Celebrate a modern take on old soul food, or meet our own hometown Iron Chef, which is forged a culinary path as opposed to everyone else. This is the latest in a series of cookbook authors local event lists; check back next week for more.
Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook, "The Soul of Israel: Simple, Essential, Delicious"
Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook, the award-winning Philadelphia chef and restaurateur, respectively, behind the critically acclaimed modern Israeli restaurant Zahav, and hit the 2015 cookbook with the same name, is back with its latest cookbook. They will discuss their travels to Israel with the Tribune "Breakfast With Ina" columnist and Breakfast Queen Ina Pinkney in this book release at Spertus in South Loop, presented in collaboration with the bookstore Read It & Eat. $ 30 for event and a drink; $ 60 adds book. 7 pm Thursday, Spertus Institute of Jewish Learning and Leadership, 610 S. Michigan Ave., 312-322-1700, www.spertus.edu/programs-events/conversation/israeli-soul
The following night, Solomonov and Cook will conduct an "Israeli Soul" recording in collaboration with Pacific Standard Time chef Erling Wu-Bower and confectioner Natalie Saben at the River North restaurant. The expansive four-course party includes a first course of hummus with pan-fried roses, dates and harif hot sauce served with laffa flatbread plus salatim side dishes (Abe Fisher Bite Salad, Turkish Salad, Grilled Carrots with Chiles, Matbucha Tomato Salad, cabbage with onions, sumac and dill, plus fried eggplant with paprika); another mezze course (Brussels sprouts with baba ganoush, hazelnuts and Bulgarian fat, stuffed grape leaf with pomegranate paste, beef with beans, pickled mackerel with rye bread and spicy carrot cream); a third main course of Zahav's lamb shells and a carrot pilaf sabich sandwich with dill tabbouleh; and a dessert course with rose and hibiscus malabi custard sauce. $ 100 for dinner includes taxes and gratuities; Drinks and cookbooks are available separately. Friday at Pacific Standard Time, 141 W. Erie St., 312-736-1778, www.pstchicago.com/israelisoul
Stephanie Izard, "Gather & Graze: 120 Favorite Recipes for Tasty Good Times"
Izard, chef of Duck Duck Goat, Girl and the Goat and Little Goat Diner, will sign copies of her latest cookbook in Lincoln Park. No confirmation of which recipes to sample but you can ask her about the fan's favorite banh mi burgers, duck breast with brown butter kimchi, roasted shishito paprika with sesammiso and parmesan, plus sticky sweet potato cake with blueberry-tomatillo jam. $ 39 includes small pieces and a signed copy of the book. 12:30 to 2:00 Saturday, Williams-Sonoma Lincoln Park. 1550 N. Fremont St., 312-255-0643, bit.ly/2FCjQzB
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