These days, when we think of Vancouver, we’re likely to conjure images of salmon, snow capped mountains, and beaches teeming with wildlife. But Vancouver is also known for an unexpected culinary influence: Israeli cuisine. In the last few years, restaurants in the city have increasingly stocked their menus with offerings inspired by the Sephardic population, which the city was home to for hundreds of years, and the rich history of matzah ball soup.
So what’s it like to spend a weekend in Vancouver eating Israeli fare? The writer and cookbook author Shira Blustein sat down with Sara Herman for this thought-provoking Cookbook Review.
“Shira Blustein grew up in Vancouver and was raised eating Israel’s foods, which she would describe as ‘the most misunderstood cuisine in the world,’ said Herman. From authentic dishes like falafel to specialty dishes like hummus and burekas, you’ll find recipes for most of the favorites on the menu at Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi’s Topolobampo restaurant. She’s assembled a fabulous selection of dishes that will appeal to all foodies and – most importantly– my three young daughters.” – Sara Herman, The Times of Israel
The book, The Feast of the Trees, is now available in North America and the UK and is at the top of Amazon’s bestseller list.