Sarit Packer has been cooking and baking since she was five, trained at Butlers Wharf and at the Orrery under Chris Galvin, where she learned, amongst other things, to make Pate de fruit, which was her sole ambition in life. In her spare time she sleeps. Married quite happily to Itamar Srulovich but keeps her maiden name for obvious reasons.
Itamar Srulovich Born and raised in Jerusalem. Cooking since the age of five and leaving a great mess in the kitchen ever since, trained on the job in various places in Tel-Aviv. He prefers eating to cooking and sleeping to both, he is very happily married.
'Honey & Co is our first solo project. 12 years in the making, it is a labour of nothing but love and an extension of our home. The food we cook is the food we grew up on and also the food we grew to love, our moms’ and aunties’ food, the street food we always crave, the food we tried at our friends’ houses, sometimes, things we only heard about or imagined, and most of all, the things we miss from our childhood.'
Since opening in 2012, tiny Fitzrovia restaurant Honey & Co has quickly become one of London’s most talked about, most favoured dining destinations, wowing customers and critics alike. Husband and wife team Itamar Srulovich and Sarit Packer (the ‘Honey’ in Honey & Co) have a wealth of experience between them and cook homely, fragrant, delicious Middle Eastern food packed with vibrant flavour and sparkling with jewel-like colours.
About their book, Honey & Co: Food from the Middle East;
‘The friendly yet knowledgeable vibe of the restaurant glows from the pages. It’s packed with mouth-watering recipes: pickles, salads, slow-cooked stews and show-stopping puds. This is a book to treasure.’ INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
‘The recipes are as reliable, imaginative and savoury as you’d hope from Ottolenghi alumni, but the other big draw is the narrative…as good a read as it is a meal primer. Read it from cover to cover, but see if you aren’t immediately tempted into the kitchen by page one.’ GUARDIAN
Homely, fragrant and big-hearted food from the award-winning kitchen of Honey & Co Best Newcomer in the Observer Food Monthly Awards 2013
‘As convivial and vibrant as their restaurant’ OLIVE
HONEY & CO: FOOD FROM THE MIDDLE EAST is their much-anticipated first cookbook – packed with fresh fruit and vegetables, wild honey, big bunches of herbs, smoky lamb, bread straight from the oven, old-fashioned stews, Middle Eastern traditions, falafel, dips, and plenty of tahini on everything.
Capturing the conviviality of the restaurant in the photographs by Patricia Niven, HONEY & CO: FOOD FROM THE MIDDLE EAST offers comfort, warmth and imaginative food at any time of the day.
HONEY & CO Food from the Middle East
Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich
Saltyard Books - £25
Itamar Srulovich was most recently head chef at Ottolenghi, while Sarit Packer was both head of pastry at Ottolenghi and executive chef at Nopi. They first met ten years ago in a restaurant kitchen in Israel.
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LOOK OUT FOR THE HONEY & CO BAKING BOOK PUBLISHING IN JULY 2015!