Wednesday, May 17, 2017 8:15 PM
This entertaining documentary is a portrait of the Israeli people told through food. Hosted by top chef (and James Beard award-winner) Michael Solomonov, the film profiles chefs, cooks, vintners and cheese-makers from the diverse cultures that make up Israel today, including Jewish, Arab, Muslim, Christian and Druze. When Solomonov enters people’s lives and their kitchens, he discusses their roots, inspirations and how they’re preserving traditions and updating recipes with global influences. The filmmakers explore remarkable food traditions as diverse as Moroccan, Persian, Lebanese, French, Italian and Russian, in the most cutting-edge restaurants: kosher and non-kosher, religious and secular. Home cooks are preserving their grandmothers’ recipes, and dynamic chefs are updating them, in Israel’s hot, multicultural cuisine scene. Writer/Producer/Director: Roger Sherman. (US 2016) 98 min.