The Samaritan Cookbook by Benyamin Tsedaka with reicpes from Batia bat Yefet Tsedaka and Zippora SassonTsedaka. The has photographs by Yadid Levi. The book has a subtitle: A Culinary Odyssey From The Ancient Israelites To The Modern Mediterranean.
The Samaritan Cookbook is definitely a cookbook that you read. I’m not even sure that the ingredients for some of the recipes in the book are available in the United States. But the book gives you more than just recipes. It gives you a glimpse of the culture of the Samaritan people. How they live now and how they lived thousands of years ago,
The book is no longer in length than a feature magazine article. It is, however loaded with pictures of the Samaritan people today, their celebrations and their cuisine. Being fascinated by Biblical History I found the prose remarkably interesting.
The book explains who the Samaritans are and were. Those of us who are Christian know the name of the people from Jesus parable of The Good Samaritan and other stories about Jesus in The New Testament. This book explains where The Samaritans came from, how they worship God today and even what their Bible is like. One interesting fact given in the book is that there are only 850 Samaritans left in Israel. These people, this remnant is trying to keep alive their centuries old traditions and sharing these traditions with the world.
This book is well worth the read. If you can find the ingredients, I’m sure the recipes are both healthy and delicious. Here are a few things you can make: Beef Noodle Casserole, Avocado and Sesame Dip, Lamb Meatballs with Pine Nuts and a dessert called Kunafeh.
If you have an interesting in Biblical History and Cuisine. Or if you want to go on a definite cooking adventure look no further than The Samaritan Cookbook.