After falling in love through their shared passion for food, Itamar Srulovich and Sarit Packer launched Honey & Co., one of London's hottest new restaurants, in 2012. Since opening the doors, they have created exquisite dishes, delectable menus, and an atmosphere that's as warm, inviting, and exotic as the food they serve.
Recipes include spreads and dips, exquisitely balanced salads, one-pan dishes, simple fragrant soups, rich Persian entrees, the tagines of North Africa, the Sofritos of Jerusalem, and the herb-infused stews of Iran. Honey & Co. brings the flavors of the Middle East to life in a wholly accessible way, certain to entice and satisfy in equal measure.
"Honey & Co.'s food -- taking its cue from generations of dedicated home cooks -- captures everything that is generous, hearty, and delicious in the Middle East."-Yotam Ottolenghi
Middle Eastern cookbooks abound, but this debut stands out by mixing its Israeli authors' native cooking traditions with modern techniques and fresh surprises. Srulovich and Packer are a married couple who met in Israel before working at the famed Ottolenghi in London and moving on to open their own eatery, the titular Honey & Co. Various spice mixes and pastes, along with preserved lemons, form a flavor foundation for dishes such as lamb shawarma and Israeli couscous with peas, mint, and goat cheese. Breads play an important role, as the restaurant prepares three to four fresh types daily, from flat pita slabs to spongy round loaves of potato bread. There are the staple recipes one would expect for layering with falafel and spit-roasted meats hummus, yes, and pickles but also more unexpected combinations such as beets and plums in a rose and walnut dressing, and mushroom and cumin sfiha (a pizza-like pie). Inventive desserts such as feta and honey cheesecake carry the sense of wonder through to the final course. Personal storytelling and naturalistic imagery lend a distinct voice to this strong, appealing recipe collection. Color photos.