Cook In Israel Review & Giveaway

Written by chanie on August 15th, 2013

Orly Ziv, a nutritionist and cooking instructor from Tel Aviv Israel, is a cook after my own heart. In her debut cookbook, Cook In Israel, Orly showcases recipes that draw on her Greek Jewish Heritage, with flavors of the Middle East and Mediterranean. Her entire first chapter is dedicated solely to eggplant and tomatoes, ingredients which are central to my kitchen. Page after page, Orly’s simple, healthy and flavorful recipes are ones you would find on my dining table any day of the week.

Cook In Israel bears the subtitle “Home Cooking Inspiration” and that is precisely what Orly’s book is all about. In a warm family-oriented way that is customary for Israelis, Ms. Ziv welcomes you into her kitchen with open arms. Her book is clear, simple and straight-forward, with many step by step photos to help guide you along the cooking process. Orly shares family favorites, holiday dishes and an expansive array of vegetarian recipes that are mainstays in Middle Eastern culture.

What is most impressive to me is that Orly self-published this beautiful collection of recipes with masterful results. The typography, layout and picture-perfect photography can only be matched by her clear and concise style of recipe writing – a welcome change from most cookbooks (which include too much commentary).

As someone who relishes Middle Eastern cuisine, this book lacks traditional Israeli fare like “al ha-esh” bbq , shishkebab and other chicken & meat recipes. It is somewhat confusing that Orly only makes slight mention of the fact that her book is almost entirely vegetarian, with only two meat recipes, which in my opinion, are better left out altogether.  As someone who is not ready to give up her carnivorous ways,  this cookbook still offers countless recipes that are filling and flavorful, such as breads, fish, grains and legumes.

Vegetarian or not, Cook In Israel is a keeper after all.


Busy In Brooklyn is thrilled to be able to give away a copy of Cook in Israel to one of my readers!

To enter the giveaway, vote for my grilled portobello burger with sundried tomato aioli in Swap it or Top it Mushroom Contest from The Mushroom Channel. You can vote once per day until August 31, 2013. Each vote will include one entry into the giveaway. Just leave a comment below letting me know when you have voted.

Winner will be chosen at random on Sunday, September 1st, 2013.


Busy In Brooklyn Middle-Eastern Inspired Recipes:

roasted eggplant parmesan with feta
roasted eggplants with Israeli salad
summer tomato feta salad
malawach cheese pastries with dipping sauce
banana dates milk & honey smoothie
grilled chickpea burgers

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34 Comments so far ↓

  1. Shoshana says:


  2. chaya says:

    Voted for your portobello burger.

  3. Melissa Glassey says:

    YUM!! I voted!

  4. Faiga says:

    Always am looking for new and interesting recipes

  5. Faleen Fedol says:

    Yes, i did vote for you. Hoping that you win in that contest and that I can win what looks like a wonderful cookbook to share with my son and daughter in law. Thank you for the opportunity.

  6. Robyn says:

    I have voted. It looks great. Can’t wait to try it.

  7. robyn says:

    Just voted. It looks great.

  8. Hedy says:

    I voted for you yesterday….not knowing there was a giveaway. I will go back today and vote again.
    Thanks for letting us know. Good luck!

  9. Miriam Rudnick says:

    Voted! Good luck!

  10. Rochel Leah Jaffe says:


  11. Sounds like a great book! A whole chapter dedicated to tomatoes and eggplant, yum that’s my type of book!

  12. Cinnamon Mum says:


  13. Roberta says:

    Are there eggs in this recipe?

  14. Bassie says:


  15. robyn says:

    It looks great. I will put my vote in.

  16. robyn says:

    I just voted! can’t wait to make it.

  17. Rochel Leah Jaffe says:


  18. devorah says:


  19. Jamie Geller says:

    I met Orly and she is as lovely as her book! So glad you enjoyed it.

  20. Susan says:

    As a descendant of Dr. Samuel Nunez (Savannah, GA 1733) I would be
    most interested. In learning more about my Jewish roots. What better way than through cooking?

  21. Paula Lamphere says:

    I vote for you! What a yummy recipe!

  22. Lisa says:

    I voted for your burger.

  23. I might make that fish in tahini tonight.

  24. miriam says:


  25. Hedy says:

    Your recipe looks like a winner.Going to vote right now.

  26. Faleen Fedol says:

    I have added my vote for you again…hope it helps…wishing you only good news…also i am hoping to win the cookbook for my son and daughter in law who are so good to me and I know they would really enjoy it. Shabbat Shalom

  27. Dfinger says:

    thank u!

  28. Lisa says:

    I voted today. Best of luck.

  29. AILUY says:

    What size pan would you recommend for the Apple Cake? I would like to bake a round one for Rosh HaShanah.

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