Perfect for Pesach Giveaway

Written by chanie on March 30th, 2017

It’s different when you see a new cookbook on the shelf that you’ve never heard of before, and when you’ve actually watch that baby grow from the very beginning. You see, Naomi Nachman is a good friend, and with her friendly and outgoing personality, anyone that meets her (or follows her on social media @naominachman!) feels the same. Naomi has been open about her cookbook journey from the very beginning, and I was lucky enough to spend a day getting a behind-the-scenes look at some of the recipe development and food photography for this book. I even tested some of the recipes in the book for Naomi so it’s hard to be biased! Instead, I’m just going to share about the book, rather than reviewing it, because honestly, do you all really need my critique here?

Perfect for Pesach is exactly what it sounds like – perfect. for. Pesach. Except the recipes really work for all year round – especially for those of us who eat mostly gluten free, and those who honor strict Pesach customs that don’t allow us to use any store bought processed ingredients. I love that the book has a range of healthy and indulgent recipes, from how to make zoodles and cauliflower fried rice, to pastrami meatballs (recipe below) and fudgy chocolate bundt cake. Looking at the beautiful photography (thanks to the talented Miriam Pascal of overtimecook) it’s hard to believe that these recipes are truly kosher for Passover (hello lemon curd trifles)!

If you’re going to want to buy a Pesach cookbook, it should probably be from someone who spent two decades catering Pesach meals for clients with individual needs and requirements. Naomi shares make-ahead tips and well as freezer suggestions that are super helpful as well as cooks tip and year-round notes on most of the recipes. The cookbook has a really nice range of flavors – from Syrian inspired cauliflower crust lachmagine (you know I’m making that!) to Hawaiian poke (recipe below) and tequila lime chicken to herb crusted lamb shops. Of course you’ll also find traditional favorites like matbucha, salad nicoise, gravlax, Pesach cholent, chocolate mousse and so much more.

As for me, I’ve got the quinoa hummus, chimichurri coleslaw, maple glazed rack of ribs and frozen red wine strawberry mousse bookmarked.

Of course I’m giving away a copy of Perfect for Passover, so see the details below to enter!

As part of this Pesach giveaway, I’m also giving away a copy of Duby’s Pesach Lists which includes:

• Tips on making Pesach for the first time
• Cleaning checklists
• Shopping Lists
• Budgeting Tips
• Menu and calendar templates
• Last minute reminders
• Printable labels for your Passover cabinets
• Games / Activities / Discussion ideas to make your Seder more fun

You can read more about it on


To enter the giveaway to win a copy of Perfect for Pesach + a copy of Dobys Pesach Lists:

1. Leave a comment below letting me know your favorite Pesach dish.
2. For an extra entry, leave a comment on the giveaway post on Facebook or Instagram sharing what you love most about Pesach.

Giveaway is open to U.S. residents (for international entries, prize can only be shipped in the U.S.). Winner will be chosen at random at 10:00 AM EST on Monday, April 3rd, 2017.


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183 Comments so far ↓

  1. Bina Mintz says:

    Cheesecake and blintzes… really anything dairy!

  2. Miriam says:

    Pesach cheese blintzes!

  3. SL says:

    Julienne vegetables

  4. Shoshana says:

    Favorite pesach dish is the fresh meatballs. Sauce from fresh tomatoes fresh ground beef yummm

  5. Nancy masri says:

    Matza French toast

  6. Pnina says:

    My favorite pesach food is Tortilla de papas which is not specifically a pesach food but has become associated with Pesach in our house because we have it more frequently then. Essentially it is like a huge fritata of cubed potatoes and onions. Delicious.
    My other favorite is my mother in laws charoset. Creamy, heavy on the wine.

  7. Shoshana says:

    I love making portobello mushroom “pizzas” on Pesach!

  8. Shani says:

    Pesach rolls!

  9. Malky says:

    fried potato chips!;)

  10. Shaindy says:

    Any food with potatoes is my favorite, whether it’s Pesach or not!

