Chef Michael Solomonov traveled to Israel for a culinary tour that was the basis for the documentary "In Search of Israeli Cuisine." Chef Michael Solomonov traveled to Israel for a culinary tour that was the basis for the documentary "In Search of Israeli Cuisine." Chef Michael Solomonov traveled to Israel for a culinary tour that was the basis for the documentary "In Search of Israeli Cuisine." (Photo: Florentine Films)

'In Search of Israeli Cuisine' has arrived on Netflix

Documentary hosted by restaurateur Michael Solomonov is a multicultural culinary tour of his birthplace.

You probably don't want to be hungry when you turn on the TV this weekend to watch "In Search of Israeli Cuisine," The film, released in theaters in March after a successful festival run, has just arrived on Netflix.

Movie critics called the documentary – directed by Roger Sherman and hosted by James Beard Award winning chef Michael Solomonov – a "mind-blowing, gut-busting culinary travelogue." But this is much more than a globe-trotting food journey; it's also a rich cultural exploration.

"People from many different countries have come to the area for thousands of years and they all bring their traditions, including food,” says Sherman, who decided to make the film after visiting Israel eight years ago. “Israeli cuisine has really come into its own."

Michael Solomonov shows off bourekas at a restaurant in Israel. Chef Michael Solomonov acted as a culinary tour guide in the documentary. (Photo: Florentine Films)

Seventeen plates, and that doesn't even count hummus, which comes with every entree. That's what the folks at a Yemenite restaurant in town offered Solomonov in the film. Solomonov, who's no stranger to dazzling diners with his own globally acclaimed restaurants, couldn't help but be impressed by the spread – and its many origins.

El Babor Restaurant in Acre, Israel, served up authentic Mediterranean dishes like Israeli salad, tahini and stuffed grape leaves. El Babor Restaurant in Acre, Israel, served up authentic Mediterranean dishes like Israeli salad, tahini and stuffed grape leaves. (Photo: Florentine Films)

"I don't even know how many countries are represented in one place," Solomonov, also a cookbook author, said in the film. He's consistently amused and amazed by these discoveries throughout the film, as he traverses the country of his birth, taking in the aromas and sights and sounds that make Israeli cuisine one of the world's favorites.

"Every day, every minute that you're here, you're exposed to something new," Solomonov said of his time in Israel. "The mission is to show Israeli cuisine in its entirety. The complexity, but also the beauty."

Chef Michael Solomonov (left) traveled to many restaurants in Israel, including Avigail's Kitchen. Chef Michael Solomonov (left) traveled to many restaurants in Israel, including Avigail's Kitchen. (Photo: Florentine Films)

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