CUESA | Market Happening: Michael Solomonov & Steven Cook, co-owners of Zahav and co-authors of Israeli Soul, in conversation with Sarah Fritsche of the San Francisco Chronicle

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Michael Solomonov & Steven Cook, co-owners of Zahav and co-authors of Israeli Soul, in conversation with Sarah Fritsche of the San Francisco Chronicle

Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 9:30am to 10:15am
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Please join us in the market for a conversation with acclaimed restaurateurs and authors Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook and The San Francisco Chronicle’s Sarah Fritsche about Michael and Steven’s latest book Israeli Soul: Easy, Essential, Delicious. This is their first major book since the trailblazing Zahav cookbook (which won the prestigious James Beard Award for Best Book of the Year).  Together Michael and Steven go straight to the food of the people—the great dishes that are the soul of Israeli cuisine. Usually served from tiny eateries, hole-in-the-wall restaurants, or market stalls, these specialties have passed from father to son or mother to daughter for generations. To find the best versions, the authors scoured bustling cities like Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Haifa, and sleepy towns on mountaintops. They visited bakeries, juice carts, and beaches. Their finds include meals in ‘the hand’ like falafel and pita; juicy, grilled and roasted spice-rubbed meats; stuffed vegetables; a wealth of chopped vegetable salads; a five-minute hummus with more than two dozen toppings; seltzer drinks ‘Jewish Champagne’ and even vegan tehina milkshakes. Solomonov & Cook have perfected and adapted every recipe for the home kitchen.

Michael is the executive chef/co-owner at Zahav, a modern Israeli restaurant that brings the authentic flavors of Israel to Philadelphia. Michael’s accolades include 2017 James Beard and 2014 Eater National Chef of the Year.

Steven is the co-owner of CookNSolo Restaurants, home to some of Philadelphia’s most distinctive culinary concepts. His culinary mark began with Zahav, the pioneering modern Israeli restaurant that puts the diverse cuisine of Israel on the map, and extends to Federal Donuts, Abe Fisher, Dizengoff, Goldie, and the philanthropic luncheonette, Rooster Soup Company, which donates 100% of its profits to their non-profit partner, Broad Street Ministry Hospitality Collaborative. Cook is also co-owner of Dizengoff NYC and the recently-opened Federal Donuts and Dizengoff Miami.  Son of a rabbi, Cook left his job as an investment banker in New York to return to Philadelphia and pursue a career as a hospitality entrepreneur.  He attended the French Culinary Institute and Wharton.

The talk will be followed by book sales and a “meet and greet” at the Ferry Building Marketplace’s Book Passage.

Seating will be limited and is first come, first served.


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