  11. atara says:

    My favoritre Pessach dish is Pesssach schnitzel made with potato chip crumbs

  12. esther kohn says:

    My favorite recipe by far is,something I once ate in a restaurant in Jerusalem. It was kosher le peasah lasagna. Was so heavenly that I still remember it 14 years later.

  13. Esther says:

    Probably matzah brei, though I do love my mom’s sponge cake.

  14. Danit Zerykier says:

    Can’t wait to try the quinoa hummus

  15. Adalia says:

    My favorite Pesach food is strawberry mousse!

  16. Aliza L says:

    My favorite pesach food is matza lasagna!

  17. Loren P says:

    Matzah brei

  18. Ali says:

    I love Eggplant Parm for Passover.

  19. E.s. says:

    Matzo pizza

  20. E. Nunberg says:

    My favorite pesach dish are the pesachdik chocolate zebra cookies!

  21. St says:

    I love matzah and avocado. Simple and yummy.

  22. Fran says:


  23. Rachel says:

    Chocolate mousse and everything coconut!!

  24. Deborah Pellen says:

    I love Matza Brie because it’s the favorite of all my kids!

  25. Susie says:

    Chicken soup

  26. DEBORAH GUTMAN says:

    I love Matzah Pizza

  27. Wendy S says:

    I think I’m changing my favorite to the above Pastrami Meatballs. I can’t wait to make them, they sound incredible.

  28. Chana esther lewis says:

    Doughless potato knishes

  29. Michelle says:

    My favorite pesach dish has got to be stuffed cabbage.

  30. Sarah says:

    Call me boring, but I LOVE charoset!

  31. Chanie Vaiselberg says:

    My favorite recipe that I make only for Pesach is the chocolate mousse cake recipe from the Spice And Spirit cookbook. But I can’t wait to make Naomi’s fudge recipe.

  32. Shelly says:

    Love everything you do! And on Pesach I love fried matzoh Farfel with a sugar syrup! Yum

  33. Shayna says:

    I love pesach brownies! Sometimes more than regular 😬😉!!

  34. Ro says:

    For the past two years I have made your Rosh Hashana roast on the stove top for the seder and it’s always a big hit!

  35. Bracha says:

    Made so many good things last year but I think I’m looking forward to matza pizza 🙈 Just doesn’t taste the same when it’s not pesach!

  36. Martha says:

    Our family has a tradition of making Matzah Brie for one of the Yom tov meals!! It all started when Bubby (I guess got tired of so much meat and gave it a twist of Dairy) began making this dish and it became a staple in our house! That is my favorite Pessach dish since it brings so many emotional memories :)

  37. Kasie Wood says:

    Oh my goodness… how do I pick just one?!?! Coconut Macaroons, beef brisket… SO MUCH GOOD FOOD!!!!

  38. SL says:

    Would love to win!

  39. saara says:

    chocolate mousse!!

  40. Jennifer K says:

    My favorite Pesach recipe is definitely my chocolate torte. It’s so quick and easy but always gets oohhs and ahhhs!

  41. Leah says:

    Tollhouse cake which has now a staple!

  42. Tzivi jakubovic says:


  43. Ali Benyaminov says:

    Orange meat.
    Basically ground meat with stir fried onions, zucchini, salt, orange juice and pieces of orange!

  44. M B says:

    Chicken soup :)

  45. Leora says:

    Matzah farfel

  46. Sylvi says:

    My favorite dish for pesach is filled crepes

  47. Ahuva Nudell says:

    Homemade egg noodles in chicken soup!

  48. Penina wachtel says:

    Firstly I wanted to start off by saying that I am a big fan!! I have a friend who is a food blogger who got me very into blogs and food and trying new recipes and expanding my palette. You are by far the most practical and have the most amazing and simple to follow and of course yummy recipes! So thank you!!! And I would love to win the cookbook so my favorite Pesach recipe that I love making and eating is booblach- which is like potato pancakes that is a family tradition we make on erev Pesach. Can’t wait to win!!!

