Israeli Soul

There is pure magic in books that can deliver a world of adventure with each flip of a page. Israeli Soul: Easy, Essential, Delicious by Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook is such a book. As many of us know, the authors have written two prior books together the award-winning Zahav and Federal Donuts. Their latest offering is sure to be preceded by the words "award-winning" soon.

Between the covers of Israeli Soul lies a whirlwind experience that is wrought by the passion of the authors' love of Israel. My work, while exhausting at this time of year, is a labor of love and there are instances where I can't spend enough time with a book before a promotion goes up. Today, after a few weeks of long days, I took an hour and sat on the couch to connect with this book. It was hard to pull away to make dinner, pull the trash to the curb and perform other mundane duties that we all are responsible for in our daily lives, but I did. I knew one thing after spending an hour in Israeli Soul, I had to write about it tonight and I am going back for more.

This year marks 70 years of Independence for Israel and the publication of this book was planned to coincide with this anniversary. While Israeli Soul is indeed filled with 177 recipes, its true value is found in the narrative of a man who loves his birth country. His gift to us is bringing the culture and cuisine of Israel into our hearts. The countless photographs that capture the beauty of Israel, its people and its food are captivating.

Let me be clear, the recipes look spectacular from spice blends and sauces, to schnitzel and falafel, to yeasted rugelach. I am particularly enamored with the breads and desserts shared here but the first recipe I have planned to make is the Chicken thigh shawarma which looks like it will come together in a snap. The recipes are the bonus - the warmth and spirit of Solomonov is life giving. There are books that make you want to cook, then there is this book that makes you want to live. When our days are filled with stressful world news and obligations, an escape into another world is just the balm needed for our weary souls.

Our   shares a look inside of this title that highlights the following  for Lamb shoulder shawarma. The preview also shares pages that reflect how vibrantly beautiful the content is. Special thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for allowing us to share these pages in our preview and for providing copies in our giveaway below. 



The publisher is offering three copies of this book to EYB Members in the US and Canada. 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?

Please note that you must be logged into the Rafflecopter contest before posting or your entry won't be counted. For more information on this process, please see our step-by-step help post. Be sure to check your spam filters to receive our email notifications. Prizes can take up to 6 weeks to arrive from the publishers. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends at midnight on December 13th, 2018.


Excerpt used with permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt from Israeli Soul by Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook, 2018. 


  • thecharlah  on  10/23/2018 at 8:55 PM

    Tehina ketchup

  • jmay42066  on  10/23/2018 at 9:01 PM

    Opera bean soup

  • riley  on  10/23/2018 at 9:18 PM

    Saffron-braised chicken

  • hirsheys  on  10/23/2018 at 9:20 PM

    saffron chicken

  • demomcook  on  10/23/2018 at 9:20 PM

    Red bell pepper spread (Muhammara) - although all of the sauces look amazing, too.

  • Analyze  on  10/23/2018 at 9:21 PM

    fire-roasted eggplant

  • inflytur  on  10/23/2018 at 10:43 PM

    Mike Ran’s Mom’s Coffee Cake. I’m always up to try a new coffee cake.

  • monasli  on  10/23/2018 at 11:19 PM

    Lamb shoulder schwarma and falafel.

