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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

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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 (102 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 included:

  • 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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Cooking the Israeli Way (Easy Menu Ethnic Cookbooks)

By Josephine Bacon

Brand: Lerner Publications
Hardcover (72 pages)

Cooking the Israeli Way (Easy Menu Ethnic Cookbooks)
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An introduction to the cooking of Israel including such traditional recipes as cheese blintzes, turkey schnitzel, felafel in pita, and poppyseed cake. Also includes information on the geography, customs, and people of the middle eastern country.

The Israeli Cookbook for the Home Chef, Contemporary Israeli Cooking: 50 Great Israeli Recipes

By Gordon Rock

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Love international cuisine but feel like it’s out of your realm as a home cook? Get this Israeli cookbook and learn the fundamentals of this delectable cuisine! Bring Israeli cooking to life for your friends and family with these exquisite 50 Israeli recipes. Your favorite taste’s, texture’s, and flavors of Israeli cooking in a modern, time saving format using easy to find convenient ingredients. If you desire genuine Israeli recipes to incorporate into your repertoire get this Israeli cookbook!

Divine Food: Israeli and Palestinian Food Culture and Recipes

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Released: 2016-10-31
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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 Cookbook: 50 Authentic & Delicious Israeli Diet Recipes From The Holly Land

By Emily Williams

Released: 2017-05-05
Kindle Edition (74 pages)

Israeli Cookbook: 50 Authentic & Delicious Israeli Diet Recipes From The Holly Land
 
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Israeli Cookbook

Inside you'll find 50 Israeli Recipes:

1. Israeli Labneh

2. Israeli Sandwich

3. Israeli Shakshuka

4. Yotam Ottolenghi Hummus

5. Israeli Baba Ganoush

6. Sabich salad & tahini dressing

7. Burekas Stuffed with Celery, Fennel and Potato

8. Egg and Cheese Bread

9. Israeli Hummus

10. Shawarma

11. Israeli Basbousa

12. Eggplant with Chermoula

13. Israeli Quinoa Salad with Pistachios & Currants

14. Lamb Kufta Kebabs

15. Israeli Salad

16. Roasted Za'atar Carrots with Labne

17. Hummus

18. Broccolini with Chiles

19. Beets with Dill

20. Mushrooms with Garlic

21. Israeli Shakshuka with Fennel & Feta

22. Israeli Eggplant and Pickle Sandwiches

23. Za'atar Beet Dip with Hazelnuts

24. Parsley Salad with Nuts and Tahini Dressing

25. Hummus with Whole Chickpeas

26. Israeli Pita Salad

27. Baba Ghanouj on Pita

28. Israeli Eggplant with Lamb

29. Israeli Pita with Chicken, Lentils, and Tahini Sauce

30. Israeli Zhoug

31. Israeli Pita Chips

32. Israeli Walnut Cookies

33. Israeli Sesame Sundae

34. Flatbread

35. Okra & Israeli Couscous with za'atar

36. Cauliflower & Pomegranate with Pine Nut Salad

37. Israeli salad

38. Israeli Mejadra freekeh

39. Herb Salad

40. Pomegranate Salad with garlic dressing

41. Ginger fishcakes with Beetroot

42. Za’atar with Roasted Chickpea Salad

43. Israeli Eggs with Tomato Sauce

44. Israeli Cheese blintzes

45. Artichoke Potato Cakes

46. Israeli Latkes

47. Israeli Shawarma

48. Kataifi with ground lamb

49. Chicken Thighs with Grilled Eggplant

50. Israeli Kebab


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Jerusalem Recipes: A Cookbook of Israeli and Arab Traditions

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