The No-Potato Passover: Cookbook Review and Giveaway

It was another cookbook mail day in this house. Another day of excitement. I recently received the The No Potato Passover cookbook by Aviva Kanoff. Before this showed up at my door step, I had heard many good things about this cookbook. Just the title alone had me intrigued.

Aviva Kanoff uses this cookbook to take us on a tour of her various travels. Her food spans all cuisines, and just happens to be kosher for Passover. The book stresses that you don’t have to eat a dozen eggs and a pound of potatoes to have a good and filling meal. Using whole veggies and proteins,  you will not miss the potatoes. When looking for a starch, Kanoff turns to spaghetti squash and quinoa – two fabulous and healthy alternatives.

The cookbook itself is sure to please many of you. It is filled with recipes and photos. A photo is available for each recipe in the book. The book covers everything from salads to desserts. The most complicated ingredients in this book are imitation soy sauce and imitation mustard. For the most part, the recipe ingredients are easy to find. You don’t need to have a specialty kosher store to make these dishes. I especially loved the variety of salad recipes. Many of the recipes are ones that I would use year-round.

One recipe that intrigued me was the Poached Peach & Chicken Salad. I definitely see myself serving this for an upcoming holiday lunch meal. I am including the recipe below.

Poached Peach & Chicken Salad
(The No Potato Passover by Aviva Kanoff, February 2013, Hardcover, $29.99)


¾ cup balsamic vinegar
2 sprigs fresh thyme
Kosher salt & ground black pepper
2 peaches
(12 oz. total), halved & pitted
4½ tsp. olive oil
4 cups baby greens

1 lb. chicken breasts
1 tsp. salt
1½ tsp. paprika
1⁄8 tsp. garlic powder
1⁄8 tsp. onion powder
2 tbsp. honey
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 tsp. cumin
2 tsp. rosemary
salt & pepper


1. Prepare a medium gas or charcoal grill fire. (Note: If you don’t have a grill, you can
cook the chicken in a sauté pan in its marinade.)
2. Combine vinegar and thyme in a 2-quart saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium
3. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the mixture is thick, syrupy, and
reduced to ¼ cup, about 6-9 minutes.
4. Cook peaches in the syrup for 2 minutes until soft. Remove from the heat, discard
the thyme sprigs, and season with a pinch of salt and a few grinds of black pepper.
5. Season chicken and grill or sauté in a pan until cooked.
6. In a medium bowl, toss the baby greens with the remaining 2½ tsp. oil and season to
taste with salt and pepper. Arrange on a platter.
7. Top with the chicken and peaches. Drizzle with about 2 tbsp. of the reduced
balsamic, adding more to taste. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and remaining
juice from chicken and peaches.
Tip: Substitute chicken with 1/4 cup feta cheese for a dairy meal.

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About Hindy Garfinkel


  1. I love baking with my daughter!

  2. I love our charoset…we make a double batch for the rest of the week~

  3. My mom’s charoset! I could eat it all year round!

  4. In having a guest for Passover that cannot eat nightshades- potatoes are one of those! I would love love love and-need this cookbook!

  5. I loved Pesach with my grandparents. Cleaning before Pesach was a great bonding time, and something no one else in my family had the privilege to do! I know, it sounds crazy, but it brings back great memories now that they are both gone.

  6. This is my first visit to your blog, & I look forward to reading more of your recipes!

  7. Favorite tradition is eating potato starch cake after bedikas chametz.

  8. When I was younger, I think the afikomen was my favorite. As an adult, it’s singing the last song at the seder!

  9. Watching my grandmother make her pesach pancakes, and eating them!

  10. Watching the kids when they were little “bargaining” with their grandfather over the affikomen. I was sure my oldest was going to become a lawyer.

  11. I love the first days of Pesach when my whole family is together. Favorite tradition? I think it’s singing at the end of the seder with my sister. We’re both tone-deaf, but have a great time!

  12. Thanks for reviewing this book – been trying to decide whether to get the book or not!

  13. Y kind of cooking: light and fresh, using lots of produce.

    Favorite tradition: watching the little kids open the door for Elijah and actually expecting someone to be on the other side of the door.

  14. I love everything about this book. I have it and it’s amazing.

  15. Thanks. The book looks great

  16. My favorite tradition is joining my community for Seder. It is a great extended family.

  17. My favorite tradition would have to be singing the various melodies for Nirtzah – the kids have made up choreography for some of them!

  18. The book does have some nice recipes thanks for sharing.

  19. Singing all the songs with the whole family together at the seder

  20. Can’t imagine no potatoes, but so excited to see what else this cookbook has! It’s time to get more creative for Passover 🙂

  21. Looks like a great cookbook!

  22. I love that first bite of matza after no having it for so long. It tastes just like when I was7 years old

  23. i am so weird but looove marror!!!

  24. Charosset yummm!!

  25. Afikoman def !!

  26. looking forward to matzah and cream cheese haha

  27. I like the tradition of eating more wholesome, less processed food on pesach. It’s nice to get back to basics sometimes, and realize how delicious and healthy it really can be!

  28. My favorite seder tradition is our ten plagues puppets and singing mah nishtana in yiddish.

  29. being together w family

  30. dipping the potato in salt water…cant get enough 😉

  31. My dh and I are BT and our kids are still young, so we are still working out our non-halachic bound traditions, but so far a favorite for the family is when I throw candies around the table at people who ask a question at the seder.

  32. Hand-grating maror!

  33. Odelia Scher says

    I love to cook and try new recipes! 🙂

  34. Fave – now that I’m a mom – involving my son in the seder

  35. Cracking the walnuts open with my mom. And finding our old haggadahs that we made ingrade school that my parents saved….

  36. LilMissCakes says

    nice review! I love that there are pictures for every recipe.

  37. Sarah Klinkowitz says

    Tihs sounds really good – peaches and chicken!

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