  49. Chaya says:

    We love making Moussaka

  50. Rivky says:

    Chicken and potato kugel!

  51. Malky kohn says:

    I love pesach luckshin!

  52. Sara says:

    The family time is the best!! I would love to win to make all the awesome recipes I heard naomi nachman and Miriam pascal photograph!

  53. chavie says:

    Matza balls

  54. Bracha says:

    Plain but supper yummy, mashed potatoes with chicken or meat gravy!
    And of course chicken soup with egg Lukshen!

  55. Avital says:

    My favorite pesach dish is scalloped potatoes! For some reason we tend to have that only on pesach and I love it! Thanks for a great giveaway!

  56. Rochel Leah Lipszyc says:

    Love your food blog, thanks for this opportunity! Favorite Pesach Dish is Shepherds Pie:)

  57. Shevy says:

    Charoset!! Love the taste! :)

  58. Tova says:

    Favorite pesach dish is yapzik made by my son

  59. Tzippy says:


  60. Raquel says:

    my favorite pesach dish is small matza balls (fried) with caramalized onions! I also love matza brei, coated in sugar (its one of my favorite childhood memories)

  61. Bracha p says:

    Homemade mayo
    And million dollor cake from taste of pesach!!!!

  62. Rachel K. says:

    I love charoset.

  63. Tanya says:

    Avocado & mango salsa

  64. Molly says:

    I dish I usually make on pesach is a stuff veal breast. I stuff it with a farfel or spinach stuffing.
    The family looks forward to it!

  65. Leah says:

    Chocolate bark

  66. Gitty aokoloff says:

    Favorite pesah dishes chicken with lucks hen and kneidelach

  67. Musia Baumgarten says:

    It’s not a dish, but we roasted plantain slices and used them as a snack, and to dip into guacamole, salsa, and all the other things we want to dip matza into!!!

  68. chana fellig says:

    Homemade almonds macaroons

  69. Fran says:

    Would love to win this cookbook! Favorite Pesach dish–matzah pizza

  70. Adina says:

    Apple strawberry kugel

  71. Pesach apple cake. Quick, easy and delicious!

  72. Ami says:

    Chipped liver :)

  73. Stephanie dobrinsky says:

    Matzah Brie!!!!

  74. Nicole Wiater says:

    Chicken soup with homemade egg noodles

  75. Nicole Wiater says:

    Chicken soup with egg noodles

  76. Aliza ptalis says:

    I love egg noodles for the chicken soup ..

  77. Chayale says:

    Patacon! ( also known as tostones ) with cheese

  78. Esther says:

    I like flourless chocolate cake.

  79. Deena Frist says:

    Blondies! And the old fashioned Matzah Brie;)!

  80. Rochie Korolizky says:

    I love my home made gefilte fish!

  81. Miri slansky says:

    I love blinzses on pesach!

  82. Breindy feder says:

    Chocolate cake

  83. mushka lowenstein says:

    Im looking forward to trying the grain free granola and hoping i win the giveaway :)

  84. Cjana says:

    Sweet and sour meatballs

  85. Tamar Sicklick says:

    I love making coconut macaroons from scratch on Pesach. Great recipe for anyone who is gluten free.

  86. Yitzi Taber says:

    My favorite pesach dish is charoses

  87. Deena Lewin says:

    Cheesecake brownies!!

  88. Chaya Goodman says:

    Apple Kugel

  89. Zahava Roth says:

    Matza pizza!

  90. Malkie says:

    Roast with potatoes and onions

  91. Simcha Davoudpour says:

    My favorite Pesach dish is chocolate mousse 😋😋

  92. Simcha Davoudpour says:

    My favorite Pesach dish is chocolate mousse😋😋

  93. Hadas Forgy says:

    My favorite Pesach foods are not particularly “Pesach-y”, so this cookbook sounds perfect!

