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Shaya : An Odyssey of Food: My Journey Back to Israel
by Alon Shaya


Overview - An exciting debut cookbook that confirms the arrival of a new guru chef . . . A moving, deeply personal journey of survival and discovery that tells of the evolution of a cuisine and of the transformative power and magic of food and cooking. From the two-time James Beard Award-winning chef whose celebrated New Orleans restaurants have been hailed as the country's most innovative and best by Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Saveur, GQ, and Esquire.  Read more...

 
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Overview
An exciting debut cookbook that confirms the arrival of a new guru chef . . . A moving, deeply personal journey of survival and discovery that tells of the evolution of a cuisine and of the transformative power and magic of food and cooking. From the two-time James Beard Award-winning chef whose celebrated New Orleans restaurants have been hailed as the country's most innovative and best by Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Saveur, GQ, and Esquire.

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* "Alon's journey is as gripping and as seductive as his cooking . . . Lovely stories, terrific food."
--Yotam Ottolenghi, author of Jerusalem: A Cookbook
* "Breathtaking. Bravo." --Joan Nathan, author of King Solomon's Table

Alon Shaya's is no ordinary cookbook. It is a memoir of a culinary sensibility that begins in Israel and wends its way from the U.S.A. (Philadelphia) to Italy (Milan and Bergamo), back to Israel (Jerusalem) and comes together in the American South, in the heart of New Orleans. It's a book that tells of how food saved the author's life and how, through a circuitous path of (cooking) twists and (life-affirming) turns the author's celebrated cuisine--food of his native Israel with a creole New Orleans kick came to be, along with his award-winning New Orleans restaurants: Shaya, Domenica, and Pizza Domenica, ranked by Esquire, Bon Appetit, and others as the best new restaurants in the United States.
These are stories of place, of people, and of the food that connects them, a memoir of one man's culinary sensibility, with food as the continuum throughout his journey--guiding his personal and professional decisions, punctuating every memory, choice, every turning point in his life. Interspersed with glorious full-color photographs and illustrations that follow the course of all the flavors Shaya has tried, places he's traveled, things he's experienced, lessons he's learned--more than one hundred recipes--from Roasted Chicken with Harissa to Speckled Trout with Tahini and Pine Nuts; Crab Cakes with Preserved Lemon Aioli; Roasted Cast-Iron Ribeye; Marinated Soft Cheese with Herbs and Spices; Buttermilk Biscuits; and Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Whipped Feta.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780451494160
  • ISBN-10: 0451494164
  • Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
  • Publish Date: March 2018
  • Page Count: 440
  • Dimensions: 9.7 x 7.6 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds


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Shaya: An Odyssey of Food, My Journey Back to Israel is Alon Shaya’s stunning debut cookbook, with over 100 recipes wrapped in a candid, compelling “autobiography” about his culinary sensibility and how he found his way to becoming an award-winning chef. If that sounds heavy, it’s not. Born in Israel and brought up in the U.S., Shaya cooks in a way that reflects his heritage and his ramblings from culinary school to Las Vegas, New Orleans, Italy and, most importantly, Israel, where he found the core of his cultural identity. And we’re the lucky beneficiaries of his unique, very personal take on what it means to meld the best of many food traditions. Za’atar Fried Chicken is a must, as are Spicy Scallop Rolls, feathery-light Bright Green Falafel, Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Whipped Feta, Avocado Toast with Whitefish and Shaya’s grandmother’s Bulgarian Lamb Kebabs—so many fabulous flavors, so many imaginative combos.

 

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