Our beloved Gestalten Books have just published ‚Abrahams Küche‘ (the English original is called Divine Food), a cookbook that is so much more than that. It is the manifestation of cultural commonalities in a region that never tires of emphasising the learnt, unsurmountable differences between its inhabitants. It is a journey through the promised land: from local markets and Arabian traditions to the nomadic cuisine of the desert regions and the hip restaurants in Tel Aviv. Because Israelis and Palestinians are united by their outstanding and dynamic culinary culture. Hummus? Everyone loves it be it here or there. The (attention!) Isreali-Palestininan cuisine has a unique abundance of flavours. Where trade routes once crossed, culinary intersections also came into being. Be it Shakshuka, Challa or Baklava – the regional recipes give an insight into the preparation as well as the origin of iconic dishes. The comprehensible and beautifully illustrated recipes and the anecdotes and background stories from applied geography make it easy to let the aromas of the Mediterranean-Oriental cuisine carry you away and introduce you to its traditions. Food? Unites! Families, friends, strangers, cities and yes, cultures. What would Berlin, for example, be without the culinary identity-mix of Döner-Thai-Schnitzel-Pasta-Indian-Currywurst? Right, pretty boring. Berlin cuisine? Here it is! Berlin unity? This is what it tastes like! Culinary culture means identity. Traditional recipes are like little culinary manifestations of a cultural unity. Even, and particularly, if that is officially non-existent although is has been there for millennia. We’re giving away an issue of this new primer for culinary international relations hot off the press. Send us an email headlining ‚BETEAVONSAKHA‘ to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Abrahams Küche | 304 Pages, 35 Euro | Published by Gestalten Books | shop.gestalten.com