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Alice's Kitchen; Traditional Lebanese Cooking Paperback – December 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Linda Sawaya Design; Rev Upd edition (December 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966049225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966049220
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #711,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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. . . generous serving of pride, affection, and kitchen wisdom. . .a family cookbook that has evoked heartfelt responses from readers for years. . . --Saudi Aramco World, Sept./Oct. 2005

. . .elegant, utterly delicious tributeto Arabic food, memory, precious family flavors we savor all our lives-I adore Linda's cookbook! --Naomi Shihab Nye, author

. . .Arab-American writers. . . reexamining lives of their remarkably determined ancestors. AK is both cookbook and part of this literature. . . --Charles Perry, LA Times, Aug. 18, 1999

About the Author

Linda Dalal Sawaya is an artist and author who paints and cooks in Portland, Oregon. Her artist mother, Alice, now 95, still cooks Sunday dinner and makes art and jewelry in California. She continues to remind us, "If you make it with love, it will be delicious!", which is the mantra of the cookbook and for a recipe for a life happily lived.

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 22, 2006
"Having a garden and eating foods in season is our inherited ancestral tradition of living gently on the earth, using its resources respectfully, and preparing and sharing food with love. Food, of course, is a central part of Lebanese culture." ~Linda Dalal Sawaya

Linda Dalal Sawaya presents a cookbook with a beautiful warm personality, filled with recipes for: Appetizers, Cheese, Yogurt, Butter, Sauces, Soups, Salads, Lamb, Chicken, Fish, Vegetarian Entrees, Vegetables, Beans, Grains, Breads, Sweets, Preserves, Beverages, Herbs, Spices and Fragrant Waters.

Sample Recipes:

Fig Jam with Aniseed and Walnuts
Spinach Pies
Stuffed Grape Leaves with Lamb and Rice
Savory Pastry or Meat Pies
Lemony Lentil Soup with Chard
Turkish Coffee
Rose Water Pudding
Filo Cheescake with Orange Blossom Water
Baklava
Sesame Cookies

Alice's Kitchen is a world of Lebanese cooking that gives insight into how life was lived in Lebanon and how a family adapted to buying ingredients in America while living in California. Linda Dalal Sawaya tells the story with humor and we learn about how her family maintained their traditions despite a variety of obstacles.

"Dear, if you make it with love, it will be delicious." ~ Mother Alice

Each recipe is set out in a way that is easy to follow with step-by-step instructions and plenty of pictures throughout to keep you entertained. The pictures and the family stories make this book collectible and the recipes bring the warmth of Lebanese cooking into your home in a way that is very accessible. The ingredients include spices and herbs like parsley, paprika, cinnamon and allspice. Lemon juice and olive oil are used throughout the recipes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on June 21, 2010
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Linda Sawaya's book, Alices Kitchen, is warm and wonderful with excellent recipes for all seasons.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Heaton on October 4, 2013
Having grown up in a home redolent with the scents of allspice, simmering grape leaf rolls, baking koosa and myriad other Mediterranean wonders (all created by a doting Lebanese grandmother), I find the flavors of Arabic food soul-soothing. It would be blasphemy in my family to hint anyone's cooking is as good as Nana's used to be, but Linda Dalal Sawaya's recipes are pretty darn close. I've tried several; they are just delicious and more like the food I remember than most other cookbooks I've tried. These recipes have a big advantage over my Nana's too - they are actually written down! Oh, and the stories! I will forever be grateful for the glimpse of a Lebanon so different from what I see on the news. Overall, this has become more like a family recipe treasury than just some random cookbook, and for that I owe the author a hearty "Thank you".
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