In Search of Israeli Cuisine

It may be surprising to learn that a major culinary revolution is taking place in Israel, a country so frequently associated with political drama. In just thirty years, Israel has gone from having no fine food to call its own to a cuisine that is world-renowned.

A portrait of the Israeli people told through food, In Search of Israeli Cuisine profiles chefs, home cooks, vintners and cheese-makers drawn from the more than 100 cultures—Jewish, Arab, Muslim, Christian, Druze—found in a nation only the size of New Jersey.

Our chef/guide is Michael Solomonov, the James Beard award-winning owner of Zahav and several other restaurants in Philadelphia and New York, as well as author of the book, Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking. Mike was born in Israel and grew up in the States. He’s smart, funny, self-deprecating and very knowledgeable about the traditions and foods of Israel.

Mike enters peoples’ lives, and their kitchens, and discusses their roots, inspirations, what their grandmothers cooked, how they’re preserving traditions and updating recipes with global influences. Delicious!

Film Chat With Michael Solomonov

The film In Search of Israeli Cuisine, featuring Chef Michael Solomonov, is being screened from March 31 to April 6 at the Ritz 5 in Philadelphia. In light of this special screening, we offer the following review of the film, written by Philadelphia Jewish Voice contributor Hannah Lee. This review was originally posted on Lee’s blog, A Cultural Mix, in March 2016, and also includes an overview of the post-film discussion. [Read more…]