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  • Published: 31 October 2016
  • ISBN: 9781775538844
  • Imprint: Random House NZ
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $49.99
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Ima Cuisine

An Israeli Mother's Kitchen



An Israeli mother - and restaurateur - shares her love of food from the eastern Mediterranean and beyond with a range of delicious recipes from her kitchen.

An Israeli mother - and restaurateur - shares her love of food from the eastern Mediterranean and beyond with a range of delicious recipes from her kitchen.Middle Eastern food is on a roll among New Zealand readers and diners. Cookery writers such as the Israeli chef and cookery writer Yotam Ottolenghi have surged into the popular cooking consciousness.

It’s not hard to see why. Food from the Middle East and around the Mediterranean Sea — whether from North Africa or from Turkey, from Iran or Israel — is colourful, unpretentious, intriguing and (for the most part) relatively easy to prepare. Many of the best dishes are naturally low in fat, cholesterol, sugar and salt.

Now a celebrated Auckland personality and restaurateur is offering a galaxy of recipes with locally sourced ingredients.

Ima Cuisine draws on the successful work of Haifa-born Yael Shochat, the founder and manager of Ima, a popular restaurant and deli/cafe in Fort Street, central Auckland.

Written with the home cook in mind, the dishes here are straightforward, simple to follow and work every time. Recipe and chapter introductions give valuable information about how local dishes are prepared and served, while the comprehensive glossary explains unfamiliar ingredients (which are steadily more common in supermarkets today).

  • Published: 31 October 2016
  • ISBN: 9781775538844
  • Imprint: Random House NZ
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $49.99
Categories:

About the authors

Yael Shochat

Cooking has always been the focus of my life. I grew up in the Israeli portside city of Haifa, eating fresh local market foods at home and at the local Arabic and Jewish restaurants. My introduction to the kitchen, like a lot of other kids, was helping my mum make cakes and getting to lick the bowl. Then I started cooking in my early teens, and have felt at home in the kitchen ever since. When I left Israel to study in the UK, it really dawned on me just how important good food is – how great food can lift your spirit and make you happy, and is central to not only special celebrations but your everyday rituals and home life. Israeli food is a vibrant and distinctive combination of Mediterranean, North African, European, and Middle Eastern, and when I came to New Zealand in late 1997 with a young family, the food I loved was very hard to find. I missed it terribly, and so I opened the Lunch Box on Shortland Street, which expanded to become Ima Cuisine on Fort Street.Ima (pronounced eema) means mother in Hebrew. My food is fresh, honest, healthy and nurturing, and the restaurant atmosphere is warm and casual. We aim to make our guests feel immediately comfortable and at home, and with the Ima cookbook I hope that some of my favourite dishes will become your home favourites too.

David Cohen

David Cohen is a Wellington-based writer and journalist whose work has appeared frequently in publications in New Zealand and abroad. An anthology, Greatest Hits: A Quarter Century of Journalistic Encounters, Cultural Fulminations and Notes on Lost Cities, was published in 2014. The English writer Julie Burchill hailed the collection as 'a brilliant album'. The New Zealand Herald described it as 'fearless'. Cohen's experience as a food critic and his longstanding interest in Jewish subjects (he contributed a chapter to Jewish Lives In New Zealand published by Godwit) led him to collaborate with the Auckland restaurateur Yael Shochat on Ima Cuisine: An Israeli Mother’s Kitchen (2016).Cohen’s work has often been prompted by personal experiences and circumstances. A Perfect World is a combined family memoir and investigative journalism on the subject of autism, based on his experience as the father of an autistic son; while Little Criminals uses Epuni Boys' Home as a basis to study New Zealand’s now-scandalous residential juvenile criminal system of the 1950s to 1980s. The book would provide the basis for a documentary of the same name. Roy Richard Grinker, a professor of anthropology at George Washington University and the author of Unstrange Minds: Remapping the World of Autism, has praised Cohen for his ‘erudition and literary elegance’, calling him a ‘gifted writer’ who ‘moves so gracefully across narratives, scientific discourses, artistic genres, historical periods and continents that you hardly notice the full force of his prose until the conclusion when, suddenly, it hits you: Cohen has made us see autism as an essential part of the human condition.’Man Booker Prize short lister Lloyd Jones wrote of Little Criminals: ‘David Cohen has taken an important piece of social history and unpacked it in a highly imaginative way. It is completely engrossing.’

Praise for Ima Cuisine

Having grown up in Haifa, Israel, Shochat is an expert in the cuisine of that country. She cooks vibrant, fresh food influenced by Mediterranean, North African and Middle Eastern cuisines. These are the dishes she serves at her downtown Auckland restaurant, Ima, and they include colourful salads, latkes, blintzes and her mother's favourite chicken recipe. Healthy, flavour-filled food with a spicy twist.

Lauraine Jacobs, New Zealand Listener

Yael's food is a vibrant and distinctive combination of Mediterranean, European, North African and Middle Eastern and she joins these tastes together in her cookbook, Ima Cuisine.

Northern Advocate

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