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"We should all be cooking like Adeena Sussman." -- The Wall Street Journal In an Israeli cookbook as personal as it is global, Adeena Sussman celebrates the tableau of flavors the region has to offer, in all its staggering and delicious variety In Hebrew (derived from the original Arabic), sababa means "everything is awesome," and it's this sunny "We should all be cooking like Adeena Sussman." -- The Wall Street Journal In an Israeli cookbook as personal as it is global, Adeena Sussman celebrates the tableau of flavors the region has to offer, in all its staggering and delicious variety In Hebrew (derived from the original Arabic), sababa means "everything is awesome," and it's this sunny spirit with which the American food writer and expat Adeena Sussman cooks and dreams up meals in her Tel Aviv kitchen. Every morning, Sussman makes her way through the bustling stalls of Shuk Hacarmel, her local market, which sells irresistibly fresh ingredients and tempting snacks--juicy ripe figs and cherries, locally made halvah, addictive street food, and delectable cheeses and olives. In Sababa, Sussman presents 125 recipes for dishes inspired by this culinary wonderland and by the wide-varying influences surrounding her in Israel. Americans have begun to instinctively crave the spicy, bright flavors of Israeli cuisine, and in this timely cookbook, Sussman shows readers how to use border-crossing kitchen staples-- tahini, sumac, silan (date syrup), harissa, za'atar---to delicious effect, while also introducing more exotic spices and ingredients. From Freekeh and Roasted Grape Salad and Crudo with Cherries and Squeezed Tomatoes, to Schug Marinated Lamb Chops and Tahini Caramel Tart, Sussman's recipes make a riot of fresh tastes accessible and effortless for the home cook. Filled with transporting storytelling, Sababa is the ultimate, everyday guide to the Israeli kitchen.


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"We should all be cooking like Adeena Sussman." -- The Wall Street Journal In an Israeli cookbook as personal as it is global, Adeena Sussman celebrates the tableau of flavors the region has to offer, in all its staggering and delicious variety In Hebrew (derived from the original Arabic), sababa means "everything is awesome," and it's this sunny "We should all be cooking like Adeena Sussman." -- The Wall Street Journal In an Israeli cookbook as personal as it is global, Adeena Sussman celebrates the tableau of flavors the region has to offer, in all its staggering and delicious variety In Hebrew (derived from the original Arabic), sababa means "everything is awesome," and it's this sunny spirit with which the American food writer and expat Adeena Sussman cooks and dreams up meals in her Tel Aviv kitchen. Every morning, Sussman makes her way through the bustling stalls of Shuk Hacarmel, her local market, which sells irresistibly fresh ingredients and tempting snacks--juicy ripe figs and cherries, locally made halvah, addictive street food, and delectable cheeses and olives. In Sababa, Sussman presents 125 recipes for dishes inspired by this culinary wonderland and by the wide-varying influences surrounding her in Israel. Americans have begun to instinctively crave the spicy, bright flavors of Israeli cuisine, and in this timely cookbook, Sussman shows readers how to use border-crossing kitchen staples-- tahini, sumac, silan (date syrup), harissa, za'atar---to delicious effect, while also introducing more exotic spices and ingredients. From Freekeh and Roasted Grape Salad and Crudo with Cherries and Squeezed Tomatoes, to Schug Marinated Lamb Chops and Tahini Caramel Tart, Sussman's recipes make a riot of fresh tastes accessible and effortless for the home cook. Filled with transporting storytelling, Sababa is the ultimate, everyday guide to the Israeli kitchen.

