards to your cover, it is very attractive. My only suggestion is that there are 2 baked goods, and 2 “raw”salads. Perhaps you want to have one chicken, one fish, one salad and one dessert- which covers a basic dinner menu. Its hard to tell what the book is about from the cover. If I looked at the cookies or biscotti, i would think its a book on baking with whole grains, or fresh veggies, but not any other food. Well thats my 2 cents. Im going to my bookstore this morning to buyone of your books, but which one do you reccomend for a first one- we have no health issues baruch hashem. Best of luck with the new cookbook, and why not come to Toronto to do a demo??

    • Lévana
      Lévana says:

      Hi Denise,

      I completely agree with you: We needed to make a mockup cover of the book for the Kosher food show, and this is what we came up with. It’s by nomeans the final cover. THe cover we have in mind is much more to the point, you’ll see…
      I would gladly come for a demo in Toronto, whenever I am formally (that is, professionally) invited! Maybe team up with Norene Gilletz, we always talk about that!
      Enjoy another latka day: I am making them for company today!
      PS: You can simply order my books from Amazon!

  6. Lévana
    Lévana says:

    Hi Dena,

    You’ll love the upcoming book! FYI, many of the recipes on my blog are excerpts from my book! Type in recipes, they will all come up!

  7. Tobi Kern
    Tobi Kern says:

    The cover looks beautiful. It is certainly a very timely topic. I’m sure your recipes are not only healthy, but also delicious.

    I love your chocolate chip cookies
    My grandchildren adore them, too. I enjoy using many of the dishes from “Levana Cooks Dairy Free,”

    • Lévana
      Lévana says:

      The cover we will end up settling on will be even more exciting! Wait till you see the fabulous recipes this book contains!
      I honestly think that my CCC are the most widely baked in the world, no exageration!

  8. dena
    dena says:

    I am THRILLED about the idea of healthy Passover foods! Healthy and Passover are not two words that usually go together. Any chance of leaking a couple of recipes in April for all of us to “evaluate? :-)

  9. Sarah Ellman
    Sarah Ellman says:

    Think the words “whole Foods” detracts from your cook book. Whole Foods immeidately conjurs up a picture of Whole Foods, the store or things associated with it, not a personal new inventive cook book but rather commercial,. . I even had a thought that it was the store’s kitchen coming out with their recipes. (of course I knew it was you but you know what I mean) that’s the image i got rigth off. I think you should come up with a new inventive refreshing title. Mazel Tov, I’m anxious to see it.

    • Lévana
      Lévana says:

      Hi Sarah, Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts. With all due respect, the publishing establishment seems to disagree with you: Whole foods is exactly what this book is all about, is perfectly descriptive and has nothing whatever to do with the esteemed food chain: They certainly don’t have a monopoly on the phrase: It’s much too generic. Any possible confusion must be dispelled completely by the addition of the subtitle, plus my name. If ever Whole Foods would like to claim this book a their own, after all my hard work, they just have to talk to me :-)

  10. malka
    malka says:

    The cover is absolutely gorgeous and enticing as it is! I am wondering why you chose the goodie picture instead of a pot of yummy soup or fruits though. I can’t wait to buy the book!

  11. Esther Soleimani
    Esther Soleimani says:

    Levana, I love the cover and can’t wait to buy this book and start using it. Since I spoke to you before Rosh Hashana, I started baking with spelt and I am slowly changing my entire kitchen to whole foods and I just naturally dropped nine pounds without dieting, and my son Yonatan is now more focused, is doing a lot better in school, and is smiling more often. Thank you so much for all your support and sharing information. I also can’t wait to start buying your baked spelt products. All the best .

    • Lévana
      Lévana says:

      Hi Esther,

      Thanks so much for sharing! You just wouldn’t believe how many people are reporting feeling better with substituting spelt products for regular wheat products: Just check out this website, from a devoted mom, Beth Georges, who left a successful law practice to open an all-spelt bread bakery, in the (totally fulfilled) desire to revert some dire diagnosis she had received on her son. It is aptly called Spelt Right,
      This week at the Kosher food show, we knocked many people socks’ off with sample of our all-natural spelt desserts: No one could beleive they were all splet, and best of all, all natural!
      Working hard on my upcoming cookbook: due date June 2011 :-)

  12. Lévana
    Lévana says:

    I’m so glad! That’s what it’s all about: Acommodating all our friends with special dietary needs. BTW, you will easily find Gluten-free graham crackers as well, in any health food store!

  13. yael
    yael says:

    i love the cover and can’t wait to buy your book, i am so excited!!!!!!!!!

    by the way tried your dairy-free cheese cake loved it. because i have celiac, for the bottom instead of graham crackers i used udi’s gluten free granola made from oats and honey, came out great. thanks for being so accomodating with peopl with gluten allergies and dairy products.


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