Sara’s guest Einat Admony of New York’s Balaboosta has legions of fans for her Israeli/Mediterranean cuisine and she’s bringing it to our kitchen with a traditional Sinaya, sort of a Middle Eastern Shepard’s Pie. We’ll discover more about Einat’s fascinating background, including a stint in the Israeli Army. And, one of Sara’s favorites – Falafel Salad.
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Einat Admony is chef and owner of Balaboosta, Bar Bolonat, and the Taïm restaurants in New York City and author of Balaboosta: Bold Mediterranean Recipes to Feed the People You Love.
Her life has been an adventure. After growing up outside Tel Aviv, she secured illicit rations for her kitchen as a cook in the Israeli Army, walked away from college after two months, traipsed around Germany as a gypsy, then packed up her life to move to New York and work at “a million venerable kitchens around the city,” according to The New Yorker.
Then things got interesting. Inspired by the street food of her native Tel Aviv, Einat opened the falafel joint Taïm (tay’·eem) in Manhattan’s West Village in 2005. In 2010, she launched Balaboosta in Nolita where the manner of cooking is not so much Middle Eastern as Mediterranean. Her most recent venture is Bar Bolonat, a West Village eatery focused on modern Israeli cuisine, opened to rave reviews in late March 2014. Einat is married to Stefan Nafziger. Together they own and operate Balaboosta, Bar Bolonat, and Taïm. They live in Brooklyn with their two young children, Liam and Mika.
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