Dana Kessler has written for Maariv, Haaretz, Yediot Aharonot, and other Israeli publications. She is based in Tel Aviv.
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Searching for ‘Real’ Israeli Food

A new documentary series searches through Israel’s history and restaurant scene for an authentic Israeli cuisine

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A Meal on Six Legs

The world’s first commercial grasshopper farm hopes to put insects on your menu. Don’t worry—they’re kosher.

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Foraging in Tel Aviv

On Heela Harel’s urban tours, participants learn to spot edible flowers, leaves, and weeds—and how to turn them into lunch

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Prison-to-Table Cuisine

Bino Gabso, better known as Dr. Shakshuka, has the prescription for what ails Tel Aviv’s fast food customers: a recipe he perfected behind bars

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At This Tel Aviv Restaurant, There Are Only Two Options: Moroccan or Indian Cuisine

Mama Lynna is run by a daughter-mother duo out of a home, and is only open two days a week

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Pickles and Prose

Tel Aviv literary events bring together sour food and sour stories, with sweet results

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Israelis Go Nuts for Bamba

The story behind the country’s beloved snack food

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Savory Sufganiyot Offer a Different Taste of Hanukkah

Forget the strawberry filling or the sugary toppings. These savory pastries are stuffed with meat, or fish, or cheese. And they make everything else taste like kids’ stuff.

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Keeping the Honey in the Land of Milk and Honey

Just in time for Rosh Hashanah, Israel’s annual honey festival shines a light on the variety of sweet products being produced—as well as the challenges facing the country’s beekeepers

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An Early Taste of Zionism

Published 80 years ago, Palestine’s first Jewish cookbook brought politics into the kitchen, along with new ideas about Jewish food and vegetarian cuisine

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A Private Tour of Bnei Brak—With a Side of Cholent

For two years, Pini Gorelick has been leading private tours of Israel’s ultra-Orthodox neighborhood, including Thurday night’s ‘cholent scene’

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Israel To Create Radio Station Dedicated to Country’s Veteran Artists

Following the death of pop star Gabi Shoshan—who, like many of Israel’s veteran artists, struggled financially—Israel’s Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev announced the creation of a new ‘nostalgic’ radio station

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Tel Aviv’s Hot Georgian Cuisine Scene

Three new restaurants bring a taste of the Caucasus region to Israel’s most cosmopolitan metropolis

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Matzo Balls on the Mediterranean

For 70 years, Tel Aviv restaurant Keton has attracted the country’s top artists and thinkers with its old-school Ashkenazi fare

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It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Yontif

In Israel, the specter of the Tishrei Holidays—from taking care of my kids to planning an errand to, well, anywhere—looms large

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No, Iran Is Not Opening an Embassy in Tel Aviv

Contrary to the message of an unusual PR campaign for the new film ‘Atomic Falafel.’

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Tel Aviv’s Café Tamar Closing After 74 Years

Regulars of bohemian haven were left-wingers, artists, and bons vivants

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Bread Comes Alive in the Negev Desert

Hadas Meir found her spiritual calling as a baker. Now she hosts workshops about Judaism and bread.

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A Taste of Hungary. And Morocco. And Iraq. And Bulgaria. And Libya.

Israeli culinary expert Janna Gur gathers traditional recipes from across the Diaspora in her new cookbook, ‘Jewish Soul Food’

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The Humble Pita Bread Gets a Culinary Makeover

Across Israel, new gourmet-pita stands serve up high-end fast food for discriminating diners on a budget

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The Jewish Monkeys Aren’t Messing Around

Israeli band’s new album showcases distinctive mix of rock, klezmer, and funk

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A British Baker Puts a New Spin on Knafeh, a Classic Arabic Dessert

In his Jaffa café, London native Danny Phillips hopes that savory, sweet, and vegan pastries can bring Arabs and Jews together

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Anatomy of a Tel Aviv Neighborhood

How Florentin became bohemian, artsy, and affordable—and not at all hipster

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Iconic Israeli Director Menahem Golan Dies at 85

Film about his Hollywood movie empire debuted at 2014 Cannes Film Festival

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Anger After Director Distances Israeli-Funded Film From Israel

Ministry of Culture wants its $400,000 back on Venice Film Festival entry

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In Israel, Debating What to Tell Young Children

As sirens blare and security concerns mount, parents try to keep kids calm

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In Tel Aviv, Sirens, Soccer, and an Uneasy Night

A family takes cover in the stairwell as rockets from Gaza are intercepted

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From Prisoner to Master Chef: Israeli Restaurateur Avi Levy’s Unlikely Journey

After years behind bars, addicted to drugs, he’s now one of Jerusalem’s top chefs—with a new restaurant set to open

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That New Kebab Joint’s Secret Ingredient? A Beloved Cult Star

Israelis love Avi Bitter’s melodramatic music and underground films. Now they can meet him while they try his recipes.

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A New Chapter for the Family Whose Name Has Stood for Knives in Israel for Generations

After more than 75 years in business, the Lublinsky family opens a new flagship store to replace its iconic Tel Aviv knife shop

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