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Chasing Smoke: Cooking over Fire Around the Levant

Sarit Packer

Itamar Srulovich of Honey & Co.



ISBN: 9781911641322

Price: £ 26.00

Publication date: 13 May 2021

ISBN: 9781911682271

ASIN: B094X239RX

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Publication date: 13 May 2021

Category: Cookery

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The award-winning Honeys are back with more delicious dishes from the Middle East, and this time their focus is firmly on the grill. Join Sarit and Itamar on a journey filled with flavour and fire as they visit their favourite cities collecting recipes, stories and the best of culinary culture along the way.

Fire has always seasoned Sarit and Itamar’s food – both at home and in their own grill house, Honey & Smoke – and now you too will fall in love with this comforting, no-fuss, fare. Organised into five ingredient-led chapters (Fruit & Vegetables; Fish & Seafood; Birds; Lamb & Other Meats; and Bread & Unmissables), it couldn’t be easier to create a simple mouth-watering meal for two or a joyful feast for your friends and family. From grilled peaches with almond tahini and charred endive, figs with manouri cheese and pomegranate sauce, prawns in honey and fresh coriander, and smoked short ribs, the scent and flavour created by the meeting of heat, wood, flesh and plant will never fail to lend your food a special, magical quality. 

You’ll also find five city features on Alexandria, Egypt; Amman, Jordan; Acre, Israel; Adana, Turkey; and Thessaloniki, Greece, all bursting with inspiration from the best fire-fuelled eateries each destination has to offer – from the greatest grill houses to the humblest roadside kebab joints, balcony culture and open fires on shores. Complete with culinary souvenirs including beautiful ingredient combinations, age-old tricks and techniques, curious kitchen tools, and clever ‘rainy day’ advice on how to recreate the dishes using a conventional oven or stovetop, heat the coals, come together and cook with the flavour of smoke.


Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich opened Honey & Co in 2012, launching their restaurant Honey & Smoke and deli Honey & Spice close behind. Cooking and baking since she was five, Sarit trained at Butler’s Wharf, at the Orrery under Chris Galvin, J Sheekey, The OXO Tower, Ottolenghi and Nopi. Itamar Srulovich was born and raised in Jerusalem. Cooking since the age of five and leaving a great mess in the kitchen ever since, Itamar trained on the job in various places in Tel-Aviv where he met Sarit. Honey & Co The Cookbook (2015) was named Cookbook of the Year by The Sunday Times (UK), Fortnum & Mason Food & Drink Awards Cookery Book of the Year 2015, and The Guild of Food Writer’s (UK) Award Winner for Best First Book.



“There’s not a recipe in the book I don’t want to cook”

Nigella Lawson

“These dishes will transform your summer cooking”

BBC Good Food magazine

‘If you’re still slinging big lumps of meat on the barbecue this summer, you need this book, because you’re missing something vital’

The Financial Times

‘The prose is wonderfully evocative, lyrical and precise. As you cook your way through the book…I strongly suspect the authors’ passion for the smoke-infused cooking of the Middle East will become yours, too’

The Wall Street Journal

'If you know what you’re doing and just want amazing food, Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich’s Chasing Smoke is divine.'

The Sunday Times

‘Packed with recipes worth lighting the coals for’

The Sunday Telegraph

This is so much more than a recipe book - it’s as much about exploration and friendship, and discovering the region’s culinary culture, though cooking remains at its heart’

“Delicious barbecue dishes”

Stylist Loves

“Full of their trademark warmth and generosity and groaning with gorgeous recipes and delicious travel tales”

The Jewish Chronicle

‘A dazzler’

delicious. magazine

‘A gastronomic tour of the Levant…the recipes are real, and delicious’

BBC Good Food magazine

‘A deliciously escapist read’

The Sunday Express

‘A beautiful collection of recipes…Sarit and Itamar really are masters of cooking over fire’

The Irish Examiner

‘Grilled Middle Eastern food made easy, with loads of flavour and mind-blowing variety’

Strong Words magazine

‘A pure celebration of flavour, culture and texture, bringing the places and food from this region to life'

Wicked Leeks (Riverford Veg magazine)

‘A gem’

Irish Independent

‘A deliciously escapist read’

The Daily Mirror

'Not only a strikingly original cookbook but also a travelogue…’

The Daily Mail