The Book of New Israeli Food: A Culinary Journey

Janna Gur, Author, Eilon Paz, Photographer, Rami Hann, Contribution by , photos by Eilon Paz. Schocken $35 (303p) ISBN 978-0-805-21224-2

Gur, founder and chief editor of Israel's leading food and wine magazine, Al Hashulchan Gastronomic Monthly , offers an enticing look at the evolution of Israeli cuisine. Part cookbook, part history, this collection with full-color photographs throughout paints a tantalizing and vivid portrait of the nation's culinary heritage and present-day gastronomy. Recipes include classics such as Falafel, Challah, Classic Jewish Chicken Soup, and Traditional Chopped Liver, as well as the less-familiar Figs Stuffed with Bulgur and Cranberry Salad, Citrus Semolina Cake, and Mina del Pesach (Passover Matzo Pie). Recipes are easy-to-follow and are grouped under salads, the street and the market, simple pleasures, grill, Shabbat and holidays. Detailed sections on the Israeli breakfast, olive oil, coffee, cheese and wine complement the recipes and give context to the important role these play in the Israeli diet. Additional information on open air markets, fishing in Israel and Israeli Shabbat add to the book's appeal. A section on special ingredients identifies the unusual, although most are easily obtained and will be at least somewhat familiar to most cooks. Beautiful and comprehensive, this book will become an immediate favorite with anyone with even a passing interest in Israeli cuisine. Full color photos. (Aug.)

Reviewed on: 06/16/2008
Release date: 08/01/2008
Genre: Nonfiction
Hardcover - 978-965-7279-02-1
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