In Search of Israeli Cuisine

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In Brief: The Asheville Jewish Film Festival wraps up this year with Roger Sherman's In Search of Israeli Cuisine as their closing night event (see pricing information below). This is a fairly straightforward documentary that does exactly what its title says. It follows Israeli-American celebrity chef Michael Solomonov as he travels around Israeli (there seems to be no real pattern to these travels) trying to identify just what Israeli cuisine is and where it comes from. Considering Israel is made up of people from more than 150 countries, that answer is not easy to come by. I'm not sure the film ever reaches an exact conclusion, but there is no shortage of opinions on the topic. What makes the film work is the combination of Solomonov's winning personality and the colorful journey the movie takes us on through expensive restaurants, lesser venues, street bazaars, food markets, remarkable farms and even family kitchens.
Genre: Documentary
Director: Roger M. Sherman
Starring: Michael Solomonov
Rated: NR

The Fine Arts Theatre will show In Search of Israeli Cuisine Thursday, May 19, at 6 p.m. as the closing night event (film and reception) of the Jewish Film Festival. Tickets for the film and the reception are $25. There is an encore showing (film only) Friday, May 20, at 1 p.m.

About Ken Hanke
Head film critic for Mountain Xpress from December 2000 until his death in June 2016. Author of books "Ken Russell's Films," "Charlie Chan at the Movies," "A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series," "Tim Burton: An Unauthorized Biography of the Filmmaker."

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