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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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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.

Sweets, Holidays and Family Recipes - Israeli-Mediterranean Cookbook (Cook In Israel - Kosher Recipes, Mediterranean Cooking 1)

By Orly Ziv

Released: 2013-12-25
Kindle Edition (101 pages)

Sweets, Holidays and Family Recipes - Israeli-Mediterranean Cookbook (Cook In Israel - Kosher Recipes, Mediterranean Cooking 1)
 
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Fresh and healthy Mediterranean flavors easily explained.

Sweets, Holidays and Family Recipes presents 34 selected no-fail recipes, inspired by Mediterranean Israeli cooking. The recipes are accompanied by beautiful color photographs, easy explanations and clarifications and step-by-step photos that make the recipes easy to follow.

Winner of the Gourmand World Cookbooks Awards (2013).

Sweets, Holidays and Family Recipes includes Mediterranean dishes such as Greek Eggplant-pie, meatballs in tomato sauce (with a special Sephardic twist!) and the perfect (classic, but brilliantly simple) chocolate cake that every home cook needs master. It easily explains known Mediterranean cuisine such as and Malabi and delicious almond-cookies, as well as sweet and savory dishes such as potato pancakes (“levivot”), leek patties and zucchini pancakes, suitable for Jewish holidays or any time of year.

User-friendly cookbook that will earn a permanent spot in your kitchen.

All recipes included in Sweets, Holidays and Family Recipes are Kosher, and most are vegetarian. They all present fresh flavors and exquisite tastes, and include Mediterranean ingredients, such as tahini and fresh vegetables. The book also includes authentic family recipes that have been passed down in the author’s family, as well as her children’s favorites dishes. All the recipes are based on simple techniques and familiar ingredients, and are suitable for weeknight meals, just as for hosting and entertaining.

Sweets, Holidays and Family Recipes includes:

  • Easy to follow, user-friendly recipes
  • New cooking tips and techniques
  • Photo of every recipe, including many step-by-step photos
  • A treasure trove of 100% kosher recipes!

Healthy and delicious home cooking doesn’t need to be time consuming or complicated! Learn how to cook delicious and healthy Israeli food like a pro, with this award winning cookbook.

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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.

Sababa: The Fresh, Sunny Flavors of Israeli Cuisine

By Adeena Sussman

Avery
Released: 2019-09-03
Hardcover (320 pages)

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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, 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, fried 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 ethnic 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

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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

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.

Israeli Recipes: Your #1 Cookbook of Middle Eastern Dish Ideas!

By Martha Stone

Released: 2018-12-15
Kindle Edition (79 pages)

Israeli Recipes: Your #1 Cookbook of Middle Eastern Dish Ideas!
 
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Can you imagine yourself walking through a busy market in Jerusalem, looking for the ingredients to make authentic Israeli dishes? It’s a wonderful journey for your senses.

When you seek out ingredients for these recipes, you’ll be amazed at the sweetness of pomegranate juice, the colorful array of locally grown produce and the bold aromas of spices.

Not many people know what a foodie experience it is to visit Israel. Just reading about the wonderful dishes, you’ll want to try some at home. Israeli food is coming forward in the international culinary spotlight and you can be on the cutting edge of the expansion in your own home town.

About 100 cultures have influenced Israel cuisine, so there is something that everyone will enjoy. It’s hard to summarize all the foods that are found in the recipes of Israel. Typical meals can have as many as 12 or more small plates of different foods, each having their roots in different countries.

You can learn to use the mixtures of grilled meats, sauces, vegetables and spices to make your own Israeli dishes. Your family will love the change of pace.

Turn the page… Let’s cook Israeli style!


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