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Israel & Middle East

Mexican Shakshuka

Recipe by Heather Bien

Mexican Shakshuka

For this take on shakshuka, I decided to do a culinary mashup of the Israeli recipe with classic Mexican flavors. With my recent conversion to Judaism and my Mexican heritage, this seemed like a fitting tribute to my past and present. The ingredients in shakshuka easily merge with Mexican seasonings—the base of the recipe remains

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Galoub

Recipe by Leah Hadad

<em>Galoub</em>

This traditional Yemenite fried pita goes by various names, depending on which of the 1,000 Jewish settlements in Yemen one came from. My mother called it galoub or gourse interchangeably, but others call it zalabia or dourdour. The simple fried pita is torn into bite-sized pieces, drenched with warm ghee or samna (clarified butter) and

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Eggplant Salad

Recipe by Susan Barocas

Eggplant Salad

This dish is also known as eggplant caviar, Ensalada de Berenjena a la Grega (the Ladino name for the Greek version) and Patlican Salatasi (in Turkish). I have found similar recipes for this garlicky dip or spread among Greek, Turkish and Israeli Jews. For me, it all started with my little (under five feet tall) Russian grandmother,

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Labneh Ice Cream with Pistachio-Sesame Brittle

Recipe by David Lebovitz

<em>Labneh</em> Ice Cream with Pistachio-Sesame Brittle

I’ve been eternally fond of Middle Eastern food ever since my hippie days of spreading hummus on honey-sweetened whole wheat pita bread topped with alfalfa sprouts. Once I discovered the cookbooks written by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi, Anissa Helou and Claudia Roden, I realized that Middle Eastern cuisine is a spectacular world of vibrant

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Mooma’s Spicy Fish

Recipe by Leah Hadad

Mooma’s Spicy Fish

Recipe contributed by Gil Hovav. In his memoir, Candies from Heaven, Israeli food writer and personality Gil Hovav offers several family recipes from his childhood in 1960s Jerusalem, one of which is his grandmother’s spicy fish recipe. “There was no Friday night meal without a pot of spicy fish in red sauce, and lots of

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Mediterranean Lunch Salad

Recipe by Chef Zipora Einav

Mediterranean Lunch Salad

This dish encompasses many of the flavors I remember growing up with in Israel. I also remember experimenting with many of these ingredients when I began making meals for my family members starting when I was ten years old.

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Fish Wrapped in Grape Leaves

Recipe by Ryan Moore

Fish Wrapped in Grape Leaves

The first time I experienced a whole fish wrapped in grape leaves was in Cairo, Egypt, in the early 2000s. I was having dinner with my new family at their home in the Nile before my father’s wedding. The meal resonates change, love and growth for me. I enjoy using this method because the brined grape leaves insulate

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