Solomonov wraps national book tour with WHYY event at Zahav

Guests packed the dining room at Zahav in Philadelphia on Sunday for an afternoon of Solomonov and salatim.

Guests packed the dining room at Zahav in Philadelphia on Sunday for a conversation with award-winning chef Michael Solomonov sponsored by WHYY.

I had the pleasure of interviewing the author about his book “Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking” in front of an audience of WHYY members, supporters, and fans of Israeli cuisine. Everyone left with a signed copy of the book.

Solomonov spoke about the food he loves, the opportunities he’s had, and the life he leads every day. We talked about his inspiration for the book and the ingredients and techniques that make Zahav’s Israeli cuisine so distinct. We also talked about his recovery from drug addiction, accepting accountability, and his rising success.

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“We’re on our eighth year here at Zahav which is 100 years in restaurant years. And we’ve got an idea and we’re comfortable and we’re confident with our relevancy not only with the Philadelphia dining scene and what’s happening here in the States but our role as the conduit between Israel and the countries that make up Israel and their specific gastronomys and our reach to the Philadelphia diner,” Solomonov said.

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