COOKING & FOOD

Sababa: Fresh, Sunny Flavors From My Israeli Kitchen

Avery. Sept. 2019. 368p. ISBN 9780525533450. $35; ;. COOKING
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Sussman (Cravings) here shares how she has cooked since moving to Israel in 2015. Readers will know this cookbook is special right from the introduction where Sussman vividly describes a trek through her local Tel Aviv market and explains her cooking style, which has been increasingly influenced by the diversity of Israel, where Jewish and Arabic immigrants from many countries inspire each other. The author gives a helpful overview of her pantry and recipes for spice blends and favorite condiments. Then she offers bright, refreshing dishes and drinks, along with regional staples for hot days. Her comforting vegetable stew and roast chicken recipes feel familiar and easy, just with an Israeli twist. Large photos perfectly capture the vibrant colors and varied textures.
VERDICT A solid choice for fans of flavorful Israeli cuisine or Middle Eastern food in general. Suggest with Leah Koenig's encyclopedic The Jewish Cookbook, which includes a broad view of historical Jewish food.

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