Israeli food more than just falafel

YOU reported last week that television presenter Phil Rosenthal had praised Israeli food as “the cuisine of the world”.

Whilst I’ll grant that shakshuka is most definitely Israeli, falafel and shawarma are indigenous to the region and not the exclusive preserve of Israel, although those dishes still tend to be part of the locals’ staple diet.

Rather, today Israeli cuisine is the result of immigration from all four corners of the earth and features everything from haimishe favourites to Indian, Thai, Chinese, Ethiopian — you name it!

Regular visitors to Israel will concur just how good it is. Effectively, it is a polygot cuisine.

Of course, we all indulge in the inevitable hummus, falafel and pitta bread, but that’s not what Israel is all about these days culinarily-speaking, even though those Middle Eastern favourites are a must on every visit.

Ralph Cohen,

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