Meet Levana

Lévana Kirschenbaum is the co-founder of LEVANA bakery, the forerunner to the eponymous upscale restaurant, New York’s first, open in 1979. A true renaissance woman, she is fearless when experimenting with new ingredients, and for many years she has been spreading the good word about healthy and delicious cooking and baking at her weekly demos in Lincoln Square Synagogue and around the country.

A trailblazer in her field, Lévana started exhorting the crowds about using the best possible and most natural foods long before most foodies were even thinking about nutrition. Her carrot cake was voted by New York Magazine one of the best in New York, circa 1979, back when the idea of putting vegetables in a cake was ludicrous to most bakers, let alone the public.

Her cookbooks, Levana’s Table, Levana Cooks Dairy-Free, and In Short Order, are glowing examples of her high standards, simplicity and unflagging integrity. She is currently working on her next cookbook, about superfoods, a celebration of her philosophy of cooking healthy, practical, yet immensely appealing food.

Lévana at one of her cooking classes at Lincoln Square Synagogue

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