In Search of Israeli Cuisine (2017)


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In Search of Israeli Cuisine is a portrait of the Israeli people told through food. It puts a literal face on the culture of Israel. Profiling chefs, home cooks, farmers, vintners, and cheese makers drawn from the more than 100 cultures that make up Israel today--Jewish, Arab, Muslim, Christian, Druze a rich, complex and human story emerges. Through scenes that are mostly cinema verité--interviews, farms, markets, restaurants, kitchens, landscapes, and history--audiences will discover that this hot, multi-cultural cuisine has developed only in the last 30 years. In that short time, Israel went from being one of the poorest countries in the world to one of the most advanced. Its sophistication mirrors the current state of the Israeli people and their food: secular, outward looking and innovative.

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Like the graphics that intermittently appear as Solomonov travels (and which look like the first Google Image result for "Israel map"), the documentary proves slightly underwhelming.

Apr 20, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Sherman and Solomonov buoyantly capture the art and joy of preparing and savoring Israel's raft of gastronomic choices, largely drawn from localized ingredients with a concentration on lemon, olive oil, vegetables, lamb and fish.

Mar 30, 2017 | Full Review…

The film is at its best when tackling the often uncomfortable discussion of what Israelis have learned, borrowed, and absorbed from the Arab cuisines that existed there before creation of the state.

Mar 29, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

An education about Israel's surprisingly diverse cultures, and an exploration of how social, demographic and economic forces have propelled the country's food scene from the bland to the exciting.

Mar 29, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

In Search of Israeli Cuisine is an unadulterated foodie delight. But much more than that, Roger Sherman's documentary offers fascinating insights into a little-understood country ...

Mar 24, 2017 | Full Review…

Long stretches are just the usual food-speak about local ingredients and childhoods spent watching Grandma cook. Its best segments, though, are an informative take on a subject that is still very much evolving.

Mar 23, 2017 | Full Review…

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