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Olives just picked from the trees sit in a mesh bag
Photo by Sarit Krupka

A Guide to Local Olive Oil Varieties

Food writer Hila Alpert breaks down the types of olive oil on the shelves and offers guidance on the best oils to pair with fish, meat, cheese, and even dessert.


Kibbeh noo'ah (Kubbeh Hamusta with Kardi)
Kibbeh noo’ah (Kubbeh Hamusta with Kardi). Photo by Shani Brill.

The Kubbeh Collection

A staple of Levantine kitchens, kubbeh — which is also called kobeba, kubba, and kibbeh — is beloved across communities in Israel. Try 9 recipes for the icon, including one from a sultan’s table, a fried one from Aleppo, and another wrapped in potatoes from Basra, Iraq.


In the Asif Library

We asked a range of culinary experts to select books that explore Israeli, regional Arab, and Jewish cuisine. Browse their recommendations.

Claudia Roden

Award-Winning Cookbook Author and Middle Eastern Culinary Scholar

Gil Hovav

Celebrated Israeli Author
and
Media Personality

Dr. Johnny Mansour

Scholar of Arab-Muslim History and Christians in the Middle East

Michael Solomonov

Chef of Zahav
in Philadelphia and
Cookbook Author

The Asif Recipe Box