Gil Hovav (1962), Israel’s leading culinary journalist and television personality, comes from one of the most respected lineages in the Jewish world: he is the great-grandson of Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, the reviver of the Hebrew language; the grandson of Itamar Ben-Avi, who began modern Hebrew journalism; and the son of Moshe & Drora Hovav, “founding members” of Israel’s modern day public radio.
Gil himself, with his illustrious career in journalism, publishing, television and as an author, has played a major role in the revival of Israeli cuisine and the change Israel has undergone in recent years, from a country of basic traditional foods into a “gourmet nation”. As an author, Gil has published three best-selling novels, all related in different ways, to his family’s colourful history, exposing with humour and emotion a Jerusalem of his childhood that no longer exists. The fourth, titled ‘Twenty Four Doors’, was published in April 2015 and hit the top of the national bestseller list.
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