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Oct 18, 2008 01:15 PM

Best Israeli Cookbook in English?

My daughter just came back from Israel and loved the food there. I thought that I would buy her an Israeli cookbook. There are a surprising number of choices in English. For those of you knowledgable of this type of cuisine, what is your favorite Israeli cookbook?

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  1. Gee...I have never seen one. All I have seen is kosher cookbooks that have Israeli recipes in them, especially for the Jewish holidays.

    1. You might check out Joan Nathan's The Foods of Israel Tpday - I have not seen but I do enjoy and use regularly her other cookbooks -

      1. I can't say that I'm super knowledgeable about Israeli food, but I was at my local bookstore today and flipped through a lovely book called The Book of New Israeli Food (see link). It's sort of big and more of a coffee table style book, but it would make a great gift and there are recipes all throughout. Lots of pretty photos and background info. The Amazon reviews are all positive. Can anyone out there vouch for this book?

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        1. re: Carb Lover

          I flipped through the book recently while browsing my favourite bookshop. It's very pretty to look at, and the vignettes about Israeli life are charming. Can't vouch for the recipes, though.

          Here's a review that might help:

          1. re: chloe103

            The two books I have are The Israeli Cookook by Molly Lyons Bar David published 1964 which I had diffiuclty replacing since the publisher is out of business. The other which I purchased for $3.00 in a Long Beach used bookshop titled The Jewish Holiday Cookbook by Gloria Kaufer Greene.

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