  • mjes  on  10/24/2018 at 1:05 AM

    HaKosem-style fried eggplant

  • Steben  on  10/24/2018 at 3:09 AM

    Yemenite-style veal osso buco with yellow rice

  • Tanner14  on  10/24/2018 at 5:25 AM

    Would love to try the Turkish Salad. But all sound good

  • LizyB  on  10/24/2018 at 6:01 AM

    Saffron braised chicken

  • JRumi  on  10/24/2018 at 6:14 AM

    Lima beans with tomato and cinnamon

  • wjsisung  on  10/24/2018 at 6:15 AM

    Saffron chicken

  • Lynnd219  on  10/24/2018 at 6:48 AM

    Herbed tahina

  • janv  on  10/24/2018 at 7:02 AM

    the Lamb shoulder shawarma

  • vickster  on  10/24/2018 at 7:21 AM

    Chicken thigh schwarma

  • Kristjudy  on  10/24/2018 at 9:15 AM

    Saffron braised chicken

  • kmn4  on  10/24/2018 at 9:43 AM

    Freekah mujadara

  • matag  on  10/24/2018 at 11:24 AM

    Lamb shank siniya

  • Ledlund  on  10/24/2018 at 1:48 PM

    Chamo kubbe sounds so comforting!

  • amyz218  on  10/24/2018 at 2:22 PM

    Libyan stuffed potatoes (Mafroum)

  • infotrop  on  10/24/2018 at 2:32 PM

    Persian meatballs with beet sauce

  • Puguppy  on  10/24/2018 at 3:05 PM

    Turkish salad

  • Mardeen11  on  10/24/2018 at 4:17 PM

    My mouth is watering! I would love to try to make my own pitas. I can practically taste that delicious goodness. Yum!

  • lpatterson412  on  10/24/2018 at 4:19 PM

    Fire roasted eggplant

  • tjnelson1hotmail  on  10/24/2018 at 9:06 PM

    Harissa tahini and pita bread

  • Kblg  on  10/24/2018 at 10:44 PM

    Baked Eggplant!

  • modbaker  on  10/24/2018 at 11:43 PM

    English Pea Falafel!

  • Lucicat  on  10/25/2018 at 12:34 AM

    Turkey paillard

  • eatysmith  on  10/25/2018 at 3:52 AM

    Herbed tehina!

  • Alivings07  on  10/25/2018 at 5:56 AM

    Persian Meatballs in Beet Sauce! Own Zahav Cookbook and love it - this looks just as good!

  • antpantsii  on  10/25/2018 at 6:45 AM

    Roasted corn with long hots

  • RSW  on  10/25/2018 at 7:01 AM

    Goldie falafel

  • sarahawker  on  10/25/2018 at 7:19 AM

    Chicken thigh shawarma

  • mombaker247  on  10/25/2018 at 8:11 AM

    Chicken thigh schwarma

  • MiMi60  on  10/25/2018 at 10:33 AM

    Pickled mackerel

  •  on  10/25/2018 at 1:53 PM

    Persian meatballs with beet sauce

  • lisambb  on  10/25/2018 at 2:40 PM

    The carrot and chili salad.

  • brenda21  on  10/25/2018 at 9:27 PM

    I would make the fire-roasted eggplant

  • pedturn  on  10/25/2018 at 9:42 PM

    apple Amba

  • rchesser  on  10/26/2018 at 6:29 PM

    Goldie falafel with herbs and Israeli salad.

  • t.t  on  10/26/2018 at 11:29 PM

    Chicken thigh shawarma

  • sequoia55  on  10/27/2018 at 2:00 AM

    Lamb shoulder shawarma

  • banba1  on  10/27/2018 at 2:05 AM

    Quick and easy Lamb Shoulder Shawarma? Yes, please!

  • heyjude  on  10/27/2018 at 3:09 AM


  • KarenGlad  on  10/27/2018 at 7:15 AM

    Persian meatballs with beet sauce

  • rachael_mc  on  10/27/2018 at 9:14 AM

    Yemenite-style veal osso buco with yellow rice

  • mreils  on  10/27/2018 at 9:19 AM

    Lamb shawarma. Love shawarma - chicken too.

  • elsid22  on  10/27/2018 at 11:41 AM

    The red bell pepper spread sounds interesting

  • shipwrecks  on  10/27/2018 at 11:53 AM

    Chicken thigh shawarma

  • MuncyKitchen  on  10/27/2018 at 2:59 PM

    HaKosem-style fried eggplant

  • mpdeb98  on  10/27/2018 at 3:03 PM


  • Dannausc  on  10/27/2018 at 4:24 PM


  • njk4  on  10/27/2018 at 4:27 PM

    Tehina Ketchup, and shawarma of all kinds

  • Jenamarie  on  10/27/2018 at 7:34 PM

    Saffron braised chicken!

