It seems the current cultural trend of Jews openly celebrating their love of pork, opening restaurants such as Traif in New York and Animal in Los Angeles has arrived in Israel. Jeffery Yoskowitz of The New York Times reported today that Israeli publishing house Keter Books has released the country’s first pork cookbook intended for an Israeli Audience.
Pork has been sold in Israel for years now, especially in Christian communities and more recently in the communities of immigrant Jews from the former Soviet Union, but this is the first book of its kind intended to make pork a household food staple for thousands of secular Israelis.
The book, titled “The White Book,” was written by 61-year-old retired Cardiologist and current food columnist for Haaretz, Eli Landua, and features 80 Mediterranean style recipes with the pig as the centerpiece. Dr. Landau told The Times, “This book was not possible 20 years ago,”
Dr. Landau said. “In 20 or 30 years, it (eating pork) will be a natural thing. I don’t think I will be around to see it.”