To say that the effort to successfully release and sell a pork cookbook in Israel is at the very least a challenge to a vast number of social and sacred taboos, is much more than a mere understatement. However, those people with a taste for religious history know from their study and personal life experience; that sometimes mysteries and miracles do in fact; occur … and many people living in the what is commonly referred to as Holy Land can think of no better term or description for what is happening today.
A renowned and respected Israeli cardiologist, Dr. Eli Landau, has successfully written and sold several copies of his increasingly popular pork cookbook called “The White Book,” in reference to pork being commonly referred to as “The White Meat!” Jews, Muslims and others who secretly love bacon are absolutely thrilled.
My attention was first drawn to the event when I was researching Dr. Landau’s recipe for a bacon frittata and soon discovered that the recipe was coming from … of all places, an Israeli cookbook!
Touted throughout the media as the first Israeli pork cookbook, this collection of culinary creativity includes 80 recipes, mostly Mediterranean Eastern European dishes. However, what is most unique about this Israeli cookbook is the fact that it suggests several pork based recipes and explains the currently secretive history and nature of pork, for those cooks who have never prepared it and in most cases, have never even tasted it before.
So, with a twist of fate, less orthodox sects of Jews and Muslims, as well as their more secular brethren, along with many Christian Arabs and immigrant workers from Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union who don’t keep kosher, are able to get hold of ham, bacon and sausage, etc.
The fact that this man is not just a DOCTOR, but actually a highly successful, well respected and much sought CARDIOLOGIST is a very strong “Thumbs UP” to many of the new breed of open minded University Researchers, Nutritionists and Doctors across the globe who are now telling the world that Bacon has a LOT of very powerful health benefits that should be openly discussed and announced world wide.
Thank you Dr, Landau! A “10 Snout Salute” & sincere toast of Cheers to you Sir!
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