    – Roasted vegetables, be they sweet potatoes, asparagus, cauliflower…
    – Gnocchi with alfredo sauce
    – Cheesecake!!

  94. Meryl Nerenberg says:

    My moms shepards pie! yum :)

  95. Chana says:

    Matzah brie!

  96. Lily cohen says:

    My favorite pesach dish is matzah pizza!

  97. Lillie Hakim says:

    Eggplant Parmesan with matzah layers !!!!

  98. Josephine says:

    My favorite Pesah food is my Israeli sandwich: one matzo schmeared with cottage cheese and another matzo schmeared with shoco,the Israeli chocolate spread similar to Nutella,put them together for the best sandwich ever!!

  99. Hedy says:

    Pesach cookies

  100. Sheva says:

    Every erev pesuch my mom makes her mothers family gulash recipe. We eat it late in the day,after you cant have chumetz anynore,but before candle lighting and shul. So where not starving before the sader.
    Its with flanken on the bone,potatoes, onions,garotte,garlic, brown sugar and tom paste.
    Its a very specail recipe to me because my grandma past when I was very little and I never actuality it cooked by her. Today Iv been married for 18 days and now I get to start this family custom in my own household.

  101. Tamara Maslow says:

    Avocado dip with matzah is my all time favorite on pesach

  102. Lonnie burger says:

    Matzoh with cream cheese and jelly :-)

  103. Rivkah says:

    My Favorite pesach dish is round chicken patties and potatoes.

  104. Kreindy says:

    I love the pesach matzohs smeared with butter.

  105. naami says:

    My favorite pesach dish has always been sponge cake, it started with my Tanta Mimi and now I make it, and my kids can’t do pesach without it.

  106. Leah Goldberg says:

    I love eating the charoset, at all meals every meal over pesach.

  107. Bassie says:

    Pavlova with lemon curd! simple fresh ingredients.

  108. Rochel D says:

    I absolutely love meatballs. Thanks!

  109. Deena says:

    Pastrami meatballs sounds like a great thing to try

  110. BLIMA STROBEL says:

    Coconut macaroons are my favorite!

  111. chaya schwartz says:

    My favorite pesach dish is nut-coated schnitzel. I take whichever nuts I have, either pecans, walnuts or almonds, and coat chicken beasts with it and then fry. So much better than breadcrumbs!

  112. Maria says:

    The poke looks amazing!!! And Pastrami in meatballs?? What a clever idea!!! I have been meaning to check that cookbook out! Thanks for the tip;)

  113. molly says:

    hmm, my favorite Passover dish. we actually have 2 favorites in our house – a mushroom farfel kugel – which has been a standard in our house for 25 years. and the quinoa paella. our guests love it and my daughters take all the leftovers home after yontiff.
    chag kasher v’sameach – a zissen Pesach to all

  114. Fairfax Avenue says:

    Every year for at least one Chol Hamoed breakfast we have souffled eggs. Separating the eggs, whipping the whites, folding them into the beaten yolks, then baking until golden – very simple, really. We serve the eggs with homemade strawberry syrup, or stewed fresh plums.

    The cookbook sounds great!

  115. Lynne says:

    The “dish” everyone asks me to bring to their seder is a really wonderful Sephardi charoset…..which I mold in a pyramid shape. Yes, I really do that….and then I place a small plastic camel next to it. This has been going on since the 80s. My favorite “dish” made by someone else is a large red gelatin mold, divided in half, with a row of Smurfs lined up along the middle….representing us crossing the Red Sea.

  116. Nilaja Troy says:

    My favorite Pesach dish is Black Bean Brownies. I know it sounds strange, but the brownie holds none of the bean flavor and the crumb is more ganache than cakey. Divine!!

  117. ev says:

    This cookbook would be a perfect addition to my kosher cookbook collection. What I like best is that it contains up to date recipes that would wow my seder guests.

    I hope I win it.

