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Arabian Delights: Recipes & Princely Entertaining Ideas from the Arabian Peninsula (Capital Lifestyle Books) Paperback – November 27, 2007


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Product Details

  • Series: Capital Lifestyle Books
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Capital Books (November 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933102551
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933102559
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.9 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,188,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This is a wonderful version of a classic Middle Eastern soup and seems like the perfect dish for a winter night. The original version contained incense, a common practice with slow cooking soups in the region. Pure resins like frankincense are actually safe to eat, and were once used like chewing gum. During cooking, the fragrant scent of the incense rose into the air and mingled with the spice in the food for a delightful effect. This version uses dried lemon and saffron instead of incense. From Arabian Delights; Menus, Recipes and Princely Entertaining Ideas from the Arabian Peninsula (Capital Books 2007) by Amy Riolo, a nationally recognized culinary expert, food writer, and cooking instructor based in the Washington, D.C., area.”


“What we know in America of Arabian food and life is colored by politics, by the local falafel truck, and maybe by ignorance. But with her book on the meals and traditions of Arabian entertaining, Amy Riolo seeks to illuminate a culture and move cooks beyond pita chips and hummus. Riolo has not only gathered recipes, but put them in the context of Arabian life…Riolo has immersed herself in Arab culture, and her recipes, gathered from home cooks and local restaurants, have a taste of authenticity. ..With her similar attention to detail, Riolo opens a window onto a culture that is much with us, but very little understood. And what better place for understanding than over a shared meal.”


“Rest assured that someone who owns dozens of cookbooks will not have anything like this paperback on their shelves. Food historian Riolo, who maintains homes in Germantown and north of Cairo, divulges recipes she acquired in the guest palaces of Mecca, Medina and Jeddah. The food is presented in cultural-culinary menus, with tips and a preparatory timeline for putting on a whole celebratory meal for Eid or Ramadan, or an Arabian dessert party or tea party. That's not to say the recipes can't be appreciated on their own. People who do not drink alcohol are always looking for worthy substitutions, so Riolo's Sunset, Red Sky and Kiwi fruit juice cocktails might work well.”


“Amy is a nationally recognized culinary expert, food writer, and cooking instructor based in the Washington, D.C. area. Amy’s talk was titled ‘Incense and Spice: Entertaining in the Arabian Peninsula.’ She talked about the history of the cuisine of the Arabian Peninsula and how the incense and spice trades impacted…An incense censor and perfumes were passed around the room for all to experience a touch of Arabian hospitality. Amy then spent the next 35 minutes answering many questions from the audience.”


“We had the chicken kebabs from Arabian Delights this weekend. I loved the flavor from the pinch of saffron in the marinade. The aromatic dish was so tasty with such authentic flavor. I also prepared the Sesame Chapati recipe to have with it: delicious.”

“Amy Riolo's book, Arabian Nights, is rich with distinctive, yet easy recipes using readily available ingredients, for both family dinners and elegant events. What is most important to me, is that the book conveys a clear historical perspective of the peoples living on the Arabian Peninsula and the development of their cuisines. Arabian Nights gave me an understanding of Muslims and Islam through its culinary traditions and concepts that I've never had before.”

About the Author

AMY RIOLO is a nationally recognized culinary expert, food writer, and cooking instructor in the Washington, DC area. She is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, Slow Food DC, Culinary Historians of Washington, Baltimore-Alexandria-Luxor Sister City Committee, Cornell Club of Washington, and Welcome to Washington International. She maintains a home in Egypt and travels to the region as often as possible to keep abreast of Arabian culinary trends. This is her first book.

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Amy Riolo is an internationally recognized expert known for fusing the worlds of cuisine, culture, and history in her work. An award - winning author, popular lecturer, food historian, food writer, culinary consultant, and cooking instructor, she was dubbed the "Cook to the Kings" by a Cairo newspaper in 2008.

Her first book, Arabian Delights; Recipes & Princely Entertaining Ideas from the Arabian Peninsula has received rave reviews (Capital Books). Her second book Nile Style; Egyptian Cuisine and Culture (Hippocrene Books) won the World Gourmand Award for "Best Arab Cuisine Book" in the United States in 2009. Her most recent book, The Mediterranean Diabetes Cookbook, (American Diabetes Association) was released in March 2010. Her work also appears in Aliza Green's The Fishmonger's Apprentice and Sheilah Kaufman's Upper Crusts, and The Canola Gourmet.

Amy's popular lectures range in topics and include everything from Middle Eastern business and dining etiquette to the history of all Mediterranean cuisines, and understanding cultures through cuisine.

She has been an invited guest speaker for Georgetown University, The Smithsonian Institution, The National Museum of African Art, The Walters Art Museum, The Kennedy Center, The Textile Museum, The Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt, The Embassy of Yemen, Welcome to Washington International, Montgomery College, Les Dames D'Escoffier, The Culinary Historians of Washington, Montgomery College, The Bibliotecha Alexandrina, The Egyptian Cultural and Education Bureau, The Baltimore-Luxor-Alexandria Sister City Committee and the Mycological Association of Washington, DC.

