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Sweets, Holidays and Family Recipes - Israeli-Mediterranean Cookbook (Cook In Israel - Kosher Recipes, Mediterranean Cooking) [Kindle Edition]

Orly Ziv , Idit Yatzkan , Katherine Martinelli
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Book Description

Winner of the Gourmand World Cookbooks Awards 2013

How to cook delicious and healthy Israeli food like a pro

"Cook in Israel has earned a permanent spot in my kitchen." ~ This American Bite

This cookbook, presenting 34 original recipes, focuses on fresh flavors and simple techniques that are as suitable for weeknight meals as they are for entertaining. All the recipes in this book are Kosher and inspired by Mediterranean-Israeli cooking, and most are vegetarian. You will find recipes with unique Mediterranean flavors such as tahini and almond cookies and malabi, as well as sweet and savory dishes that are suitable for Jewish holidays (or any time of year!) like potato pancakes (levivot), leek patties and zucchini pancakes.

Orly has also included a selection of family recipes that have been passed down by her mother, or are favorites of her children. These no-fail dishes include Greek Eggplant pie, meatballs in tomato sauce (with a Sephardic twist), and the perfect classic chocolate cake.

Featuring beautiful color photographs to accompany every recipe (including many step-by-step photos), this user-friendly cookbook shows that healthy and delicious home cooking doesn’t need to be time consuming or complicated.

In this book:

  • Easy to follow, user-friendly recipes
  • New cooking tips and techniques
  • Photo of every recipe, including many step-by-step photos
  • A treasure trove of 100% kosher recipes

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Editorial Reviews


"Home cooking is something that is very important to Ziv. She wanted from the outset to create a book where all the recipes are user-friendly and nothing is too complicated. In a bid to show how easy the recipes are to make, all of the photos were taken in her home while she was cooking and no artificial coloring or styling were used. 'The photos show exactly what you will get if you make it,' she says while highlighting that some of the recipes also have step-by-step photos."
- The Jerusalem Post
"Capturing the essence of a recipe along with the essence of the author themselves is a difficult task, yet a task completed so skillfully by Orly and her photographer.  Each image is bright and inviting, making me wish I had time to cook most of the recipes in this book.  Vegetarians and vegans may particularly enjoy this work as there are just two meat recipes in the entire book and the focus on real food, whole ingredients and cooking with local produce means there are plenty of gluten free dishes for you to sample too... This is a book that I turn to to build a menu or read for pleasure. The food tells a story and brings people together."
- This American Bite
"Cook In Israel bears the subtitle "Home Cooking Inspiration" and that is precisely what Orly's book is all about. In a warm family-oriented way that is customary for Israelis, Ms. Ziv welcomes you into her kitchen with open arms. ... Orly shares family favorites, holiday dishes and an expansive array of vegetarian recipes that are mainstays in Middle Eastern culture."
- Busy in Brooklyn

From the Author

The recipes in this book are very personal, and reflect the way my family and I eat. This book is a look into my home and my kitchen, a glimpse into my daily life and cooking classes. The recipes are inspired by my mother and grandmother, by newspaper clippings, by the shuk and by all the cultures that have come to Israel to make it the melting pot it is. They are largely inspired by the Sephardic cuisine that I grew up on, and are entirely kosher.
In addition to simple, flavorful recipes that anyone can make, I've also included little tips and tricks to make cooking as easy as possible.

This is how I recommend that you use my recipes: Try them, and then use them as a jumping off point to be inspired and make them your own. Switch up the vegetables or change the spices to create your own flavors - there's no such thing as failure in the kitchen, only learning experiences. Of course baking is all about accuracy, but there's still room to play there as well. Change plums to peaches or hazelnuts to almonds and see what happens.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1570 KB
  • Print Length: 102 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #644,237 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Family recipes found in a beautiful cookbook January 7, 2014
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The Cook In Israel Sweets, Holidays and Family Recipes is a beautiful cookbook filled with family recipes. The author has provided recipes with a vegetarian emphasis and has included both savory and sweet recipes in her cookbook. You will also find plenty of beautiful color photos depicting the recipes.

Some of the recipes you will find include:

Baked Pasta (pasta, cottage cheese, sour cream or cream cheese, feta, Cheddar cheese, olive oil and eggs)
Meatballs in Tomato Sauce
Apple Jam
Cinnamon Rolls (with a homemade sugar syrup topping)
Coconut Chocolate Cake

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5.0 out of 5 stars I love the Kindle version! January 28, 2014
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I have Orly's hard copy book and the Kindle version! I love being able to access the recipes where ever I need to! These recipes are good for if you have a sweet tooth, but are looking for something just a bit different. Or if you need a good family dish to serve many people. I can't wait to make more recipes from the Holidays section...I loved the Latkes!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait to try some of these January 28, 2014
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I love the wide variety of recipes and can't wait to try some soon! Always looking for new holiday treats.
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More About the Author

Drawing on her Jewish-Greek heritage and the Middle Eastern and Mediterranean flavors of her Tel Aviv home, Orly focuses on fresh flavors and simple techniques that are as suitable for weeknight meals as they are for entertaining. Through her company, Cook in Israel, Orly welcomes people from around the world into her country and her home to get to know her culture through food and cooking. Now, this experience is available to anyone, anywhere through her cookbook.
About Orly Ziv: A lifelong food lover, Orly Ziv worked for many years as a clinical nutritionist before launching Cook in Israel in 2009. Through her company Orly offers culinary tours around Israel and intimate cooking classes out of her home. For more information, visit
Cook in Israel won Best Cookbook Photography / Third from Gourmand World Cookbooks Awards 2013


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