Holocaust survivors’ cookbook shortlisted for Gourmand prize
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Holocaust survivors’ cookbook shortlisted for Gourmand prize

'Grandma Cooks Gourmet,' a collaboration of Israeli chefs and Shoah survivors, named as contender for Best Cookbook in World

Jessica Steinberg covers the Sabra scene from south to north and back to the center.

The cover of 'Grandma Cooks Gourmet,' a fundraising effort that is now a contender for prizes in two Gourmand International 2017 categories (Courtesy Shorashim)
The cover of 'Grandma Cooks Gourmet,' a fundraising effort that is now a contender for prizes in two Gourmand International 2017 categories (Courtesy Shorashim)

It’s pins and needles time for the 24 elderly Holocaust survivors and Israeli chefs who worked together on “Grandma Cooks Gourmet,” a cookbook which has been named by Gourmand International as a contender for the Best Cookbook in the World category and charity category.

The winners will be announced at ceremonies on May 27 and 28, held in Yantai Wine Bay in China.

The cookbook was published in 2016 as a project of Shorashim — an Israeli non-profit organization that works with two populations, the elderly and Ethiopians — that brought together elderly Holocaust survivors and Israeli chefs, creating classic dishes from the survivors’ kitchens, modernized by their partnering chef.

It has already won several cookbook awards in Israel, and was shortlisted with nine others in Gourmand’s Best Cookbook in the World category, and with four others in the charity category.

Each recipe included in the book also tells the personal histories of the survivors and chefs, with artwork provided by the country’s best food photographers. The list of participating chefs included Meir Adoni, Eyal Shani, Shalom Kadosh, Moshe Segev, Omer Miller, Nir Tzuk, Ezra Kedem, Miki Shemo and Orna v’Ella.

All proceeds from the cookbook go to funding for Holocaust survivors; all participants volunteered their time and efforts.

The cookbook, currently being translated into English, is available through Shorashim and select stores in Israel.

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