In Search of Israeli Cuisine is in the news!
Roger Sherman’s In Search of Israeli Cuisine is a masterpiece. After seeing it, I promptly planned my first ever trip to Israel, in part based on what I had learned in the film. Equal parts culinary journey and ancestral archaeology, the film opens a fresh way to fathom a complex country and its people - whose traditions and ways can be more fully understood when you appreciate how its diverse population eats. – Danny Meyer, restaurateur
This film beautifully captures Israel’s rich history and complex culinary landscape, providing us with an intimate insight to the melting pot of flavors that I have always enjoy. I can’t think of anyone better than Michael Solomonov to introduce us to the very home cooks and restaurateurs who maintain family recipes and push the boundaries of this deliciously modern cuisine.
– Mario Batali, chef, author, philanthropist
In Search of Israeli Cuisine is a testament to the power of food and cooking, both as an agent for change and as a master storyteller. With sensitivity and a wide-eyed appreciation, Chef Mike Solomonov guides us through this complex and ancient corner of the world. He shows us not only the beauty and depth of its culinary history, but a truly remarkable moment for its people as they define modern Middle Eastern cooking on their own terms. The film affirms that regardless of its origin, Israeli food is meant to be both cultivated and celebrated in all its drool-inducing glory! L’chaim! – Gail Simmons, food critic, TV host and author
Roger Sherman has done it again. He’s crafted a film that balances the short, rich history of the Israel with the 150 cultures that either came or never left, where home cooks are saving their grandmothers recipes and chefs are re-creating them. He also gracefully show us that the conflict is ever present, even at the table. – Ken Burns, filmmaker
I've been fortunate enough to travel to Israel with Michael and experience the woven fabric of cultures and food. And as much as that trip moved me more than I could ever articulate in words, this film brought me back in time to that journey when I had one of the biggest realizations in my life ...that food is the one thing in this world that brings us all together as one race.
– Marc Vetri, chef, restaurateur
"Isn’t Just About Food"
Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
San Francisco Chronicle – review
"A lot more than food on its plate
Hollywood Reporter – review
"Fascinating insights into a little-understood country"
Los Angeles Times – review
"Buoyantly capture the art and joy of preparing and savoring Israel’s raft of gastronomic choices
Times of Israel – review
"An exploration of aspects of Israeli history, culture, religion and politics — through food
"More than food network fare"
"Insightful and informative documentary"
Moviemaker Magazine – review
"A feast for the eyes"
Trust Movies – review
"A veritable model of intelligent, entertaining filmmaking about food"
True View Reviews – review
"A truly fascinating and enlightening journey for anyone interested in the rich history, culture"
Head Butler – review
"Nothing like what your grandmother cooked"
Unseen Films – review
"Really go to town to really explore a country and it's food
The Forward – review
"The cinematography is crisp, clean..., so it’s a good idea to have a full meal before you sit down to watch."
AM New York – review
"A tasty treat"
Cinema Crazed – review
"The film succeeds as an effective introduction to a complex and – dare we say it? – delicious subject."
We In American & Shavua Israeli – in Hebrew
The Gate Entertainment Magazine
"what it’s like to be a Palestinian chef in Israel"
Appelsiine ja hunajaa (Finnish)
Time Out Israel – Magazine cover story
Such an honor to be named to the Forward 50
Jews who have impacted American life