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 close-ups of finished dishes make everything simple and accessible.
Michael Solomonov, the executive chef of Zahav, named an “essential” restaurant by Eater, is the 2017 James Beard Outstanding Chef in America and the 2016 Eater Chef of the Year. Steven Cook, his business partner, and Solomonov wrote Federal Donuts and the award-winning Zahav. Together, they own Zahav, Federal Donuts, Abe Fisher, Dizengoff, The Rooster, and Goldie restaurants.