30 review for Sababa: Fresh, Sunny Flavors From My Israeli Kitchen

  1. 4 out of 5

    Phyllis

    I had heard a lot of good buzz about this book, and now that I've read this cookbook I can attest that it's true. The word "sababa" is Hebrew slang meaning "everything is awesome" and while I don't think everything in the book is awesome, overall it checks the boxes: beautiful photos of delicious looking food, engaging stories from the writer's experiences, honest descriptions of how difficult/simple each recipe really is, a useful shopping guide to finding ingredients in the U.S., and the best I had heard a lot of good buzz about this book, and now that I've read this cookbook I can attest that it's true. The word "sababa" is Hebrew slang meaning "everything is awesome" and while I don't think everything in the book is awesome, overall it checks the boxes: beautiful photos of delicious looking food, engaging stories from the writer's experiences, honest descriptions of how difficult/simple each recipe really is, a useful shopping guide to finding ingredients in the U.S., and the best part - Adeena's enthusiasm and encouragement to try these recipes. American born author Adeena Sussman is a food writer who is also a professional in the kitchen, and I appreciated how she tweaked the Israeli recipes for American cooks. The format of the book is based on her daily trips to her local Tel Aviv shuk, (Shuk HaCarmel) the outdoor farmer's market that contains an amazing array of spices, produce, meat and fish, as well as favorite vendors who have become her friends. The photos and narrative make you feel like you are right there shopping with her, and then home to prepare the appetizers, drinks, mains, sides, and desserts. So far I've only tried one recipe, "Chard-wrapped fish with lemon and olives" with great results. The reason I didn't give 5 stars to this virtual trip-to-Israel cookbook is that I would have liked nutritional information for the recipes. Also several of the recipes included the technique of frying, which I avoid. But you're sure to find many irresistible-looking dishes tempting you as you read through this very approachable cookbook.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Liza

    Sababa features beautiful photos and many inspiring recipes. The first recipe I prepared was the green shakshuka with crispy latkes. It came out great. I look forward to trying more recipes. This cookbook makes a great gift for anyone interested in Israeli food.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Liquidlasagna

    Sababa, borrowed from Arabic slang, means 'everything is awesome' and I’m here to tell you that’s a pretty accurate description of Adeena Sussman’s new cookbook. Go through Sababa and you’ll be transported with Adeena as she ventures to her vibrant market in Tel Aviv and returns to her kitchen to make the dishes that have put Israeli cuisine on the front burner. Nancy Silverton Everything about this book, from its title, which promises awesomeness, to Adeena’s stories about her adopted homeland, i Sababa, borrowed from Arabic slang, means 'everything is awesome' and I’m here to tell you that’s a pretty accurate description of Adeena Sussman’s new cookbook. Go through Sababa and you’ll be transported with Adeena as she ventures to her vibrant market in Tel Aviv and returns to her kitchen to make the dishes that have put Israeli cuisine on the front burner. Nancy Silverton Everything about this book, from its title, which promises awesomeness, to Adeena’s stories about her adopted homeland, its markets, ingredients, traditions, and cooks, conspires to joy. The recipes are simple, smart, and filled with the bold, bright flavors of Israel we’ve come to love. That they’re so easily doable is the bonus. Dorie Greenspan Adeena Sussman is a California woman who fell in love with Israel. Her knowledge of food, culture, and life in Israel has allowed her access to the inner circle of Israeli cooks, farmers, bakers, shop keepers, and others who imbibe that culture with a dazzling, multicultural cuisine. Adeena is reverent in her approach, historical in her research, and incredibly passionate in her quest to conquer the patchwork cultural makeup that defines the Israeli food landscape. Most importantly, she makes this terrific food and cuisine approachable and authentic at the same time. A delight! Jonathan Waxman Sababa has taught me, inspired me and fed me. You can’t say better than that. Diana Henry This book has recipes that range from intoxicating spice mixes to unfussy street food—and delivers gastronomic awesomeness. Forbes

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Noel

    Israel is high on the list of places my family would love to visit, so I was very excited to dig into this book! The beautiful photos draw you right in, making your mouth water and your hands itch to get cooking--so I did! We first made Lachuch--Yemenite Crumpet Pancakes. My girls decided that while honey and/or butter on top was good, blackberry jam spread on top was the absolute best way to eat them. From there, my daughters made the Roasted Sheet Pan Cherry Tomatoes and used them to make Roast Israel is high on the list of places my family would love to visit, so I was very excited to dig into this book! The beautiful photos draw you right in, making your mouth water and your hands itch to get cooking--so I did! We first made Lachuch--Yemenite Crumpet Pancakes. My girls decided that while honey and/or butter on top was good, blackberry jam spread on top was the absolute best way to eat them. From there, my daughters made the Roasted Sheet Pan Cherry Tomatoes and used them to make Roasted Tomato and Labaneh Pappardelle. Time restrictions did not allow for making our own labaneh, but using the Greek yogurt as suggested was delicious! I made the Hummus next, but it was a little too full-on chickpea flavor for me. I think I'm going to whiz in some roasted red peppers to take the edge off. There is so much more I want to make out of this cookbook from Challah Bread, Harissa-Honey Pargiyot (Boneless Chicken Thighs), Shabakia (a delightful looking dessert!) and more. This cookbook comfortably remains on my shelf to be pulled down and used for many years to come. I received a copy of this book from Avery Books for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Linda Hartlaub

