Couple celebrates homey joys of Middle Eastern cuisine

Tue May 26, 2015 4:30pm EDT
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By Dorene Internicola

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Traditional Middle Eastern home cooking is the shared passion of Israeli-born chefs Itamar Srulovich and Sarit Packer, the husband and wife team behind “Honey & Co.: The Cookbook.”

All 107 recipes stem from the couple’s restaurant Honey & Co in London, which was named Best New Restaurant of 2013 by the Guardian newspaper.

Srulovich, 36, and Packer, 38, spoke to Reuters about their training, their culinary courtship and making the exotic accessible to customers.

Q: Why did you name your restaurant Honey & Co.?

Srulovich: We wanted something that made people think of sweet things. We’re a couple and we called each other honey so that’s how it came to be.

Q: You met over cooking?

Srulovich: We met in a restaurant kitchen. All of the beginning of our relationship was taking each other to our favorite restaurants and cooking each other our favorite dishes.   Continued...

Itamar Srulovich and Sarit Packer (R), authors of "Honey & Co.: The Cookbook." Spring 2013 are shown in this undated London, England handout photo.  REUTERS/Patricia Niven/Handout via Reuters