In Falafel For Breakfast, ingredients are put first and foremost at the centre, opening the door to a greater understanding and appreciation of Middle Eastern cuisine, from tahini and halva to pomegranate and dates. The recipes go from basics like hummus, aioli and falafel; to Persian eggplant risotto; date and dukkah brownies; chocolate and pistachio baklava. Living in multi cultural Sydney, Rantissi has lightened and brightened traditional recipes without ever losing sight of their origins and traditions. As Michael says, 'if my mother knew I was serving falafel for breakfast, and people were loving it, she would be amazed'.
Michael Rantissi grew up in Tel Aviv, watching his Mum cook and feasting on the multi-cultural offerings of his neighbourhood. He trained at Tadmor College Israel then EPI Academy Paris and Culinary Institute of America (CIA) new York. He has worked in London and Sydney, including Le Meridien Piccadilly London and The Regent Sydney. He is now the chef/owner of the Kepos Street Kitchen in Sydney.