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Israeli Recipes


As a relatively young ountry with many recent immigrants, Israel is still developing its own style of cuisine. As you might expect, immigrants to the country have brought many traditional Jewish recipes from all over the world to the country, some of which have become popular outside their original ethnic group. Additionally, another strand of Israeli cuisine, known as "Israeli-Mizrahi cuisine", which is influenced by Arab cooking, has developed.

Some popular Israeli dishes include:
  • Matbucha -Tomatoes, roasted peppers, oil and garlic are cooked together, allowed to cool, and then eaten together as a salad.

  • Israeli salad - A simple salad made by finely chopping cucumber and tomato. Parsley and spring onions may optionally be added. It is usually dressed with olive oil and lemon juice.

  • Labneh - Yogurt strained to remove the whey.

  • Bourekas - Savoury pastries.

  • Sambusac - Small triangular or crescent-moon shaped fried pastries, containing various savory fillings, such as chickpeas, ground (minced) meat and onions, or cheese.

  • Malawach - A thin bread made of many layers, similar to a crêpe.

  • Sabich - A sandwich originally from Iraq. It is made by filling pita bread with peeled and fried eggplant (aubergine), hard-boiled egg, hummus, tahini, tomato, cucumber, onion, and optionally amba (mango pickle) and/or chilli sauce.

  • Mujadara - Rice with lentils and onions.

  • Falafel - Fried Balls made of fava beans or chickpeas.

  • Chopped liver - A spread made from sautéed liver and onions in rendered animal fat ("schmaltz) with hard-boiled eggs and seasoning.

  • Skhug, also known as "kharif" - Originally from Yemen, skhuge is a spicy dip made from fresh hot peppers, garlic, coriander and various spices. It can be made from red peppers ("skhug adom"), green peppers ("skhug yarok), or green peppers with tomatoes added ("skhug chum").

    Skhug

  • Jachnun - Rolled dough, slowly baked over night for approximately 10 hours. When cooked, it is eaten with tomato dip, hard boiled eggs and skhug.

  • Kibbeh - Ground (minced) meat, flour and spices, made into torpedo shapes, and then fried.

    Kibbeh

  • Shakshouka - Eggs, tomatoes, onions and garlic. Usually eaten with pita bread.

  • Shawarma - The Israeli version of doner kebab. It is served with pita bread and salad, as well as hummus or French fries.

  • Halvah - A dessert or sweet made from sesame tahini, sugar, vanilla and saponaria (a herb).
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Sababa: Fresh, Sunny Flavors From My Israeli Kitchen

By Adeena Sussman

AMERICAN WEST BOOKS
Released: 2019-09-03
Hardcover (368 pages)

Sababa: Fresh, Sunny Flavors From My Israeli Kitchen
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"We should all be cooking like Adeena Sussman."
--The Wall Street Journal

In an Israeli cookbook as personal as it is global, Adeena Sussman celebrates the tableau of flavors the region has to offer, in all its staggering and delicious variety


In Hebrew (derived from the original Arabic), sababa means "everything is awesome," and it's this sunny spirit with which the American food writer and expat Adeena Sussman cooks and dreams up meals in her Tel Aviv kitchen. Every morning, Sussman makes her way through the bustling stalls of Shuk Hacarmel, her local market, which sells irresistibly fresh ingredients and tempting snacks--juicy ripe figs and cherries, locally made halvah, addictive street food, and delectable cheeses and olives. In Sababa, Sussman presents 125 recipes for dishes inspired by this culinary wonderland and by the wide-varying influences surrounding her in Israel.

Americans have begun to instinctively crave the spicy, bright flavors of Israeli cuisine, and in this timely cookbook, Sussman shows readers how to use border-crossing kitchen staples-- tahini, sumac, silan (date syrup), harissa, za'atar---to delicious effect, while also introducing more exotic spices and ingredients. From Freekeh and Roasted Grape Salad and Crudo with Cherries and Squeezed Tomatoes, to Schug Marinated Lamb Chops and Tahini Caramel Tart, Sussman's recipes make a riot of fresh tastes accessible and effortless for the home cook. Filled with transporting storytelling, Sababa is the ultimate, everyday guide to the Israeli kitchen.

Divine Food: Israeli and Palestinian Food Culture and Recipes

Gestalten
Released: 2016-10-31
Hardcover (304 pages)

Divine Food: Israeli and Palestinian Food Culture and Recipes
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Israel and Palestine share an outstanding and dynamic cuisine. Divine Food is a visually striking collection of recipes from local markets, Arab traditions, the nomadic tribes of the desert, and the hip restaurants of Tel Aviv.

