MICHAEL SOLOMONOV, the executive chef of Zahav, named an
"essential" restaurant by Eater, is the 2017 James Beard
Outstanding Chef in America and the 2016 Eater Chef of the
Year. STEVEN COOK, his business partner, and SOLOMONOV wrote
Federal Donuts and the award-winning Zahav. Together,
they own Zahav, Federal Donuts, Abe Fisher, Dizengoff, The Rooster,
and Goldie restaurants.
"In the follow-up to their 2016 James Beard Award-winning
Zahav, chef Solomonov and his business partner Cook
(together they have a string of restaurants in Philadelphia) mine
the melting pot of Israel for the 70-year-old country's classic
meals. Dishes are examined with quasi-Talmudic love...[and]
temptingly presented. Whether cracking a joke about hummus ("After
almost 1,000 years, people are pretty much okay with where hummus
is at. It doesn't need to be deconstructed") or offering thorough
guidance for crafting pita dough, this duo strikes a heartwarming,
enthusiastic tone. Expect this offering to be as successful as
--Publishers Weekly, STARRED review
Praise for Zahav
"Solomonov's food is the genuine cooking that you find all over Israel . . . cooking that bursts with freshly ground spices and complex flavors, from char-edged kebabs to tahini-rich sauces, chewy grains, fresh herbs and rainbows of vegetable salatim, or small cold salads that are the vivid starting point of every meal."
--New York Times "The pervasive feeling is one of warmth and commensality and celebration, family-style platters rather than perfect platings, a paean to off-the-cuff pleasures and raucous gatherings."