Israeli Soul: Easy, Essential, Delicious

Solomonov, Michael & . Rux Martin: Houghton Harcourt. Oct. 2018. 384p. photos. index. ISBN 9780544970373. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780544971271. COOKING
OrangeReviewStarThe latest cookbook from James Beard Award-winning Solomonov and his business partner Cook (Federal Donuts; Zahav) serves as both a culinary tour of Israel and an accessible entry to preparing its most beloved foods. Chapters highlight falafel, shawarma, hummus, salads, and other classics in varied recipes and riffs that encourage experimentation. Step-by-step photographs illustrating key methods will help new cooks feel confident in preparing stuffed grape leaves, borekas, pita bread, and other dishes. With an emphasis on familiar favorites, it also contains a multitude of inventive condiments, drinks, and desserts that won't be found in other titles.
VERDICT A capable blend of history, memoir, restaurant profiles, travel photography, and fabulous Israeli cuisine.
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