Divine Food takes readers on a culinary journey through Israeli and Palestinian cuisine and its local varieties ―from the Arab- Jewish kitchen of the north to nomadic specialties of the Negev Desert, from the contemporary food scene of Tel Aviv to the fish dishes of the coast.

The book presents a wide range of delicious recipes. Because the food of the region is characterized by authenticity and tradition, it also provides insight into the origins of iconic dishes. Both a stunning regional portrait and a go-to cookbook, Divine Food is a must-have for any foodie.

Israeli Food in America: Easy recipes, Mediterranean cooking, Israeli style (English and Hebrew Edition)

By Galit Urich & Jennie Starr

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (66 pages)

Israeli Food in America: Easy recipes, Mediterranean cooking, Israeli style (English and Hebrew Edition)
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Easy, Israeli, Mediterranean Style recipes reflecting the most popular dishes in Israel so you can bring a taste of Israel into your home using local ingredients. Recipes are written in English and in Hebrew.


Hebrew Translation by Sarah Fedida-Gershon and additional assistance by Miriam Gingold

Forward by Shoshi Barkai, MS, RD Photography by Galit Urich

Cover designs and Tarbuton, Israeli Cultural Center Logo design by Geri Rosen

Additional Design Consultation by Deborah Fedida

Modern Israeli Cooking: 100 New Recipes for Traditional Classics

By Danielle Oron

Page Street Publishing
Released: 2015-10-13
Hardcover (240 pages)

Modern Israeli Cooking: 100 New Recipes for Traditional Classics
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An Incredible Food Culture at Its Best


Danielle Oron is on a mission to make you hungry...very hungry. She offers recipes with an incredible array of flavors, some you may not be familiar with but will want to make and eat. Her cooking has been compared to Yotam Ottolenghi. It is a vibrant, passionate culinary exploration inspired by the ancient food traditions of the region with a modern take. Each dish is clean, fresh and in a way, new again or at least uniquely Danielle's. The result is simply inspiring food that will excite food lovers from all over.

Shuk: From Market to Table, the Heart of Israeli Home Cooking

By Einat Admony

Artisan
Released: 2019-09-17
Hardcover (368 pages)

Shuk: From Market to Table, the Heart of Israeli Home Cooking
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“SHUK shouts ‘Cook me!” from every vibrant page.”
Boston Globe

“Fascinating. . . . This energetic and exciting volume serves as an edifying deep dive into Israeli food market culture and cuisine.” 
 Publishers Weekly, starred review

With Shuk, home cooks everywhere can now inhale the fragrances and taste the flavors of the vivacious culinary mash-up that is today’s Israel. The book takes you deeper into this trending cuisine, through the combined expertise of the authors, chef Einat Admony of Balaboosta and food writer Janna Gur. Admony’s long-simmered stews, herb-dominant rice pilafs, toasted-nut-studded grain salads, and of course loads of vegetable dishes—from snappy, fresh, and raw to roasted every way you can think of—will open your eyes and your palate to the complex nuances of Jewish food and culture. The book also includes authoritative primers on the well-loved pillars of the cuisine, including chopped salad, hummus, tabboulehs, rich and inventive shakshukas, and even hand-rolled couscous with festive partners such as tangy quick pickles, rich pepper compotes, and deeply flavored condiments. Through gorgeous photo essays of nine celebrated shuks, you’ll feel the vibrancy and centrality of the local markets, which are so much more than simply shopping venues—they’re the beating heart of the country. With more than 140 recipes, Shuk presents Jewish dishes with roots in Persia, Yemen, Libya, the Balkans, the Levant, and all the regions that contribute to the evolving food scene in Israel. The ingredients are familiar, but the combinations and techniques are surprising. With Shuk in your kitchen, you’ll soon be cooking with the warmth and passion of an Israeli, creating the treasures of this multicultural table in your own home.

Israeli Soul: Easy, Essential, Delicious

By Michael Solomonov

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Released: 2018-10-16
Kindle Edition (371 pages)

Israeli Soul: Easy, Essential, Delicious
 
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For their first major book since the trailblazing Zahav, Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook go straight to the food of the people—the great dishes that are the soul of Israeli cuisine. Usually served from tiny eateries, hole-in-the-wall restaurants, or market stalls, these specialties have passed from father to son or mother to daughter for generations. To find the best versions, the authors scoured bustling cities like Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Haifa, and sleepy towns on mountaintops. They visited bakeries, juice carts, beaches, even weddings. 
 
Their finds include meals in the hand like falafel and pita; juicy, grilled and roasted spice-rubbed meats; stuffed vegetables; a wealth of chopped vegetable salads; a five-minute fluffy hummus with more than two dozen toppings; pastries, ice creams, and shakes. Solomonov has perfected and adapted every recipe for the home kitchen.
 