  118. GELTIE says:

    I love anything with coconut and almonds. But I also love Francois Payard’s Chocolate Walnut Cookies

  119. I love Pesach lukshen!

  120. Amy Zitron says:

    My favorite Pesach dish is sweet and sour meatballs and mashed potato kugel.

    G-d bless & Happy Passover!!!

  121. I love matzoh Brie. I even eat it after Pesach is over.

  122. carol karol says:

    hi. my favorite pesach dish is my mothers special sponge cake. She baked one for everyone she knew and was famous for it.

  123. Miriam says:

    I love love matzah with my homemade mayo. It’s basically 2 eggs to 1 cup of oil, splash of lemon juice, salt pepper and garlic powder. I put all into my container, stick in my immersion blender, blend till emulsified!

  124. ellen sloane says:

    favorite dish is my mothers homemade gefilte fish on a piece of matza with horseradish and tomato.

  125. Jocelyn Pearl says:

    Even though I am now older, Pesch has always been my favorite holiday. The cleaning is rough, but I love that everything changes, the dishes, utensils, and food. Growing up, I oved my grandmother’s sweet n sour meatballs. My cousin make fantastic matzo brei and I love Matza balls all year long.

  126. Malkie says:

    Frizen lemon meringue pie

  127. Gwen says:

    Looks amazing

  128. Sharon Moseson says:

    My Favorite Pesach dish is…Matzoh Brie!

  129. Kayla says:

    I don’t have a favorite pesach dish. Maybe if I win this giveaway I’ll find something I love!

  130. Rachel rosin says:

    I love matza Brie.

  131. Debbie Weinstein says:

    My favorite Passover dish is spinach pastel

  132. Leora says:

    My favorite is matza ball soup! So glad my husband eats gebrokts!

  133. Jamie says:

    Blondie’s are my favorite pesach food!

  134. Halle Montag says:

    Favorite dish- Matzoh brew

  135. Faiga says:

    Sweet potato kugel

  136. Devorah says:

    Chocolate mousse!

    That cookbook looks fantastic.

  137. simone blaine says:

    Our family favourite for pesach is still matzah brei and matzah pizza. Easy quick and delicious.

  138. Esti Etengoff says:

    Apple kugal cake!

  139. Aura says:

    I was looking for a good pesachdik meatballs thanks! My favorite thing to make are mini molten cupcakes with ice cream

  140. Roberta says:

    Love matzo meal pancakes and cottage cheese with scallions because they bring back memories.

  141. dkny says:

    I love making and eating Pesach egg noodles.

  142. Rachel Berger says:

    My favorite Pesach recipe is good old Matza Brie. I love it because it is delicious and reminds me of my Nana.

  143. Elissa Melzer says:

    Pastrami meatballs sound awesome!!! Thx for all of your amazing recipe suggestions!!!

  144. Sarah W says:

    My favorite Pesach dish is my famous chicken soup. It always tastes special and even better than it does during the rest of the year.

  145. Claire Dressman says:

    While there are so many Pesach recipes that I love, my favorite is a simple matzoh pudding made with ground meat, sauteed onions, and lots of seasonings. It is delicious warm right out of the oven, but also cold for lunch or a snack all through the week. Eating it brings back memories of going to the circus during our Spring vacation from school and bringing that to eat since the vacation always coincided with Pesach.

  146. Jacqueline Rivkin says:

    I love including seasonal spring foods in my pesach menus. one great appetizer is roasted artichokes. Clean artichokes as usual and allow to drain upside down for 15 minutes. Place each one in a generous piece of foil large enough to wrap it well. Nest some fresh garlic cloves between the leaves (say, 5 or 6 per artichoke). Drizzle 1/4 tsp of olive oil and juice of half a lemon on each, wrap tightly and roast in a 425 oven for about an hour and 20 minutes. Really delicious!

  147. Esti Koplowitz says:

    Matza pizza

  148. Tamar says:

    Matzo Brei and our our chocolate chip cookie recipe-my husband’s specialty and the only thing he ever bakes.

