by Becky LeJeune
Our first cookbook club pick of the New Year, Shuk: From Market to Table, the Heart of Israeli Home Cooking, is a stunning look at the growing Israeli food scene. Balaboosta chef and owner Einat Admony and Al Hashulchan founder Janna Gur introduce readers to the still evolving cuisine of this young country through more than one hundred recipes varying from spice mixes and sauces to salads, soups, flatbreads, desserts, and everything in between.
In addition to the recipes themselves, the authors explore the cultures and history behind the dishes as well as the shuks, or open air markets, throughout the country itself.
You might be wondering what Israeli food is and if your expectation is latkes and matzo, there is some of that in this book. Specifically Beet Latkes with Preserved Lemon and Yogurt Dressing and Saffron-Scented Chicken and Vegetable Soup with Fresh Herb Matzo Balls. There are also entire sections devoted to salads, tahini, and hummus. There are warm, homey recipes like Doro Wot (Ethiopian Chicken) and Spicy Fish in Cherry Tomato and Harissa Sauce. There are lighter recipes like Watermelon and Feta with Beer Glaze or Egg Salad with Caramelized Onions, Zucchini, and Preserved Lemons. And there are tantalizing desserts like Creamy Israeli Cheesecake with Homemade Labneh and Pistachios. Yum!
With mouth watering amazing recipes and vibrant photography, Shuk is the perfect addition to any home cook’s collection!
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