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An Edible Mosaic: Middle Eastern Fare with Extraordinary Flair Hardcover – November 6, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Hardcover with Jacket edition (November 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804842760
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804842761
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 9.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #404,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An Edible Mosaic includes over 100 authentic Middle Eastern recipes, countless beautiful photographs, tips that will make all the difference in your dishes, prep techniques, and very informative explanations on the exotic ingredients and techniques of Mid-East cuisine. The recipes were mostly taught to Faith by her mother-in-law,Sahar. Faith then took that knowledge and demystified the exotic ingredients, tools and techniques and made them very approachable. Even if you are a complete beginner you will feel FaithÆs gentle hand guiding you along the way to creating a successful Middle Eastern dish or feast."—HonestCooking.com

About the Author

Faith Gorsky fell in love with Middle Eastern cuisine when she spent six months living in Damascus. Her Syrian mother-in-law, who happens to be a master cook, was a willing teacher and patient guide. During the past six years, Faith has visited the Middle East four different times, each time expanding her passion and knowledge for both the cuisine and culture of the region. Combining her love for writing and cooking, Faith started her successful and wildly popular food blog, An Edible Mosaic (www.AnEdibleMosaic.com) and in two years has built a following of fans that love both her food and her writing. She cooks, writes and lives in Upstate New York.

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Faith grew up in Upstate New York on classic American fare and it wasn't until after she was married that she had her first experience with the exotic, enticing flavors of authentic Middle Eastern food. It was at that point that she spent six months living in the Middle East, where she discovered not only a love of Middle Eastern food and culture, but also a love of cooking...and luckily, her Syrian mother-in-law, who happens to be a master at Middle Eastern cuisine, was willing to teach her. In the past six years, Faith has been to the Middle East four different times, each time delving deeper into the cuisine and culture of the region and cultivating her passion for Middle Eastern fare.

In addition to her love for cooking, Faith has always been an enthusiastic writer. She went to law school, where she cultivated her writing skills further, and it was after graduating law school that she decided to combine her two passions - cooking and writing - by authoring a food blog, www.AnEdibleMosaic.com.

An Edible Mosaic is a unique compilation of recipes; Faith's favorite things to feature are updated American-inspired dishes and classic international fare. Her recipes range from breakfast to dessert, and everything in between, with emphasis on seasonal dishes. Since she's a home cook writing recipes with the home cook in mind, her recipes have straightforward instructions and focus on easily-accessible ingredients.

An Edible Mosaic has a steadily growing readership. Faith has won several recipe contests and her recipes and tantalizing food photos are regularly featured by other food bloggers and food websites; she's also had the honor of being featured in both local and national cooking magazines, including Cooking Light. Her love for food photography has also blossomed along with her blog; Faith's online photo gallery can be viewed at www.FaithGorsky.com.

Faith currently lives in Upstate New York with her husband Michael.

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Faith's stories are well written and interesting.
Lola's Mom
I haven't had a chance to cook from her cookbook yet, but having followed recipes on her blog I trust that they will work as well as the ones I have tried from there.
foodtoglow
Not only are Faith's recipes incredibly delicious, they are also easy to follow.
Genevieve

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Genevieve on November 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I finally had the pleasure to thumb through this book today, after many long months of waiting! I have followed Faith's blog at [...] since she began writing it. Like her blog, her first cookbook will not disappoint.

Not only are Faith's recipes incredibly delicious, they are also easy to follow. Many of you might think that Middle Eastern cuisine isn't for you, or maybe you think it is just too hard to cook. Well, I'm no master chef myself, but following the recipes in this book might make you feel like one! I have served several of Faith's recipes to my family, and many of them have become popular requests! Lastly, Faith has beautiful pictures for just about every recipe in her book.

I highly recommend this book to any and everyone. Whether or not you are familiar with Middle Eastern cuisine, this cookbook is a must-have for every kitchen!
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Format: Hardcover
When Faith Gorsky married her husband in the Middle East, she was introduced to a cultural and culinary world that would forever change how she experienced food and cooking. After her wedding, Faith spent six months in the Middle East and had the opportunity to learn traditional Middle Eastern dishes from her Syrian mother-in-law. During these cooking lessons, she faced language barriers and the lack of standardized measurements ("a small coffee cup of rice" or "some milk"), but eventually mastered several basic recipes and techniques and started cooking for the extended family.

Faith started her blog "An Edible Mosaic" in 2009 as a place to encourage experimentation in the kitchen and to share the wealth of information she had learned about Middle Eastern cuisine, making what were traditionally orally-transmitted recipes into attainable recipes that American home cooks could attempt. "An Edible Mosaic," like her blog of the same name, is a collection of these homestyle Middle Eastern (particularly Syrian) dishes. One important note is that "An Edible Mosaic" (the cookbook) focuses solely on Middle Eastern cuisine, while "An Edible Mosaic" the blog includes a range of international influences. If you're looking for some of Faith's other recipes, you won't find them here. Also, many of these recipes are new to the cookbook and have not been previously featured on the blog.

Because the book is written from a Syrian perspective, the names of some dishes may be different from the ones you are used to seeing in Middle Eastern cookbooks or restaurants (shakshouka is listed as "juzmuz," basbousa = "harissa," etc.).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lola's Mom on November 27, 2012
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I bought this book because I do follow Faith's blog (which I love...great recipes) and because I grew up eating Middle Eastern food and always love to explore it further. These recipes are authentic remind me so much of how my Mom cooked. What I didn't expect when I bought this book was what a great read it was! Faith's stories are well written and interesting.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By foodtoglow on November 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
After ordering my copy of Faith's book, what seems like ages ago, I finally received it last week. As an avid reader of her rather delicious blog, I was looking forward to having a collection of her blog recipes in one location. But I was pleasantly surprised to see that for the most part these were new recipes, all with beautiful and clear photographs snapped, I believe, by Faith herself. The first part of the book is taken up with necessary advice on the quite specific cooking techniques and tools and ingredients used in MIddle Eastern cooking. All of the tools of the trade are ones you will probably have (with a few exceptions), as are most of the ingredients. This leads into some basic recipes that I can see getting made quite a lot in my house as they seem so versatile - Creamy Garlic Sauce is at the top of my list, as are her two pages of spice mixes that are integral to Middle Eastern cooking. Then it's onto the main event - breads, pies, salads, vegetable and rice dishes, beans and lentils, meats, chicken and fish, as well as drinks and, of course, those sticky lovely Middle Eastern desserts.

I haven't had a chance to cook from her cookbook yet, but having followed recipes on her blog I trust that they will work as well as the ones I have tried from there. Her writing is very clear and personable.

Shrimp In Aromatic Tomato Sauce, Upside Down Rice Casserole (which has lamb and plenty of veg in it, as well as loads of aromatic spices), Zucchini Fritters and Spiced Meat Flat Pies all look restaurant quality, but with hold-your-hand instructions. I look forward to getting my copy well and truly thumbed through and smeared with all manner of spices. Highly recommended. The only problem is now I want to book a flight to the MIddle East!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cheap Ethnic Eatz on November 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Beautiful photos and really great recipes, a very personable book that is a pleasure to read and cook from.

In this cookbook you will find such classics as hummus, kebabs and pistachio drenched sweets. But you will discover a whole plethora of delectable flavors which I hope you will try like tabbouleh, saffron rice, stuffed squash with yogurt sauce, beautiful lamb dishes and scented milk puddings.
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