The No-Potato Passover Cookbook Review & Giveaway

Written by chanie on March 8th, 2013

The concept of a Passover without potatoes has been a long time in coming. I’m so glad that Aviva Kanoff has embraced it in her cookbook, The No-Potato Passover. Aviva takes us on a journey of food, travel and color, allowing us to think outside the spud with her internationally-inspired menus. Her recipes span the globe, from Jamaica to Morocco, Croatia to Hungary, and so many places in between. As an avid traveler, Ms. Kanoff takes us along on her travels through colorful pictures and unique recipes that are great for Pesach and all year long. With recipes like pesto chicken “pasta” and eggplant “lasagna” and desserts like chocolate chip biscotti and hazelnut cream cookies, you’ll almost forget you’re on the Passover diet!

Instead of the traditional carb-laden Pesach fare we are used to having, The No-Potato Passover cookbook focuses on healthy options, making use of quinoa, spaghetti squash, parsnips and other creative ingredients to give you original dishes that you will relish and enjoy. While Aviva’s recipes leave me truly inspired, I am personally unable to make most of them on Pesach due to my family’s dietary customs. Still, I look forward to making some of dishes throughout the year, including her heirloom tomato salad with honey basil vinaigrette, roasted garlic soup with flanken, stuffed zucchini blossoms, southwestern sweet ‘n spicy meatballs, strawberry glazed chicken, salmon croquettes with wild mushroom sauce, and coconut cream pie in a macaroon crust.

While The No-Potato Passover Cookbook is filled with colorful & vibrant imagery, I don’t feel that the design is up to par with today’s sophisticated & modern cookbooks. That aside, I think the recipes are truly unique and delicious. Many make use of hard-to-find Passover ingredients (like imitation soy sauce or mustard), however, they are easily adaptable during the year using readily-available ingredients.

The No-Potato Passover cookbook is the winner of The Gourmand Award for the Best Jewish Cuisine in 2012. It has been newly revised and edited just in time for Passover 2013.

As my Passover gift to you, Busy In Brooklyn is giving away a free copy of The No-Potato Passover Cookbook! To enter the giveaway, you must:

1. Share you favorite Passover recipe in the comments below.
2. Follow Busy In Brooklyn on Facebook.

Winner will be chosen at random on Wednesday, March 13th at 10:00 PM.


Related Recipes:

spinach matzo ball minestrone soup

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54 Comments so far ↓

  1. Carol says:

    I would really love to win this cookbook for my daughter who is into cooking.

  2. Talia says:

    I know ms. Kanoff personally and would like to say how proud I am of her and her accomplishments. She is one of the kindest & most caring human beings I have ever met. Her love of food, people and cultures are clear from her beautiful work. May she be zoche to continue positively effecting the world and Jewish cooking.

  3. Dana says:

    shakshuka! I eat it with matzoh instead of bread.

  4. Lisa-Marie Haugmoen says:

    I love the cabbage soup w/ matzo meatballs. Yum!! What a wonderful giveaway!

  5. Hedy says:

    Looks yummy. Any veggie ideas for a vegetarian granddaughter? No dairy either…and gluten=free too!
    Thank you for offering this cookbook for us regular folk.

  6. Rena says:

    wow that salad looks delicious! my favorite pesach recipe is my mother’s macaroons!

  7. Rena says:

    Im following you on facebook

  8. Rishi says:

    I love shnitzel made with ground walnuts

  9. shuly says:

    My favorite for pesach isna shredded apple kugel with whipped eggwhites

  10. shuly says:

    I already follow u on Facebook

  11. Esther says:

    Though we eat it during the year occasionally too, “tzibble mit eyeh” (eggs and onions) – way better on matzah than on challah for some weird reason!

    I already follow you on facebook.

  12. Halle Montag says:

    Apple Kugel

    5-6 apples peeled cored and diced
    5 eggs
    1 cup matzoh meal
    1 tsp cinnamon
    3/4 cup sugar
    1 cup orange juice
    1/4 cup oil

    mix all ingredients together and bake @ 350 degrees for 1 hour

  13. Terree says:

    Unlike this cookbook, my recipe uses lots of potatoes.It’s my Pesach Cholent. Grate 10 potatoes and 3 onions. Drain in a colander for about 15 minutes. In a large bowl, stir together the potato mixture, 3 eggs, l tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. pepper. Put half of this mixture into crock pot. On top of that lay down 1 1/2 pounds
    flanken or chuck, cut up into small pieces. Cover with the remaining potato mixture. My Pesach crockpot runs a little hot, so I start this on high (for about an hour), then I switch it to low until Shabbos lunch.
    Are we meant to add another comment for the FB part of the entry? I do follow you on FB; it’s how I heard about this giveaway. :-)

  14. Rachel says:

    My favorite recipe for passover is my grandmother’s charoset from Italy!

