Food & Recipes

Colorful mix of local dishes and recipes brought from all over the world. The Israeli cuisine is frequently ranked among the top ten healthiest diets in the world being quite similar to the Mediterranean diet. 'Israeli Food' brings you the best Jewish recipes and news from the culinary world.

THE ELEMENTAL alimental joy of the chickpea.
Hummus crosses borders across the Middle East

For those who are not fully versed in local soul food, musabbaha is a variation of hummus popular in this part of the Middle East, predominantly in Syria, Jordan, Israel and Lebanon.

06/08/2020
Watermelon
Int'l Watermelon Day: Tips on how to pick the best watermelon

For choosing a flavorful watermelon, tips include what color to go for when picking out a watermelon, if size matters, and what conditions are best for keeping the coveted summer food.

04/08/2020
Katy’s: A charming place to celebrate life

For now, Katy has decided on the option of offering customers a marvelous meal with a bottle of wine for NIS 150!

29/07/2020
Brisket - meat in all shapes and sizes

It’s a no-frills joint with bare wooden tables, and it made me think of an American diner or something out in the Wild West.

Herzliya’s Agadir and Roberta’s suburban burgers

Agadir and Roberta’s burgers offer outdoor seating, takeaway and delivery.

By JONATHAN GILAD
03/08/2020
Pascale's Kitchen: A whole meal in a bowl

These dishes require organization and preparation in advance, and with the interesting flavor combinations you can create a surprising lunch or breakfast in a bowl.

Israeli CEO of Boston’s Tatte bakery chain steps down amid discrimination accusations

Tzurit Or will become a “creative adviser” at Tatte Bakery and Cafe, the Israeli-inflected chain in the Boston area that she launched in 2004, and will no longer have daily management responsibility.

By PENNY SCHWART/ JTA
29/07/2020
Israeli initiative creates virtual platform for food-lovers amid COVID-19

“People want memorable, fun experiences. We’re creating the possibility for this.”

Gluten-free coco-chocolate chip cookies
Tesla industrial designer redesigns the chocolate chip

The shape more resembles a flattened diamond, with two thick edges and two thin ones in order to maximize texture.

26/07/2020
1868: We all need a splurge these days

Chef Yankale Turjeman has changed the restaurant’s concept to make it more accessible to Israelis and lowered the prices significantly.

By LINDA GRADSTEIN
23/07/2020
Fruit & cream cakes recipes

This week, I am bringing you three fruit cake recipes, all of which form a bond between the fruit and the crust. This is done in three different ways.

Ice cream at Leggenda
Pine nut ice cream in Tel Aviv sweetens the current crisis

Pinoli, which means pine nut in Italian, is devoted to bringing Italian-style gelato to Tel Aviv, but it’s hardly the first place to do that.

Hummus and Falafel, Israel's favorite chickpea-based dishes
Hummus: Advocacy group concerned over health of supermarket brands

The Environmental Working Group is an advocacy organization, funded in part by the organic food industry, that commissions research on the health of consumer products.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
18/07/2020
Check your hummus: Environmental organization finds possible carcinogen

Laboratory tests commissioned by the Environmental Working Group found glyphosate, the chemical better known as Roundup, in 80% of conventional chickpeas and hummus tested.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
17/07/2020
AN ANNUAL falafel celebration helps David Dugo Leitner commemorate his mother and his survival
A Trader Joe’s hack: Falafel schnitzel

Try serving these with some amba (pickled mango sauce) or a tahini sauce.

By SHANNON SARNA/JTA
16/07/2020
Harvey’s Smokehouse updates menu

But on a recent visit to try the updated summer menu, I was surprised to find that I especially enjoyed some of the vegetarian dishes that were on offer.

By LINDA GRADSTEIN
15/07/2020
Anastasia - Tel Aviv's top vegan restaurant

Who could refuse an invitation to sample the food at this well-established eatery in the heart of the city?

Kamakura - Meat the Japanese way

Kamakura, at the Indigo Boutique Hotel in Ramat Gan’s diamond district, offers exquisite dishes the likes of which you’ve never tasted before.

By NERIA BARR
15/07/2020
In search of a proper British cup of tea

Now I am not claiming that there is unanimity across the British Isles about how exactly to produce the genuine article, but certain basic principles there undoubtedly are.

Pascale's Kitchen: Peanut butter treats

Now that my children are grown, I no longer prepare sandwiches for them in the mornings. But they do still yearn for this magical chocolate-and-peanut-butter combination.

Wine Talk: Remember brandy

Once, Israel used to sell millions of bottles a year. It was called cognac in Israeli slang and was the spirit of choice before the whisky invasion.

