Shaya: An Odyssey of Food, My Journey Back to Israel

by Alon Shaya


"Alon's journey is as gripping and seductive as his cooking: from his safta's lamb kebabs to his liasons with drug dealers at fifteen; from his blueberry rugelach or bright green falafel to the five hundred crab cakes he lost to Hurricane Katrina. Lovely stories, terrific food."

– Yotam Ottolenghi, author of Jerusalem: A Cookbook


"An exquisite expression of the way food can become so enriched with culture and tradition that it changes our culinary landscape. Whether it's the borekas that taught him lessons as a child or the red beans and rice that he selflessly made to save victims of Hurricane Katrina, Alon Shaya is a true hero of mine. I would recommend this book to ambitious chefs and anyone looking for an inspiring read."

– Mario Batali


"Part cookbook, part memoir, Alon Shaya writes of identity, memory and the power that food holds in our lives. This is a beautiful cookbook, rich with emotion and recipes filled with spices and herbs and all of the vegetables I am drawn towards."

– Alice Waters



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