Hazana - Review, recipe and giveaway

Cookbooks are beginning to transcend beyond a collection of bound recipes. Great cookbooks take us back to another time or deliver up an unfamiliar culture sharing traditions, cuisine and at times even profiles of the beautiful people of different countries. With great cookbooks, I get to travel and experience a whole new world without leaving my home.

Hazana: Jewish Vegetarian Cooking by Paola Gavin meets all my parameters for a great book. The pages of this book deliver beautiful photographs and crave-worthy dishes beginning with that stunning cover continuing throughout until the very last recipe for Chocolate walnut balls.

In Hebrew, the word "Hazana" refers to nourishment, it is a word that defines the role food and cooking play in Jewish life. Nourishment, of course, comes in many forms - the pages here are also nourishment for one's soul. Hazana takes us on a journey of twenty countries from Poland to Morocco, Italy, Lithuania, Turkey and more. The first thirty-five pages highlight the Jewish holidays and festivals as well as highlight each of the aforementioned countries sharing details about the history of the Jewish people and their cuisine. 

Here, 140 traditional Jewish vegetarian dishes that have been passed down for generations are covered with photographs peppered throughout. Simple, but elegant, dishes are shared from Mushroom strudel, Swiss chard and white cheese gratin, to Courgette and potato moussaka.

Special thanks to Quadrille for sharing the recipe for Herb omelette with walnuts and barbaries which would be great for Chanukah as well as providing three copies of this book in our contest below. 


Herb omelette with walnuts and barberries
Kuku sabzi

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This is one of the most well known omelettes in the Iranian Jewish repertoire, and is often prepared for the Sabbath. It is made from a variety of herbs and greens, such as flat-leaf parsley, coriander (cilantro), dill, lettuce and spring onions (scallions), though the exact proportions vary, according to what is at hand. In this recipe, barberries add a deliciously tart flavour. Kuku sabzi is very good served with drinks, in which case it is usually cut into small squares and garnished with chopped walnuts.

Serves 4

  • 3 spring onions (scallions), very finely chopped
  • 50g (1 cup) finely chopped flat-leaf parsley, leaves picked and finely chopped
  • 25g (1/2 cup) finely chopped dill
  • 25g (1/2 cup) finely chopped coriander (cilantro)
  • 2 tablespoons freshly shelled walnuts, finely ground in a blender or food processor
  • 1-2 tablespoons dried barberries or cranberries, to taste
  • 4 eggs
  • 1-2 teaspoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons butter, ghee or olive oil

Place the spring onions and herbs in a bowl and mix well, then stir in the walnuts and barberries.

Beat the eggs in a large bowl with the flour and spices. Add the herb and walnut mixture and mix well. Season with salt and pepper.

Heat the butter in a heavy frying pan and, when it is hot, pour in the egg mixture. Cover and cook over a gentle heat for 15-20 minutes or until the bottom is golden. Place under a hot grill (broiler) for 20 seconds to set the top, then slide the kuku onto a saucepan lid or plate. Place the frying pan over the uncooked side of the kuku and hold the pan firmly against the saucepan lid. Quickly flip both the frying pan and the lid over, so that the uncooked side of the kuku sits on the bottom of the frying pan. Continue cooking the omelette over a gentle heat on the hob until the bottom is golden. Slide onto a serving platter and serve hot, cut into wedges like a pie.

Recipe excerpted with permission from Hazana: Jewish Vegetarian Cooking by Paola Gavin, published by Quadrille October 2017, RRP $35.00 hardcover.


The publisher is offering three copies of this book to EYB Members in the US. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

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  • akrupnick  on  11/13/2017 at 7:50 PM

    Since my last name is Krupick, I'd try the Krupnik (I have yet to fall in love with my namesake soup).

  • VeryVigario  on  11/13/2017 at 8:16 PM

    Spinach and ricotta ravioli with basil and walnut pesto - all of the recipes look really good (I know nothing about Jewish food and would love to learn)

  • MelMM  on  11/13/2017 at 8:24 PM

    I'd make the potato and green olive ragu, or the risotto with eight herbs.

  • lgroom  on  11/13/2017 at 9:35 PM

    Mushroom and potato babka.

  • trmarvin  on  11/13/2017 at 9:38 PM

    Cabbage and walnut strudel!

  • Angryyew  on  11/14/2017 at 12:35 AM

    I love hummus, so I'd probably try that recipe first.

  • LeePicard  on  11/14/2017 at 5:31 AM

    Sour cherry soup. We had this when I was young. The recipe has been lost. I would just love to have this again. I notice there is a recipe also for Schav. I do not have found memories of that :-)! Wonder if I would enjoy it as an adult. Book looks lovely.

  • patioweather  on  11/14/2017 at 6:59 AM

    Pumpkin triangles

  • kmn4  on  11/14/2017 at 7:52 AM

    Egg noodles with lentils and caramelized onions (Rishta b’ adas)

  • sarahawker  on  11/14/2017 at 9:15 AM

    Sephardic rice, chickpeas, tomatoes and oregano (Arroz asopado)

  • aneelee  on  11/14/2017 at 9:38 AM

    tomato soup with parsley and potatoes sounds fabulously easy to pull off on a week night. :)

  • skipeterson  on  11/14/2017 at 10:55 AM

    Kasha with mushrooms (Kasha mit schveml)

  • daniellespinato1  on  11/14/2017 at 12:53 PM

    The chilled sour cherry soup sounds intriguing!

  • lpatterson412  on  11/14/2017 at 12:54 PM

    Sweet pumpkin coils!!!

