Roger Sherman was recently interviewed at the blog Friends Eat about his new documentary, In Search of Israeli Cuisine.

When you start on a project like this, an international documentary, what is the planning like? Where do you begin?

It’s not that different from any film I make. Filmmaking is a collaborative effort; I surround myself with the best people. I begin by looking at what wows me. I’m never an expert on any topic I take on, which allows me to represent the audience. If I knew everything, I wouldn’t know what the audience would be fascinated by. I’m not making a travel film or a cooking show, though there will be elements of each. I’m looking for passionate people who can talk about why food makes a difference in their lives, how traditions have been saved, reinvented, and updated. []

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