The Top Chef host with a seriously good spice rack.
Q: So…what’s a party at your place like?
Eden: A Middle Eastern spread on the kitchen table, lots of wine, and usually a bunch of kids running around.
Q: How would you sum up your pantry in 2 to 3 words?
Eden: Spices, messy, full
Q: What’s your pantry organization (or disorganization) method?
Eden: I try to keep it organized, but it is not easy! I always bring a bunch of spices back with me when I fly back from Israel, so there is a section in the back of my pantry with big bags of za’atar and sumac.
Q: What items is your pantry incomplete without?
Eden: Tahini paste, preserved lemons, Aleppo pepper, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, turmeric, cardamom, PG tips, coffee, extra virgin olive oil and red wine vinegar.
Q: Your three favorite spices to cook with?
Eden: Cumin, turmeric, and coriander. Oh…and Aleppo pepper.
Q: A few friends come over for dinner, what’s everyone eating and drinking?
Eden: Wine, and a spread of different dips, spreads, condiments, pickles, salads, and fresh bread.
Q: Favorite after after-party snack?
Eden: Probably cookies or pizza. LOL. I’m bad at eating at my own parties, because I’m socializing and always focused on replenishing food and topping up everyone’s glasses.
Q: What has been in your pantry longer than anything else and is probably past its expiration date?
Eden: A can of sardines and anchovies.
Q: How about these delicious cookies, huh?
Eden: I made them while I was recipe testing for my cookbook coming out fall 2020. They are salted halva chocolate chip cookies and I am pretty sure I’ve made the recipe fifteen times.
Q: If your best friend opened your pantry, how would he / she definitely know it’s yours?
Eden: The spice collection. I’ve always had a ton of spices. I also always stock up on tahini paste, Israeli pickles and bamba. The essentials.
Fill in the blank:
If Extra Virgin Olive oil is running low, I am stressing.
I am single-handedly keeping Soom tahini in business.
I will fight to the death to convince anyone that Tel Aviv is better than every other city.
When I’m feeling bougie, I like to snack on fancy cheese, fresh baguette and champagne.