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

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


A signed copy of Alon Shaya's debubt cookbook "Shaya: An Odyssey of Food, My Journey Back to Israel"

This is no ordinary cookbook, it is also a memoir that begins in Israel and winds its way from the streets of Philadelphia, to Italy, back to Israel, and finally to the heart of the South, New Orleans. Complete with stories of place, of people, and the food that connects them all. From rice and beans cooked on the New Orleans streets during Hurricane Katrina, to roasted chicken with harissa and speckled trout with tahini and pine nuts, SHAYA follows the course of the flavors Alon has tried, the places he has visited, and the lessons he has learned.


"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 toward."

--Alice Waters

 “Breathtaking. What makes this book dazzle is that Alon does not discard his food memories but transforms them into the recipes that so many of us have eaten at his restaurants Domenica and Shaya and can now enjoy by making them at home. Bravo!”
—Joan Nathan, author of King Solomon’s Table
“The way Alon weaves his cuisine through different cultures that he has encountered should be an inspiration to all young cooks who strive to create their own style. His book is as refreshing as it is imaginative.”
—Marc Vetri, author of Mastering Pasta
“Alon’s journey is as gripping and as seductive as his cooking: from his safta’s lamb kebabs to his liaisons with drug dealers at fifteen; from his blueberry rugelach or bright green falafel to the 500 crab cakes he lost to hurricane Katrina. Lovely stories, terrific food.”
—Yotam Ottolenghi, author of Jerusalem: A Cookbook