  • ravensfan  on  10/27/2018 at 9:56 PM

    Fire-roasted eggplant

  • Siegal  on  10/28/2018 at 12:11 PM

    I want to make lemonanna!! My fav

  • jenmatt  on  10/28/2018 at 7:10 PM

    Lamb shank siniya

  • kennethjohngilmour  on  10/29/2018 at 8:51 AM

    lamb shoulder shawarma found on page 91

  • fbrunetti  on  10/29/2018 at 11:01 AM

    Saffron-braised chicken

  • vinochic  on  10/29/2018 at 3:04 PM

    Freekah mujadara

  • JulieQC  on  10/29/2018 at 9:39 PM

    Labneh tarts

  • stpbcyld50  on  10/30/2018 at 1:38 PM

    Apple amba!

  • tennyogirl  on  10/30/2018 at 6:41 PM

    tehina ketchup

  • verorenee  on  10/31/2018 at 10:51 PM

    pita bread!

  • EmilyR  on  11/2/2018 at 1:24 AM

    Coconut almond basboosa

  • Carpecookie  on  11/3/2018 at 8:52 AM

    Saffron braised chicken

  • jnstewart  on  11/5/2018 at 1:54 PM

    Lamb shoulder shawarma

  • klrclark  on  11/6/2018 at 12:07 PM

    Apple Amba

  • Laura1  on  11/9/2018 at 7:53 AM

    Turkish salad

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  11/10/2018 at 1:25 AM

    I want to make the lamb shank siniya.

  • Sfgordon  on  11/12/2018 at 11:37 PM

    I'd love to try the chickpeas with baharat, tomatoes, and brown butter

  • dbielick  on  11/13/2018 at 8:00 AM

    Cauliflower shawarma

  • choppergirl  on  11/13/2018 at 5:05 PM

    Falafel salad vinaigrette

  • SnarkyLarane  on  11/19/2018 at 2:40 PM

    So many foods I've never heard of, but I'd try lamb shoulder shwarma.

  • Uhmandanicole  on  11/20/2018 at 3:38 AM

    Harissa tehina

  • rosalee  on  11/22/2018 at 8:37 PM

    I can't believe it's not eggplant! [sabich]: battered maitake mushrooms

  • Cpado96  on  11/28/2018 at 8:03 PM

    Saffron chicken sounds divine

  • kari500  on  12/1/2018 at 11:28 AM

    Tunisian-style grilled tuna

  • michalow  on  12/1/2018 at 12:22 PM

    cauliflower shawarma

  • Lizzybee  on  12/1/2018 at 4:48 PM

    Baked eggplant

  • tcjanes  on  12/2/2018 at 12:44 AM

    Lamb shoulder shawarma.

  • orchidlady01  on  12/2/2018 at 1:40 AM

    Beef tongue with beans

  • auntietina  on  12/3/2018 at 2:58 AM

    Libyan squash salad (Chirshi)

  • marsmomma  on  12/3/2018 at 8:24 PM

    I would make the Goldie falafel with herbs and Israeli salad first.

  • stjones  on  12/10/2018 at 9:48 AM

    Chicken thigh schwarma

  • Karla123  on  12/11/2018 at 8:52 AM

    Goldie falafel with herbs and Israeli salad

  • jason0389  on  12/12/2018 at 8:35 PM

    Green garbanzo falafel with labneh and pomegranate

  • ToPieFor  on  12/13/2018 at 10:20 PM

    Persian meatballs with beet sauce

  • Lyla  on  12/13/2018 at 11:11 PM

    The pita bread on page 57 sounds good.

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