I was so lucky to have the opportunity of visiting Israel in November of 2014, and the further away I am from my time there, the more I miss it. This craving to go back to Israel isn’t just my nostalgia setting in after organizing my pictures and telling my friends story after story… There is such a unique spirit about that country: its history, people, culture, food, architecture, everything.. It grabs you.
The characteristics of Israel are rich, and I miss it terribly.
Over the holidays, I found myself at an Anthropologie in Naples, FL when I unexpectedly spotted the word JERUSALEM from some feet away. If I had seen this book in October, I would have thought, ‘Oh, cool. I’ll be there in a month’. But it was December, a month after I had visited that beautiful country, and I thought ‘I’ve been there! I love Jerusalem… I love Israel… I miss it so much… I want to eat that…’. All the while, I rush to the book and immediately start flipping through it to find that I had eaten many of the dishes and walked through markets just like the ones featured in this cookbook.
Obviously, I bought it. And I’ve made a commitment to try almost all of these recipes – kind of a Julie and Julia scenario, but as Jackie and Jerusalem – in hopes of reliving my time there and to share it with family and friends. For better or for worst, I’ll be documenting these recipes here on TATU along with some of my pictures from the trip.