The hummus route book cover

On the Hummus Route

A utopian journey between cities, people, and dreams, culminating in a collection of recipes, essays, stories, street photography, illustrations, and more.

408 pages, created by an international collaboration of 10 chefs, 5 researchers and philosophers, 16 photographers and illustrators, across 9 Middle Eastern cities.

Authors: Ariel Rosenthal, Orly Peli-Bronshtein, Dan Alexander
Initiator and vision: Ariel Rosenthal
Chief editor, concept, and design: Dan Alexander
Recipes and culinary editor: Orly Peli-Bronshtein
Graphic design, art direction, and print production: Dan Alexander & Co.
Publication: Magica, 2019


“A Palestinian, a Lebanese, and an Israeli walk into a bar…” This is not the beginning of a joke. It is the start of a true story, about how we met in a Parisian bar and set out on a utopian journey between cities, people, and dreams.

This joint journey culminated in this groundbreaking art book/cookbook On the Hummus Route, a one-of-its-kind collection of recipes, stories, essays, street photography, imagery, and much more, brought to you by people who love chickpeas and, like us, see it as the seed of a brighter future.

The book runs across the streets and alleyways of nine Middle Eastern hummus hubs, from Cairo all the way to Damascus via Gaza, Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Nazareth, Jerusalem, Acre, and Beirut, exploring how the chickpea has sustained a synthesis of influences that transcend place and time.


This book is a unique collaboration involving prominent figures in the world of cuisine, joined by academics, photographers, and creatives. It speaks volumes about dipping into the language of food, and savoring the flavors of friendship and shared destiny.

Lineup of contributors
Writers: Dan Alexander, Nof Atamna-Ismaeel, Yosef Baballah, Dr. On Barak, Prof. Liora Gvion, Karim Haidar, Joudie Kalla, Areen Abu-Hmid Kurdi, Itzik Luzon, Farouk Mardam-Bey, Mohammad Orfali, Orly Peli-Bronshtein, Anna-Marie Ravitzki, Claudia Roden, Ariel Rosenthal, Hind Tahboub, Sami Tamimi, Mousa Tawfiq. 

Illustrators and photographers: Anonymous from Damascus, Mohammed Asad, Felipe Romero Beltrán, Josh Berer, Yaron Brener, Charles Constantine, Dr. Yahya Diwer, David Loftus, Felix Lupa, Karim Mostafa, Eilon Paz, Shai Peri, Photo Elia, Avi S. Ravitzki, Nimrod Saunders, Brandon Tauszik.


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