  149. Rona says:

    Chocolate cake 🎂

  150. Leora says:

    My mother’s scrambled egg salad!

  151. helen says:

    The pastrami meatballs would go so well with surprise chicken (pastrami is wrapped in a chicken cutlet.)

  152. Chana says:

    I’m not a huge chicken/meat eater but on Pesach, a juicy piece of piece of chicken fresh out of the oven makes me happy. :)

  153. yael adlery says:

    i love falsa fish!!

  154. My favorite Pesach dish is a chicken casserole that has become one of the mainstays of our Pesach menu. Both adults and children like it and it uses up the boiled chicken from the soup.

  155. Cheryl Strom says:

    Tzimmes with flanken

  156. LGS says:

    Super traditional brisket with gravy

  157. Rachel says:

    Sephardic chasroset made from medjul dates. & Meringue kisses. No need for anything else!

  158. AR says:

    I don’t really have much of a favorite pesach dish – I don’t feel like my family cooks so differently on pesach than otherwise but I made the yukon potato beef jalapeno-spiced soup from mishpacha family table last pesach and that was incredibly good… so maybe that counts…

  159. star says:

    My favorite dish is my mother in laws chicken blintzes with mushroom sauce over it.

  160. Yael says:

    I really enjoy simple foods on Pesach like salads and roasted veggies, but before the holiday starts I usually have a huge stack of blintzes, a giant pot of chicken soup with chicken balls and at least a double batch of simple chocolate chip nut cookies as extras aside from the food we eat each day and what we need for seder.

  161. Esther shields says:

    Fried chicken

  162. Hila says:

    Hi Chanie, thanks for this opportunity! My favorite recipe is stuffed artichokes with meat…they are served as a first course and delicious!

  163. D. Shapiro says:

    Matzoh brie the last day of pesach
    With a spoonful of sugar on top

  164. Andrea Bregstone says:

    I love your recipes!!! and would love to get one of the cookbooks.

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  166. sherry says:

    Favorite Pesach dish: my mother’s matzah brie. I like it best with cherry jam — the only time of year I even eat cherry jam!

  167. Yael Muhlrad says:

    My favorite pesach dish is chocolate Carmel matzah

  168. Rivkah Leah Gelb says:

    This year I am most excited that my kids will be home over pesach! I also usually enjoy the simplicity of the foods and the fresh orange juice!!!

  169. Sari says:

    Vegetable kugel!

  170. Devorah says:

    Chocolate mousse!

    This looks like a fantastic book.

  171. Sori G says:

    Would love to win this cookbook! My favorite Pesach dish is meat served over mashed potatoes.

  172. tzippora says:

    matzo brei

  173. Tova Gross says:

    My favorite is the apple crisp with marzipan crumble! I made it last year and served it warm with ice cream as dessert. Big hit!

  174. Judith says:

    I love tzimmes

  175. Jody Rubin says:

    My favorite Pesach dish is a special gefilte fish recipe that I make for my husband every year just for Pesach. We also love fried matzah!

  176. schach says:

    I know this is weird, but I LOVE Pesach matza bagels!!

  177. Hedy Harris says:

    Chocolate anything with almonds. I do make the Biscotti recipe from the Bais Yaakov cookbook, substituting almond flour for the regular flour. Come out really good…so I make them like that all year round. Would love a new recipe book for new and exciting recipes.
    Pesach Kasher v’sameach to you and your family.

  178. Miriam says:

    Love chocolate mousse!!

  179. Reina Lallouz says:

    I love choroset!

  180. stanp says:

    The recipe for pastrami meatballs really caught my eye…very unique ingredients and interesting combo…cranberry sauce,lemon juice,pastrami.

    Want to try it !

  181. Hannah says:

    My grandmother-in-law’s meat soup – she makes it twice a year, Rosh-hashana and Pesach,
    There are never any leftovers….

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