  • ktwalla  on  11/14/2017 at 1:02 PM

    Mushroom Strudel

  • contest718  on  11/14/2017 at 1:12 PM

    Potato salad with apple, capers and dill pickles

  • sgump  on  11/14/2017 at 5:22 PM

    The spinach frittata with raisins and pine nuts (frittata di spinaci) sounds lovely!

  • matag  on  11/14/2017 at 6:58 PM

    Orange and black olive salad

  • thecharlah  on  11/14/2017 at 7:09 PM

    Kasha with mushrooms

  • Signe  on  11/14/2017 at 9:26 PM

    Mushroom strudel

  • PennyG  on  11/15/2017 at 7:16 AM

    Pied-Noir garlic soup (Soupe à l’ail)!

  • Karla123  on  11/15/2017 at 8:58 AM

    Broad bean falafel (Ta’miya)...simply nutritious and delicious!

  • Siegal  on  11/15/2017 at 1:42 PM

    Carrot tsimmes is my fav

  • rchesser  on  11/15/2017 at 9:42 PM

    Spinach and ricotta ravioli with basil and walnut pesto (Ravioli di spinaci e ricotta con pesto)

  • WEH  on  11/15/2017 at 11:59 PM

    Although tempted sorely by the Pied-Noir garlic soup (Soupe à l’ail), I would have to go with as the First Recipe would be an appetizer: the Liptoi cheese (Korozott Liptoi).

  • sipa  on  11/16/2017 at 10:39 AM

    I'm going to make the Kuku. I make kuku regularly but always with cauliflower so it will be interesting to try a different style.

  • eveaway  on  11/16/2017 at 7:59 PM

    Potato and apple latkes (Kartoffel latkes)!

  • madelainelc  on  11/17/2017 at 12:25 AM

    Mmm poppy seed torte

  • RSW  on  11/18/2017 at 6:36 AM

    Beetroot salad with pomegranate molasses and sesame seeds (Sa’lata shooendar)

  • t.t  on  11/18/2017 at 11:18 AM

    Broad bean falafel (Ta’miya)

  • robynsanyal  on  11/20/2017 at 10:24 AM

    Mushroom Strudel

  • Scotsman61  on  11/20/2017 at 11:00 PM

    Mushroom Strudel

  • fbrunetti  on  11/21/2017 at 11:59 AM

    North African broad bean soup

  • alemily  on  11/22/2017 at 8:22 PM

    Ashkenazi split pea soup

  • AnnaZed  on  11/23/2017 at 1:36 AM

    Beetroot salad with pomegranate molasses and sesame seeds (Sa’lata shooendar)

  • LaurenE  on  11/26/2017 at 1:39 PM

    Sephardic rice, chickpeas, tomatoes and oregano (Arroz asopado)

  • infotrop  on  11/28/2017 at 12:16 PM

    North African white beans in hot sauce, perfect for a blustery day

  • verorenee  on  11/28/2017 at 11:24 PM

    Broad bean falafe

  • Uhmandanicole  on  11/30/2017 at 5:04 PM

    Lentils and rice with caramelized onions

  • lean1  on  12/1/2017 at 10:20 AM

    I love eggplant caponata, so that would be my first choice.

  • Littlebirdchoc  on  12/1/2017 at 12:52 PM

    The chilled Cherry Soup. I've heard tales about this soup - i'd like to try making it!

  • Laura1  on  12/1/2017 at 7:46 PM


  • lhudson  on  12/2/2017 at 7:23 AM

    Saffron rice with raisins and pine nuts

  • Elledale1  on  12/2/2017 at 7:37 AM

    Can’t just choose one. I need the book in my hands for time to explore it.

  • Lafauvette  on  12/2/2017 at 10:55 AM

    garlic soup

  • rosalee  on  12/2/2017 at 8:27 PM

    Pied-Noir garlic soup sounds amazing!

  • davisesq212  on  12/3/2017 at 1:37 AM

    I would definitely want to try the Risotto with eight herbs first!

  • Ordinaryblogger  on  12/3/2017 at 7:23 AM

    mushroom potato babka sounds really nice!!

  • monique.potel  on  12/4/2017 at 10:55 AM

    Beetroot salad with pomegranate molasses and sesame seeds (Sa’lata shooendar) i love beets so this would be first even though the eggplants recipes looked very tempting

  • Julia  on  12/4/2017 at 11:59 PM

    Pepper and tomato jam.

  • tararr  on  12/5/2017 at 1:48 PM

    Mushroom and potato babka

  • bibliophile02  on  12/7/2017 at 12:42 PM

    Ashkenazi split pea soup

  • Dannausc  on  12/10/2017 at 7:09 PM

    Liptoi cheese

  • Katiefayhutson  on  12/11/2017 at 5:52 PM

    Poppy seed torte

  • Senkimekia  on  12/12/2017 at 5:41 PM

    Mushroom strudel

  • tennyogirl  on  12/17/2017 at 11:20 PM

    Russian Cabbage Soup

  • wjsisung  on  12/19/2017 at 11:19 AM

    Cabbage stuffed with rice

  • lauriesk  on  12/19/2017 at 1:48 PM

    The first recipe I would try is the Sephardic stewed lentils.

  • orchidlady01  on  12/20/2017 at 1:35 AM

    Harissa and Hummus with whole chickpeas and sumac

  • eboos  on  12/20/2017 at 9:40 AM

    I'd try the tabbouleh!

  • jmay42066  on  12/20/2017 at 8:07 PM

    Orange and black olive salad

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