Book of New Israeli Food: A Culinary Journey

Book of New Israeli Food: A Culinary Journey

by Janna Gur

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Overview

In this stunning new work that is at once a coffee-table book to browse and a complete cookbook, Janna Gur brings us the sumptuous color, variety, and history of today’s Israeli cuisine, beautifully illustrated by Eilon Paz, a photographer who is intimate with the local scene.

In Gur’s captivating introduction, she describes Israeli food as a product of diverse cultures: the Jews of the Diaspora, settling in a homeland that was new to them, brought their far-flung cuisines to the table even as they looked to their Arab neighbors for additional ingredients and ideas. The delicious, easy-to-follow recipes represent all of these influences, and include some creative interpretations of classics by celebrated Israeli chefs: Beetroot and Pomegranate Salad, Fish Falafel in Spicy Harissa Mayonnaise, Homemade Shawarma, Chreime–North African Hot Fish Stew, Roasted Chicken Drumsticks in Carob Syrup. With favorite recipes for the Sabbath (Sweet Challah Traditional Chopped Liver, Chocolate and Halva Coffeecake) and for holidays (Balkan Potato and Leek Pancakes, Flourless Chocolate and Pistachio Cake), this book offers a unique culinary experience for every occasion. All of this is enriched by Paz’s gorgeous and vibrantly colored photographs and by short narratives about significant aspects of Israel’s diverse cuisine, such as the generous and unique Israeli breakfast (which grew out of the needs of Kibbutz life), locally produced cheeses that now rival those of Europe, and a dramatic renaissance of wine culture in this ancient land.

“In less than thirty years,” Janna Gur writes, “Israeli society has graduated… to a true gastronomic haven.” Here she gives us a book that does full, delectable justice to the significance of Israeli food today–Mediterranean at its heart, richly spiced, and imbued with cross-cultural flavors.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805212242
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/26/2008
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 11.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Janna Gur was born and raised in the former Soviet Union and immigrated to Israel in 1974. She is the founder and chief editor of the leading Israeli food and wine magazine. She lives in Tel Aviv, on Israel’s Mediterranean coast.

Eilon Paz is a freelance photographer who specializes in travel, editorial, and commercial photography.

Other contributors to this volume are Rami Hann, a translator and writer with extensive experience in cooking and food journalism; Adam Montefiore, who wrote the Wine and Olive Oil chapters and contributes to the Oxford Wine Companion, Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book, and The Wine Route of Israel; Orly Pely-Bronshtein, a chef and veteran food journalist and the author of best-selling volumes such as the Kitchen Helper series; and Ruth Oliver, a chef and pastry chef who teaches in the best cooking schools in Israel and is the author of More Chocolate, among other cookbooks.

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The Book of New Israeli Food

A Culinary Journey
By Janna Gur

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Copyright © 2008 Janna Gur
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ISBN: 9780805212242

Apple, Cinnamon and Walnut Cake

Every family has its recipe for a favorite apple cake. This one is attractive, perfumed with cinnamon, and has the added treat of crunchy walnuts.

Ingredients
5 large baking apples, peeled and cored
juice of half a lemon
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon baking soda
pinch of salt
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup oil
5 tablespoons brandy or calvados
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped

For dusting
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon



   1. Preheat the oven to 350°.

   2. Cut 3 apples into a ½ inch dice. Slice the remaining 2 apples into 8 wedges each, sprinkle with lemon juice and set aside.

   3. Sift the flour with cinnamon, baking soda and salt.

   4. Using an electric mixer, beat the eggs, sugar, brandy and vanilla extract until pale and thick, about 8 minutes.

   5. Lower the speed and gradually add the oil and then the flour to the egg mixture.

   6. Fold in the diced apples and chopped walnuts and pour the batter into a well-greased 10" springform pan. Arrange the apple wedges in the center of the cake in a flower pattern. Combine sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle on top.

   7. Bake for 60-70 minutes until the cake is golden and a toothpick comes out dry with a few crumbs adhering.

   8. Cool for 10 minutes, release from pan and cool completely on a rack.
Cooking Time: 1 hour and 40 minutes (including baking time)

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Book of New Israeli Food 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Chef-inthe-house More than 1 year ago
Amazing recepies from the best new chefs-Restaurant from Israel!
Great recepies, essy to follow.
The bread recepie with home made Halvah is spectacular!
Enjoy!
Jenna-Lin More than 1 year ago
Beautiful graphics! Wonderful recipes! I borrowed this from the library and immediately tracked it down to buy it. My first cookbook!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago