In this episode...
Karen sits down with food writer and Israeli cuisine expert Adeena Sussman for a chat all about how Adeena came to serve as an ambassador of Israeli flavors to diaspora audiences, what it was like for Adeena moving to Israel seven years ago after meeting her husband Jay, and how the perspective she’s gained learning to navigate Israeli food culture as an outsider has reaped unexpected rewards. Of course, they also chat about Adeena’s favorite Rosh Hashanah recipes, and easy ideas for giving your High Holiday table a little bit of Israeli flair wherever you are in the world!
You’ll find out:
- The story of how Adeena became an unlikely Israeli food expert
- How a spontaneous blind date led to marriage and a move to Tel Aviv for Adeena
- What it’s like living smack in the middle of Tel Aviv’s Shuk HaCarmel market
- How putting her personal life first paid off for Adeena – and led to even greater career success
- What it’s like adjusting to Israeli culture as an American
- Why Adeena believes in being unapologetically Jewish more than ever since moving to Israel
- What Rosh Hashanah means to Adeena
- How Adeena’s grown into owning the things that make her different
- Adeena’s top Rosh Hashanah recipes
- How to infuse your High Holiday season with Israeli flair
- What it’s like celebrating Jewish holidays in Israel
- How Adeena decorates for Rosh Hashanah
- All about Adeena’s upcoming Shabbat cookbook – and why Adeena wholeheartedly endorses your Shabbat, your way
- What it was like spending lockdown at Chrissy Teigen and John Legend’s house – and how Adeena helped Chrissy explore her Jewish roots
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Adeena Sussman is the author of Sababa: Fresh, Sunny Flavors From My Israeli Kitchen, which was named a Best Fall 2019 cookbook by The New York Times, Bon Appetit, and Food & Wine. She is currently working on her followup to Sababa, all about the foods of Shabbat. She also coauthored Gazoz, all about the culture of sparkling seltzer-based drinks in Israel, with Benny Briga. The co-author of 15 cookbooks, Adeena's three most recent collaborations, including Cravings and Cravings: Hungry For More with Chrissy Teigen, were New York Times Best-sellers. A lifelong visitor to Israel who has been writing about that country's food culture for almost 20 years, Adeena made Aliyah in December 2018. She cooks and writes in Tel Aviv, where she lives in the shadow of that city's Carmel Market with her husband, Jay Shofet.