"Know that love is transmitted through the stomach."
- Samaritan Proverb
The first-ever Samaritan Cookbook brings you on an adventure into the little-known world of Samaritan food and drink. We journey to both halves of the community: in Holon, outside Tel Aviv; and Kiryat Luza, on the footsteps of Mount Gerizim, near Nablus.
Most people have heard the Parable of the Good Samaritan, but few realize that the community is once again going strong today — much less tasted or prepared any of their cuisine. Despite almost fading from the history books, the Samaritan way of life has survived 3,000 years in the Holy Land. They are the keepers of an extraordinarily old culture, despite millennia of hardship.
From hummus and avocado sesame dip to lamb meatballs with pine nuts and chicken with za'atar, the dishes are a unique blend of Mediterranean traditions, reflecting the flavors and spices of contemporary Arabic and ancient Levantine neighbors.
Our unique story is that the cuisine is healthy food bringing many peoples together, especially Palestinians and Israelis. Whether Muslim or Christian, Jewish or Samaritan, these dishes unite all those who indulge!