COOKING & FOOD

Shuk: From Market to Table, the Heart of Israeli Home Cooking

Artisan. Sept. 2019. 368p. photos. index. ISBN 9781579656720. $35; ebk. ISBN 9781579659516. COOKING
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A shuk is an open-air marketplace found in towns and cities across Israel, where one can buy fresh, local ingredients. Israel’s multicultural cuisine includes hints of Persian, Moroccan, Ethiopian, Yemenite, and Iraqi tastes. This cookbook, coauthored by New York restaurateur and chef Admony and food writer Gur, is a flavorful tour through Israeli dishes yet accessible enough for an American home cook. Recipes feature Israeli staples from salads, rice, meats, flatbreads, and soups as diverse as the country itself. Commonly used ingredients include pomegranates, tahini, and cauliflower; the authors’ cultural notes provide context for the recipes and a better understanding of the region and cuisine. Most intriguingly, interspersed between the recipes are profiles and photographs of eight of the author’s favorite shuks and suggestions on when to visit.
VERDICT A colorful, flavorful tour of the many tastes of Israel, as well as many other Middle Eastern favorites, nicely packaged for home chefs.

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