    The best word to describe this book is joyful. It comes through in the photos, the head notes to the recipes and the recipes themselves. The book brings out the history, culture and love in Jewish cuisine. Most are not overly complicated, but neither are they simplistic. They rely on fresh, seasonal produce and a lot of ethnic foods. Thank heavens for The Spice House (online) so that anyone regardless of where they live, can obtain most of the spices and blends the author uses. A phonetic guide The best word to describe this book is joyful. It comes through in the photos, the head notes to the recipes and the recipes themselves. The book brings out the history, culture and love in Jewish cuisine. Most are not overly complicated, but neither are they simplistic. They rely on fresh, seasonal produce and a lot of ethnic foods. Thank heavens for The Spice House (online) so that anyone regardless of where they live, can obtain most of the spices and blends the author uses. A phonetic guide to pronunciation would have been helpful. This is the second selection in the Simply Recipes summer cookbook club. The Tahini Brownies look divine and I plan on making those soon.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tamar Goodman

    I waited a long time for this book from the library (Libby App due to Covid). I know most people love this book but I didn't....though I truly wanted to. I had heard so much about it and maybe I am jaded, have read too many cook books, have cooked for too many years or have strange expectations but I was underwhelmed. It just felt like the author was trying too hard to reinvent the wheel. I feel like I understand the foods of Israel, have lived there and see nothing wrong with innovation but not I waited a long time for this book from the library (Libby App due to Covid). I know most people love this book but I didn't....though I truly wanted to. I had heard so much about it and maybe I am jaded, have read too many cook books, have cooked for too many years or have strange expectations but I was underwhelmed. It just felt like the author was trying too hard to reinvent the wheel. I feel like I understand the foods of Israel, have lived there and see nothing wrong with innovation but nothing in this book appealed to me. Usually I will bookmark far more than I can ever prepare and this book just left me scratching my head. Note: I am a chef. Sorry🙄

  7. 5 out of 5

    Gennifer

    As a book about Israeli food and food culture this is a beautiful and well written book. It really gives you a strong sense of place and is a great guide to the unusual spices and produce available in Israel. As a cookbook it falls short. The recipes look amazing and the pictures of the dishes are beautiful but I can't imagine ever actually cooking any of them. Most of the are extremely ingredient and labor intense. If Sussman opens a restaurant I would gladly dine there daily but as a home coo As a book about Israeli food and food culture this is a beautiful and well written book. It really gives you a strong sense of place and is a great guide to the unusual spices and produce available in Israel. As a cookbook it falls short. The recipes look amazing and the pictures of the dishes are beautiful but I can't imagine ever actually cooking any of them. Most of the are extremely ingredient and labor intense. If Sussman opens a restaurant I would gladly dine there daily but as a home cook these recipes were very intimidating.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

    After falling in love with the food in Israel, my husband found this cookbook right when it launched. We have loved everything we have tried, and they have all found their way into our regular rotation of meals. Usually I consider a cookbook to be successful if I find a couple of recipes that I want to make again; in this one there are many, and I haven't yet scratched the surface. So delicious. Note: I do not have the kindle edition. Cookbooks need to be hard copy so I can make notations and see After falling in love with the food in Israel, my husband found this cookbook right when it launched. We have loved everything we have tried, and they have all found their way into our regular rotation of meals. Usually I consider a cookbook to be successful if I find a couple of recipes that I want to make again; in this one there are many, and I haven't yet scratched the surface. So delicious. Note: I do not have the kindle edition. Cookbooks need to be hard copy so I can make notations and see the beautiful photos.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dray

    Is it me or are cookbooks getting better and better? This is a delightful book, I found the recipes current, well explained and delectable. This is an area of the world I have not visited but the cookbook makes me want to go there just for the food. I especially appreciate the many spice mixtures presented.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bev

