As a co-founder and chief editor of Al Hashulchan, the leading Israeli culinary magazine, Janna Gur has been on the cutting edge of food trends in Israel for over 20 years and was privileged to follow and document the incredible renaissance of the local culinary scene.
Since she authored "The Book of New Israeli Food" in 2008 she has been touring and lecturing extensively both in Israel and abroad.
A dynamic and charismatic speaker, Janna supplements her lectures with beautiful visual presentations.
Among past speaking venues: North America: Google headquarters, the Culinary Institute of America, Jewish Community Centers, university campuses, embassies, private homes. Israel: Foreign ministry cadets courses, tourists, mass media students, Birthright missions, JFNA and Bonds Missions, private culinary missions. Other: Jewish communities in various European countries, Jewish Culture Festival in Cracow.
Janna’s Speaking Topics Include:
• THE ISRAELI DOZEN– THE AMAZING STORY OF ISRAELI FOOD FROM BIBLICAL TO MODERN TIMES THROUGH 12 DISHES AND INGREDIENTS
Why do Israelis eat salad for breakfast? What is the most popular street snack in Israel? Who invented Israeli Couscous? These and other stories are featured in this entertaining and informative presentation that unveils the story of one of the most unique food cultures in the world.
• TEL AVIV: 100 YEARS OF CULINARY HISTORY
Ranked "Number 3" by Lonely Planet in their Top 10 Cities for 2011, Tel Aviv has emerged as one of the most exciting destinations on the Mediterranean. Now more than ever before, Tel Aviv has become a hotspot for its culinary culture with a restaurant scene on par with leading European capitals.
As one of Israel's leading food experts, Janna gives the inside scoop on how Tel Aviv's cuisine has evolved, and offers her personal insider recommendations on where to shop, eat, hang out and enjoy.
• AN INSIDER’S GUIDE TO EATING IN ISRAEL: VIRTUAL
Dairy farms, boutique wineries, secret hummus joints, farmers markets, artisanal producers and of course, an insider's top picks for Israel's BEST restaurants and cafes. A MUST FOR FOOD LOVERS!
• JEWISH FOOD: TRACING THE PAST AND THE FUTURE
The amazing story of Jewish food throughout the ages and across the globe with an emphasis on how Jewish cuisines have evolved and adapted to different lands and cultures - and a forecast of what the future entails.
• COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS
HEALTHY COOKING, ISRAELI STYLE – A CELEBRATION OF LIGHT, WHOLESOME VEGETABLE-BASED DISHES FROM THE ONLY NATION ON THE PLANET THAT EATS SALAD FOR BREAKFAST.
• CULINARY TOURS
Janna Gur is frequently asked to consult in creating itineraries for culinary missions in Israel. She also leads culinary tours in Tel Aviv and Jaffa.
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Janna Gur speaks to American food writers about Israeli Food at "Barabounia" Restaurant in NYC (Photo: Shahar Azran)