The Jew And The Carrot

Roundup: The Year of Hummus and Bagels Continues

By Devra Ferst

Bagels at Black Seed. Credit: Devra Ferst

As we predicted around Hanukkah last year, 2014 is indeed the year of the bagel and hummus. This week, the web’s filled with bagel recommendations and a savory hummus bread pudding recipe — oh, and the trade secrets to Katz’s pastrami.

Where to get your lox on: The 10 best appetizing shops in New York City. [Village Voice]

Another day, another list of the best bagels in New York City. This one comes from Alan Richman. [GQ].

Fattet hummus is a savory Middle Eastern bread pudding made with pita and chickpeas, give this recipe a try. [Food 52]

Try pairing that with this carrot salad with tahini and crisped chickpeas pistachios and parsley. [Smitten Kitchen]

Katz’s pastrami — in 8 steps. [Serious Eats]

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A Taste of Michael Solomonov's 'Search for Israeli Cuisine'

By Devra Ferst

Anthony Bourdain’s tour of Israel last fall left me (and most viewers) desperately longing for a real exploration of Israeli cuisine. Bourdain alluded to a meal of roasted baby watermelon in Gaza that never appeared on camera and somehow managed to skip one of the region’s culinary capitals — Tel Aviv — entirely. Where Bourdain failed, I hold hope American-Israeli chef Michael Solomonov will succeed, in his PBS special “The Search for Israeli Cuisine.”

Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait until Spring 2015 to catch the entire program. In the meantime, filmmaker Roger Sherman who traveled with Solomonov to Israel last fall has released a taste of what we can expect.

Catch shots of stunningly bright food, simple hummus and a corned beef stuffed pita at that inspires Solomonov to declare: “You can keep your truffles and foie gras, this is where it’s at.”

Viewer digression is advised: Do not watch this while hungry.

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