    Sometimes you mark a few pages of interest in a library book. Other times you realize right away that a library book won't suffice. You need to own it, mark it up, and return to it for inspiration for months to come. I made several dishes from this last night (without splashing on the library book, I promise!) and they're great! Sababa! (It's awesome.) Sometimes you mark a few pages of interest in a library book. Other times you realize right away that a library book won't suffice. You need to own it, mark it up, and return to it for inspiration for months to come. I made several dishes from this last night (without splashing on the library book, I promise!) and they're great! Sababa! (It's awesome.)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cobagibu

    Disappointing.... I've recently found that I love the flavors of the Mediterranean and this book was highly recommended by several of my friends. I guess maybe I have just researched WAY too many recipes because except for a few of the desserts there was nothing new to be gained from this cookbook. Disappointing.... I've recently found that I love the flavors of the Mediterranean and this book was highly recommended by several of my friends. I guess maybe I have just researched WAY too many recipes because except for a few of the desserts there was nothing new to be gained from this cookbook.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ashani

    I love how this book approaches the vibrant middle eastern Israeli cuisine. I already had my try to eternally-home-made-hummus by Michael Solomnov. And this also going to be a lot of home made stuff !

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This is an outstanding cookbook. Absolutely everything in it is a hit, and none of it is particularly complicated. There’s a lot of really good, digestible writing about technique as well as flavor and lots of fun asides about where she got the inspiration for this or that.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lara

    This book is purty. A lot of recipes seem a little complicated, but also some of them seem like they’d be totally worth it! This book belongs to my mother-in-law, so I can’t bring it home with me, but I am probably going to check out a copy from the library so I can try that kugel recipe!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Maureen

    Just a gorgeous book with so many recipes I want to try. This is one book I will probably buy this winter and be able to read each page slowly. I've renewed it 3 times so it has to go back to the library! Just a gorgeous book with so many recipes I want to try. This is one book I will probably buy this winter and be able to read each page slowly. I've renewed it 3 times so it has to go back to the library!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Fran

    I really liked this book - the photos are gorgeous, the recipes sound so delicious. And the little blurbs before each recipe are lovely. Borrowed it from the library and liked it so much I'm going to buy a copy for myself. I really liked this book - the photos are gorgeous, the recipes sound so delicious. And the little blurbs before each recipe are lovely. Borrowed it from the library and liked it so much I'm going to buy a copy for myself.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sari

    Love this cookbook. I want to try every recipe. I'm looking forward to many happy meals inspired by Sababa! Love this cookbook. I want to try every recipe. I'm looking forward to many happy meals inspired by Sababa!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Patrice Sartor

    3.5 stars, rounded up. Lovely photos. I made several dishes, all of which tasted very good. Only complaint is I didn't like the directions. A bit too much detail, and other niggling issues. 3.5 stars, rounded up. Lovely photos. I made several dishes, all of which tasted very good. Only complaint is I didn't like the directions. A bit too much detail, and other niggling issues.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Robin Young

    Can't wait to make recipes from this book! Can't wait to make recipes from this book!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Louise Sullivan

    Another beautiful Israeli cookbook.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    So many great recipes, I got it from the library and realized that I needed it in my own collection. I look forward to joying many meals inspired by this book

  22. 5 out of 5

    Beka

    Lovely, though I'm fairly unlikely to make most of it. Lovely, though I'm fairly unlikely to make most of it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dianne Siekmann

    Great recipes - love her style

  24. 4 out of 5

    Erika

    Some nice ideas, making the salted lemon spread soon

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    Salted lemon spread: whole lemons, garlic, peppers, salt

  26. 4 out of 5

    Julie Botnick

    Easy to follow, full flavor recipes. It’s a go-to!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is a wonderful book with amazing sounding recipes. Since I do not like most of the spices in this area I have not found a lot of recipes to actually try. I would highly recommend giving it a look. The book makes you want to head out to really live among where you are cooking.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Carolanne

    Can't wait to try some stuff from this cookbook. Sadly, it isn't vegan and animals/references to animal flesh are included Can't wait to try some stuff from this cookbook. Sadly, it isn't vegan and animals/references to animal flesh are included

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rhonda

    I love almost every recipe in this cookbook.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    Amazing.

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