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Israeli Soul Cookbook Release Celebration

Israeli Soul Cookbook Release Celebration

Spertus Institute announces Israeli Soul Cookbook Release Celebration with James Beard Winning Chef Michael Solomonov and Restauranteur Steven Cook

Chicago's Ina Pinkney will moderate discussion with the team behind Philadelphia's acclaimed Zahav

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership welcomes authors of the 2016 James Beard Award-winning cookbook Zahav, Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook, to celebrate the release of their new title, Israeli Soul: Easy, Essential, Delicious (Rux Martin Books/ Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). The authors will be joined by Chicago’s own Ina Pinkney for a lively discussion, followed by a reception and book signing. This event will take place at Spertus Institute (610 S Michigan Ave) on Thursday, November 29 from 7 to 9 pm.

Advance tickets at $30 include one beverage while tickets at $60 include one beverage plus a copy of Israeli Soul at an advance discount price. Advance packages, which are recommended, can be purchased online at Tickets and books will also be available at the day, with books on sale for the list price of $35 plus tax.

Israeli Soul spotlights the food of tiny eateries and family-run food stalls throughout Israel, exploring exactly the type of simple, delicious Middle Eastern cuisine that Americans want to cook and eat now. To find the best versions, the authors scoured bustling cities like Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Haifa, and sleepy towns on mountaintops. They visited bakeries, juice carts, beaches, and even weddings.

The book, with recipes, stories, and gorgeous photography, is already garnering acclaim. It has been named a "best cookbook" by The New York Times (October 2018), Grub Street (September 2018), Eater (July 2018), and more.

Spertus Institute presents this cookbook release celebration in partnership with Read It & Eat, a three-year-old culinary bookstore located on Halsted Street in Lincoln Park. Not coincidentally, this event takes place during Jewish Book Month, an annual event on the American Jewish calendar dedicated to the celebration of Jewish books. It is observed during the month preceding Hanukkah, which begins this year at sundown on Sunday, December 2.

Michael Solomonov is an Israeli-born, Pittsburgh-bred chef and restaurateur. Winner of the 2017 James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef, he has been called "the Genius of Modern Jewish Cooking.” He recently appeared on the big screen in the acclaimed documentary In Search of Israeli Cuisine.

Steven Cook is Solomonov’s longtime business partner in landmark Philadelphia restaurant Zahav as well as Federal Donuts, Dizengoff in Chelsea Market, Abe Fisher, The Rooster, and Goldie. Together, they are the authors of Israeli Soul, Federal Donuts, and Zahav, which in 2016 won both Best International Cookbook and James Beard Book of the Year.

Ina Pinkney

Ina Pinkney, known as Chicago’s Breakfast Queen, was owner of the beloved West Loop pioneer Ina's for 33 years. She is a chef, entrepreneur, advocate, and Chicago culinary legend, now writing about dining for the Chicago Tribune

Spertus Institute is a partner with the Jewish United Fund in serving our community.



Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Israeli Soul

For their first major book since the trailblazing Zahav, Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook go straight to the food of the people—the great dishes that are the soul of Israeli cuisine.

Expect this offering to
be as successful as Zahav!
Publishers Weekly starred review