Each chapter weaves history with contemporary portrayals of the food. Striking photographs capture all its flavor and vitality, while step-by-step how-tos and closeups of finished dishes make everything simple and accessible.

The Book of New Israeli Food: A Culinary Journey

By Janna Gur

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Released: 2008-08-26
Hardcover (304 pages)

The Book of New Israeli Food: A Culinary Journey
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In this stunning new work that is at once a coffee-table book to browse and a complete cookbook, Janna Gur brings us the sumptuous color, variety, and history of today’s Israeli cuisine, beautifully illustrated by Eilon Paz, a photographer who is intimate with the local scene.

In Gur’s captivating introduction, she describes Israeli food as a product of diverse cultures: the Jews of the Diaspora, settling in a homeland that was new to them, brought their far-flung cuisines to the table even as they looked to their Arab neighbors for additional ingredients and ideas. The delicious, easy-to-follow recipes represent all of these influences, and include some creative interpretations of classics by celebrated Israeli chefs: Beetroot and Pomegranate Salad, Fish Falafel in Spicy Harissa Mayonnaise, Homemade Shawarma, Chreime–North African Hot Fish Stew, Roasted Chicken Drumsticks in Carob Syrup. With favorite recipes for the Sabbath (Sweet Challah Traditional Chopped Liver, Chocolate and Halva Coffeecake) and for holidays (Balkan Potato and Leek Pancakes, Flourless Chocolate and Pistachio Cake), this book offers a unique culinary experience for every occasion. All of this is enriched by Paz’s gorgeous and vibrantly colored photographs and by short narratives about significant aspects of Israel’s diverse cuisine, such as the generous and unique Israeli breakfast (which grew out of the needs of Kibbutz life), locally produced cheeses that now rival those of Europe, and a dramatic renaissance of wine culture in this ancient land.

“In less than thirty years,” Janna Gur writes, “Israeli society has graduated… to a true gastronomic haven.” Here she gives us a book that does full, delectable justice to the significance of Israeli food today–Mediterranean at its heart, richly spiced, and imbued with cross-cultural flavors.

The Mediterranean Slow Cooker

By Michele Scicolone

Lifestyle
Released: 2018-06-01
Kindle Edition (243 pages)

The Mediterranean Slow Cooker
 
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Slow-cooking techniques for delicious dishes from the Mediterranean region, from a New York Times–bestselling cookbook author!
 
With the combination of tradition, innovation, and ease that have made her recipes so popular, Michele Scicolone gathers intriguing dishes from every corner of the Mediterranean and streamlines them for the slow cooker.
 
The range is eye-opening: from simplified and freshened classics like Greek Shrimp with Tomatoes and Feta to Israeli Sweet and Sour Meatballs to Moroccan Vegetable Tagine to Coffee-Caramel Flan from Spain. Scicolone also serves up a profusion of fascinating lesser-known dishes: Creamy Polenta Lasagna, Port-Braised Chicken from Portugal, Spiced Frittata from Tunisia, and Bandit’s Lamb—as well as her own seductive creations, like Cannoli Cheesecake.

TLV: Tel Aviv: recipes and stories from Israel

By Jigal Krant

Smith Street Books
Released: 2019-10-01
Hardcover (328 pages)

TLV: Tel Aviv: recipes and stories from Israel
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This comprehensive cookbook captures the essence and flavors of Tel Aviv--one of the most food-obsessed cities in the Middle East and in the world.

This book proves it: nowhere on the planet do you eat better than in Tel Aviv. This lavishly photographed cookbook focuses on the colorful streets of this Middle Eastern city. Find recipes for Tel Aviv's unsurpassed fast food like hummus, falafel, shakshuka, and sabich, the popular Israeli sandwich. On these pages you'll also see dishes common to the city's infinite restaurants, where chefs make poetic use of the eating traditions of their immigrant population and Arab neighbors. The result of this creative freedom is a fusion kitchen without rules and taboos.

Nowhere is life celebrated more exuberantly than in Tel Aviv, the happiest and most progressive city in the Middle East. This coastal city is paradise on earth: great weather all year round, beautiful beaches, leading museums, unique architecture, and a flourishing economy. The inhabitants are handsome, young, and creative, and radiate an unbridled zest for life. This zest is captured in the incredible location photography throughout TLV.

This is a cookbook, narrative, and photo essay in one beautiful volume. One day with this book in your possession, and you'll be booking a ticket to TLV as soon as humanly possible.


 
 
 

 
 
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