Halal meat is displayed in Paris
Kosher halal food should be on coronavirus programs, senators say

"Many in the Jewish and Muslim community only eat kosher or halal food, and have not been able to benefit from these programs if they do not provide these options."

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
10/07/2020
Hatraklin - dinner and the movies

Hatraklin celebrates food in cinema with screenings and an eight-course feast.

By BUZZY GORDON
09/07/2020
Roots - Discover your roots in Acre

It’s a partnership between two childhood friends who grew up in Acre and chef Uri Arnold, whose mother is Egyptian. The food is Middle Eastern with a modern twist.

By LINDA GRADSTEIN
09/07/2020
Or Shpitz Bakery - La vie en rose

You can spot it from afar, with its candy-pink façade, pink tables and chairs, a pink bicycle, and flowers framing its doors and windows.

Pascale's Kitchen: A Taste of Nostalgia

There are certain flavors or techniques that, every once in a while, call out to me for lack of attention – usually some taste I remember from my childhood.

Sami and Susu the Mediterranean restaurant named after an Israeli TV show

Sami and Susu opened two weeks ago as a takeout and delivery service operating out of a Brooklyn bar.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
03/07/2020
Silo and Cafe Popular offer bountiful, all-you-can-eat brunches

Israel’s eateries have become creative in their efforts to attract diners to their brunches amid coronavirus restrictions.

By BUZZY GORDON
02/07/2020
Ramat Rahel's Bein Hamataim restaurant - Between the Groves

There is both indoor seating as well as on a covered porch next to open windows. The restaurant can seat a total of 110, but because of corona regulations will host no more than 90 at a time.

By LINDA GRADSTEIN
02/07/2020
Hamikdash - A Shrine for Meat Lovers: We'll meat again

Hamikdash in Kfar Saba, where meat reigns supreme and dining is not so much a meal out as a happening.

Medurat Hashevet winery: Worth the schlep

Winery and restaurant in Arad hosts a “winery and knight’s feast.”

By LINDA GRADSTEIN
02/07/2020
The psychology of flour during the coronavirus pandemic

The question is, “What is everyone doing with all that flour?”

02/07/2020
Pascale's Kitchen: Shuk Mahaneh Yehuda

I love visiting the shuk in Jerusalem. I breathe in the clear air and feel like I’m feeding my soul with all the goodness found in the holy city.

Wine Talk: From chocolate baguettes to a world of wine

New oleh Martin Sinkoff has had a long and varied career in wines, and is now looking to the future for Israeli wines.

Serafina hosts leading guest chefs

Reservations are required at Serafina -- especially if you want to sit in the spacious al fresco area, ideal for these virus times.

By BUZZY GORDON
26/06/2020
INCREDIBLE SOURDOUGH BREAD
Pascale's Kitchen: Upper-crust dough

Most dough recipes call for ingredients we all keep at home. There’s something magical about vigorously kneading dough, then letting it rise, shaping it and putting it in the oven to bake.

Hot dogs are the greatest American Jewish food – here’s why

What’s that you say? You didn’t know that hot dogs were a Jewish food? Well, that’s part of the story, too.

By JOEL HABER/JTA
25/06/2020
ARTICHOKE AND CHEESE GALETTE
Best Galette Recipes

Galettes are flat, round, rustic pies, popular in French cuisine, that are made using a freestyle design.

Druze town of Hurfeish
The Galilee: Art, culture & cuisine

Dozens of sites in the Western Galilee, including a number of culinary and art establishments, are now open for business.

By MEITAL SHARABI
18/06/2020
THE SYRIAN vineyard that produces Domaine Bargylus.
Wine Talk: Tears of Bacchus

Making wine is basically an investment in tomorrow. Planting a vineyard in lands of strife is a statement of hope.

Summer special: Brisket tacos with carrot slaw

Brisket is a tough cut of meat, but if braised in well-seasoned liquid long enough, it can go so tender it practically shreds itself when nudged with a fork.

By REBECCA FIRKSER
18/06/2020
Holy bagels! Lox, lax or smoked salmon?

A bagel can also be spelled beigel, beygl (Yiddish) or bajgiel (Polish).

By PESSY KRAUSZ
18/06/2020
ROAST BEEF WITH PRUNES AND APRICOTS
Herb-Roasted Salmon Filet Recipe

This week’s column is dedicated to all of the hardworking people who deserve to be able to serve delicious meals to their families without having to work too hard.

Papa John's Israel franchisee aims to be Israel's dominant pizza chain

The chains will focus on takeaway and home delivery rather than serving customers at the restaurant. The non-kosher status will not change.

10/06/2020
Muffin
Apple cake recipe

Serve this tasty dessert after dinner.

By GOURMETKOSHERCOOKING.COM
13/07/2011
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