Book on Israel’s Seven Species Wins Prestigious 2015 Gourmand Award

“The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.” (Genesis 1:12)

Fresh on the market and just in time for Tu B’Shevat, the book “The Seven Fruits of the Land of Israel” has just received two prestigious Gourmand Awards for 2015.

The Gourmand Awards celebrate global cookbooks and feature many world renowned chefs annually.

The critically acclaimed book takes readers on a delicious journey of the Holy Land through the Seven Species identified in the Bible as significant to the Land of Israel. The Seven Species are wheat, barley, grapes, dates, figs, olives, pomegranates.

Author Chana Bracha Siegelbaum traces their importance from Biblical times through modern times. She delves into their mystical and medicinal properties, while also offering pages of wholesome recipes.

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Each species is presented in art form with full color photographs, illustrations and paintings. The beauty and bounty of the Land of Israel will enter the kitchen as the author shares nutritious, colorful, and creative recipes such as Wild Winter Wheat Sprout Salad, Raisin Carob Truffles Chocolate Grape Leaves, Quinoa Pomegranate Almond Delight, and Guilt-free Chocolate Mousse Pie.

Siegelbaum has managed to synthesize all these different ideas on the Seven Species into one place. This new book is a spiritual, medicinal and nutritional compendium, filled with enticing recipes, presented as an exquisite work of art.

Chana Bracha Siegelbaum is founder and director of Midreshet B’erot Bat Ayin: Holistic Torah for Women on the Land. She holds a Bachelor of Education in Bible and Jewish Philosophy from Michlala Jerusalem College for Women, and an MA in Jewish History from Touro College.

She creates curricula emphasizing women’s spiritual empowerment through traditional Torah values. Her first book is “Women at the Crossroads: A Woman’s Perspective on the Weekly Torah Portion.” Siegelbaum is a gifted spiritual healer using faith, prayer, and energy work. She has a married son, several granddaughters, and lives with her husband and younger son in Israel.

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