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Calling All Fressers

By Michael Israel

June 18, 2013 | 6:18 pm

After a long hiatus from writing the blog, I have recommitted to creating new entries each week. As a reminder, this blog is an account of my journey reinventing the classic recipes found... read on

  • From Kosher to Jew-ish

    By Michael Israel

    February 21, 2013 | 12:19 pm

    Since my wife and I opened our food truck M.O.Eggrolls in 2011, I have had some of the best and worst days of my life. As the chef and owner of my own business I have had the freedom to create my own schedule, design my own menu, and create a food concept that connects with my... read on

  • It’s Not Easy Being “Fishy”

    By Michael Israel

    August 20, 2012 | 6:02 pm

    Fish is one of the most polarizing foods in our diet. Many people have awful memories of growing up in a home where fish night was nightmarish. Prior to the explosion of sushi restaurants in the U.S., many home cooks were under the impression that fish are full of bacteria and... read on

  • A Day with Gil Marks

    By Michael Israel

    August 13, 2012 | 1:24 pm

    Recently, on a trip to New York, I had the opportunity to meet Gil Marks. Gil has been incredibly supportive and encouraging in my quest to reinvent every recipe in his book Encyclopedia of Jewish Food. I wanted to have a chance to thank him in person for his work and willingness to... read on

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  • The Road to New Jewish Cuisine

    By Michael Israel

    July 9, 2012 | 7:07 pm

    Discovering Encyclopedia of Jewish Food has changed my life as a cook. I have always wanted to explore classic Jewish cuisine and find ways to contribute to its modernization. I am a firm believer that any craftsman, whether carpenter or chef, must understand the classics before... read on

  • Humbly Luxurious

    By Michael Israel

    July 3, 2012 | 12:22 pm

    Luxury apartments for rent! Luxury car sale this weekend! Luxury socks, get them while supplies last! The term Luxury is almost as overused as the word gourmet, so much that it has almost lost its meaning. Truly luxurious food typically utilizes scarce or expensive ingredients, and... read on

  • Stewing Over the Spanish Inquisition

    By Michael Israel

    June 25, 2012 | 1:33 pm

    The single most incriminating dish of the Spanish Inquisition, Adafina, is the first entry in Gil Marks’ inspiring tome, Encyclopedia of Jewish Food. Reviewing the more than 300 recipes in this incredible book, a few critical facts about Jews become clear. We have been kicked out... read on

  • The Cure [RECIPE]

    By Michael Israel

    June 19, 2012 | 6:03 pm

    Republican or Democrat, Atheist or Believer, Jew or Foodie. Most agree that the first two comparisons are well known as groups with opposing ideas, but few think of the third comparison as opposing groups. How can a Jew be a foodie or even think of being a chef in America? Chefdom in... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Michael Israel is the Chef and Owner of the M.O. Eggrolls food truck in Los Angeles, California where he lives with his wife Emily. In 2005, Michael graduated from the Culinary...

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