  15. Wendy says:

    We do over do potatoes at passover :) The salad sounds so refreshing and light (one thing traditional passover food is NOT). The soup is a great twist on matzoh ball soup. I am excited to try it! Thanks.

  16. Holly Botner says:

    I love Marcie Goldman’s chocolate covered matzoh. And Charoset is wonderful. Matzoh Brei too.

  17. dena says:

    My favorite is matzoh pizza.

  18. dena says:

    I already follow you on fb.

  19. Jen says:

    I like to make a healthier version of matzah lasagna, with whole wheat matzah, spinach, and mushrooms

  20. Jen says:

    I like you on Facebook

  21. Adeena G says:

    My favorite part of pesach are the homemade pesach lukshen!

  22. Adeena G says:

    I follow you on facebook!!

  23. Esther says:

    My favorite pesach recipe is either egg noodles since we don’t eat gebrochts the first 2 days (really since it is a family tradition on my husband’s side and he and my daughter just love them, lol) or meat knishes made with a potato/ egg white “dough”

  24. Fashion-isha says:

    YUM! I can’t wait to discover new and delicious recipes (esp vegetarean) this Pesach. This cookbook looks so fun and colorful!

  25. esti w says:

    i follow you on facebook

  26. esti w says:

    my favorite pesach food is chicken soup with “noodles”

  27. Blima says:

    I love my moms matza lasagna

  28. Brina G says:

    My favorite pesach recipe is meatballs made with a tomato/pineapple/onion puree as sauce.

  29. Brina G says:

    I already like BIB on facebook :)

  30. Wendy says:

    I have small kids so matzo pizza is still a favorite in my house. Line an oiled pan with matzo. Add sauce and cheese. Bake at 350 until cheese is melted about 5 minutes. Results in happy kids!

  31. Wendy says:

    Liked the page

  32. Ofira says:

    I love my nutty chocolate chip cookies: ground nuts, eggs sugar vanilla and choc chips. Simple and yummy.

  33. Wow this type of cookbook is right up my alley! I can’t even imagine no potatoes but loving the sounds of the recipes!

  34. alissa says:

    I would love to win a new cookbook, living on Cape Cod it is very difficult to find anything related to Passover or actually any related to the religion, so a new cookbook would be greatly appreciated.

  35. alissa says:

    I follow you on face book

  36. Phyllis Hecker says:


  37. Jamie says:

    My favorite pesach food is potato chip chicken!

  38. Prag says:

    Cool title, but despite the great potatoless recipes I’d miss potatoe at my meals.

  39. Frieda says:

    Flourless chocolate cake!

  40. Rachel says:

    My mother makes REAl gefilte fish- ground whitefish and pike stuffed in a carp. YUM!

  41. Shulie says:

    roasted slices eggplant with olive oil and salt

  42. Erica Parilis says:

    Spinach Matz Lasagna
    -1 jar of marinara sauce
    -1/3 a cup ricotta cheese
    -6 matzo sheets
    -2 eggs
    -1 package shredded mozzarella
    -1 pckg spinach drained and defrosted

    Preheat oven 350. Combine eggs, ricotta cheese, spinach and 1/2 cup of the mozzarella. Spray oil, Layer matzo, cheese spinach mixture then some sauce. Keep layering, on the top layer place more sauce and the rest of the mozzarella cheese on top. Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes. Enjoy!

  43. aliza says:

    I love matza brei on the last day of pesach(We dont do Gebrokts:))

  44. Menucha S says:

    cheesecake, that’s my favorite pesach dish ;)

  45. simi fuchs says:

    I’d love a new cookbook for pesach. It’ll give me inspiration.. and it’ll make me want to shlep out all my pots and pans!!

  46. Sylvia says:

    My favorite Passover recipe is an apple crisp. The topping is a combo of ground and chopped nuts mixed with coconut

  47. naomi amitay says:

    my walnut chocolate cookies . addctive!

  48. sar says:

    matzah lasagna!

  49. Sharrone Glick says:

    Onion ribs

    Choice of ribs
    2 onions diced
    1 cup of white sweet wine
    3 T onion soup mix

    Covered tightly baked at 350 for 3-5 hrs

  50. Leah says:

    Egg lokshen!

  51. Breindy tarshish says:

    Melted chocolate banana pops

  52. Faigie Walter says:

    That cabbage soup looks amazing! I really hope to try it at some point throughout Pesach. Thank you so much for sharing these recipes!

    My favorite Pesach recipe is my bubby’s brownie cake, but she wouldn’t be happy if I shared it lol. She’s very into “family secret recipes” which I’ll never understand, but I will honor her wishes.

    I’m not on Facebook.

  53. Carole says:

    What is imitation mustard and where is it available. How important is it in your brisket recipe?

    • chanie says:

      Since mustard is not Kosher For Passover, some companies make an imitation version. If you are not making this on Passover, go ahead and use regular mustard.

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