About Gail Ashkanazi-Hankin
In the early 1980s, when Americans started counting fat grams and watching
cholesterol intake, Gail Ashkanazi-Hankin of Denver, Colorado decided to
continue that healthful vigil during Passover. After all, it seemed counterproductive
to work hard at preparing tasty yet healthy meals all year long, then eat foods
laden with oil, schmaltz, and whole eggs during Passover.
For centuries, it was believed that these ingredients were necessary to provide
the proper texture and flavor in foods that could not contain any leavening
ingredients because of the laws of Passover. Ashkanazi-Hankin utilized her recipe
adapting skills to debunk this long-held belief. The result is
Passover Lite, a cookbook just released by Pelican Publishing Co.
Gail Ashkanazi-Hankin is also an artist, and she illustrated her cookbook with
original line-art drawings throughout the text. She used watercolor and colored
pencil to create the book jacket art.
The author is a St.Louis native. She graduated from Parkway Central High School,
and was confirmed at Shaare Emeth. She attended Fontbonne College and received
a bachelor of fine arts degree from the Kansas City Art Institute.
About Passover Lite
Gail Ashkanazi-Hankin spent a decade developing, collecting and adapting recipes that
fulfill three categories of requirements:
- kosher for Passover;
- low in fat and cholesterol,
- tasty and attractive.
Passover Lite is a collection of nearly 200 tested recipes that include healthy
versions of traditional Passover foods as well as contemporary, multi-ethnic
foods that are also kosher for Passover and healthful. She draws from Mexican,
Asian and North African cuisines to add variety to the book so the eight days of
Passover are anything but boring when it comes to cooking and eating.
Rabbi Josef A. Davidson of B’nai Zion Synagogue in Chattanooga, wrote the foreword
to Passover Lite. His parents live in St. Louis.
The book includes cooking and time-saving tips, snack and lunch suggestions and
sample menus for several kinds of seders: first and second night, Sephardic and
Passover Lite is available at most bookstores, many Jewish gift shops or through the
Pelican Publishing Co., (800) 843-1724. The author may be reached through E-mail at:
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