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


"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. It's as refreshing as it is imaginative. "

-Marc Vetri


"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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