The Search for Israeli Cuisine
The first film to bring the richness and diversity of Israel’s food culture to Americans
A Roger Sherman Film
A National PBS Primetime Special
“It’s important for Americans to realize that regardless of what you see on TV, regardless of your political stance, Israeli cuisine reflects humanity at its best. Sometimes the easiest way for people to relate to a country is through its food and culture.”
NEWS: We’ve completed filming. An amazing 30 day shoot!
It may be surprising to learn that a major culinary revolution is taking place in a country so frequently associated with political drama. In just thirty years, Israel has gone from having no fine food to call its own to a cuisine that is world-renowned.
But what is Israeli cuisine?
- Chefs and Israelis who love food have strong opinions, reflecting an incredibly diverse cultural heritage: Moroccan, Persian, Yemenite, Polish, French, American — from 72 countries at last count – Jews, Palestinians, Arabs, Christians, Druze — kosher and non-kosher.
- Should that diversity be stirred into a melting pot or remain distinct?
- What happens when traditions are lost?
- Children who grew up ashamed of their mother’s cooking are celebrating and even reinventing it in their own trendy restaurants.
These questions and more are the focus of The Search for Israeli Cuisine.
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The Search for Israeli Cuisine is a non-profit project
The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles is our 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor
all U.S. donations are tax-deductible
For more information: call us at 212.980.5966 or write Roger.Sherman@FlorentineFilms.com
These photos are cleared for press distribution. Most were taken while shooting the film in Israel. The pictures of Chef Michael Solomonov cooking were taken at his restaurant Zahav. Please credit: “courtesy Florentine Films ©2013″. Caption information is embedded.
Roger Sherman: Director/Producer/Cinematographer
Karen Shakerdge: Producer
Rhonda Barad: Executive Producer
Michael Solomonov: Chef/Guide
Avihai Tsibari: Certified Guide
Anthony Savini: Cinematographer
Sound: Oleg Kaizerman
Camera Assistant: Nimrod Golan
Rebel Kessler: Editor
Amit Gur: Composer
Isaac Shushan: Composer
Avshalom Farjun: Composer
Evan Anthony: Color Correct – Frame:Runner
Eric Milano: Sound Mix