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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

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Released: 2019-09-03
Hardcover (368 pages)

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"The pages of this book ooze with [Adeena's] passion for the romance and beauty of Israeli cuisine. The recipes are soulful, elemental, and stunningly delicious."
--from the foreword by Michael Solomonov

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.

"Recipes For Peace"- Vegan Cookbook Based On The Traditional Arabic Cuisine - Bilingual Arabic And English Recipe Book - Delicious And Healthy Plant-Based And Low-Fat Dishes

By Kifah Dasuki

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (170 pages)

"Recipes For Peace"- Vegan Cookbook Based On The Traditional Arabic Cuisine - Bilingual Arabic And English Recipe Book - Delicious And Healthy Plant-Based And Low-Fat Dishes
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Vegan Recipes Based On The Traditional Arabic Cuisine

If you’re a vegan, you have probably tried numerous recipes of plant-based dishes.

However, you have probably never tried to recreate vegan recipes based on the traditional Arabic cuisine.

“Recipes for Peace” will help you discover the delicious and healthy vegan recipes that come straight from Palestine/Israel!

One Vegan Cookbook, Two Different Languages

“Recipes for Peace” is written in two languages, Arabic and English, and both versions are combined in one cooking book.

With this innovation the author wishes to bring two worlds together and make them live in peace and harmony.

This organic vegan cookbook will show you the story of the vegan Arabic kitchen as it really is. Get ready to taste some deliciousness!

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Modern Israeli Cooking: 100 New Recipes for Traditional Classics

By Danielle Oron

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

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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.

Cook in Israel: Home Cooking Inspiration

By Orly Ziv

Orly Ziv
Hardcover (245 pages)

Cook in Israel: Home Cooking Inspiration
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Nutritionist, cooking instructor, and culinary tour guide Orly Ziv is pleased to announce the release of her first cookbook, Cook in Israel: Home Cooking Inspiration with Orly Ziv. Filled with 100 kosher, mostly vegetarian Israeli recipes accompanied by beautiful color photographs (including many step-by-step illustrations), the cookbook shows that healthy and delicious home cooking doesn't need to be time consuming or complicated. Drawing on her Jewish-Greek heritage and the Middle Eastern and Mediterranean flavors of her Tel Aviv home, Orly focuses on fresh flavors and simple techniques that are as suitable for weeknight meals as they are for entertaining. Through her company, Cook in Israel, Orly welcomes people from around the world into her city and her home to get to know her culture through food and cooking. Now, this experience is available to anyone, anywhere through her cookbook. Winner of the 2013 Gourmand Award for Best First Cookbook - Israel.

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.

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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“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

Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Released: 2018-10-16
Hardcover (384 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.


 
 
 

 
 
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