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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.”

—Michael Solomonov, American-Israeli chef of the acclaimed Zahav in Philadelphia


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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.

For news and updates about the film and to share your thoughts and experiences about Israeli Cuisine, follow The Search for Israeli Cuisine on Facebook

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


Ruthie Rousso, journalist, chef, cookbook writer

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

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