Amy also makes frequent appearances on numerous television and radio programs both in the United States and abroad including Fox TV, CBS, Montgomery and Fairfax County TV, Nile TV, The Travel Channel, Martha Stewart Living Radio, WHYY, and many others. She also develops recipes, writes content, and hosts instructional cooking videos for Harris Teeter, US Apple Association, and others.
Amy writes freelance articles for Cooking Light Magazine and her work has appeared in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Cornell Alumni Magazine, Popular Anthropology Magazine, and Egyptian newspapers and hundreds of blogs. She is also the author of a blog called Dining with Diplomats (www.diningwithdiplomats.blogspot.com).

A graduate of Cornell University, Amy has experience in vocational, recreational, and children's instruction, as well as corporate team building and cultural/culinary events. Her knowledge of the Italian, French, Spanish, and Arabic languages has enabled her to interpret many cultures and cuisines with intimacy and ease. Her goal is to teach her philosophy of cooking and dining with both pleasure and health in mind. She regularly teaches cooking classes at Sur la Table in Arlington, Virginia, CulinAerie in Washington, DC, and for private organizations and parties.

A successful culinary consultant, Amy enjoys developing menus, recipes, training seminars, and themes for corporations, restaurants, and hotels. Amy is also a Guest Curator for museums where she incorporates sensory components like scent, touch, and taste into exhibits. She also works with curators to create menus and décor which represent the theme of new collections.

Amy is a member of The International Association of Culinary Professionals, Culinary Historians of Washington, Les Dames d'Escoffier (Global Culinary Initiative), Cornell Club of Washington (Restaurant Ser
ies Planning Committee), Baltimore - Luxor - Alexandria Sister City Committee (chairperson), and the World Digital Organization in Luxor, Egypt (Honorary Member). Amy is based in the Washington DC, area and leads culinary tours to both the Mediterranean and Middle East.

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I ordered this book because of my interest in Middle Eastern cooking.
T. Donovan
Ms. Riolo has researched and chosen wonderful recipes to showcase the beautiful lands of Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Yeman & Saudi Arabia.
S. Robinson
My sister has been learning to cook Arabic food and has only found a few recipes online that she can really do perfectly !
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Robinson on January 11, 2008
Format: Paperback
While exploring various books of Middle Eastern Cuisine and history, I came across
Arabian Delights: Recipes & Princely Entertaining Ideas from the Arabian Peninsula (Capital Series) by Amy Riolo, just published in the fall of 2007. What a treasure! This is exactly the kind of book I've been looking for that combines Arabian cuisine with it's rich culinary history. Fabulous food and education all in one!

My passion for exploring foods of the Middle East combined with a thirst for their culinary history (how did the spice trade effect various regions?) is lovingly & authentically represented in this book. Ms. Riolo has researched and chosen wonderful recipes to showcase the beautiful lands of Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Yeman & Saudi Arabia. These recipes come alive and you can almost smell the delicious array of delicacies represented between these pages. My kitchen will be smelling so good soon!

Sections include: A History of Arabian Cuisine, Regional Differences in Arabian Cuisine, Tips to Remember When Entertaining and more. Ms. Riolo has given us another gift by showcasing these recipes via the different feasts/celebrations where they would be traditionally eaten. Wonder what to serve your guests for a Ramadan Breakfast or Dinner? How about the celebratory foods for an Eid feast? Want to delight your children with an Arabian Tea Party or Pearl Diving Party?

Living & growing up in America, many of us remember the traditional foods our families served at Easter, 4th of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah & more. We can even smell them. The same applies to other countries as well.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. Donovan on December 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
I ordered this book because of my interest in Middle Eastern cooking. With its focus on Gulf Arab cooking, this is a rare collection of recipes. The author's knowledge of and deep affection for the cultures of the Middle East shine through on every page.

This book makes an excellent read simply for its cultural content. The recipes are presented in menu format; the author provides a timetable which seems very helpful for each menu. Even for preparing only one recipe, there are explicit instructions on what can be prepared in advance, and what steps must be prepared in advance (marinating etc). This book contains many recipes that I have not seen in any other cookbook (and I have quite a collection!).

Purists may protest, but I love the recipes where the author has incorporated "convenience" foods like crescent roll dough or pull-apart biscuit dough. I have tried many recipes and I have had delicious results. Particular stand-outs so far are the Fish in Saffron Bechamel Sauce (which I made with catfish nuggets), Mini Lamb Pitas (which I prepared with thin-sliced beef), Zucchini with Tahini Dressing, and Croissants with Wild Thyme. The Fish in Saffron Bechamel is one of the best dishes I have ever eaten.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tom P on September 9, 2009
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I bought Arabian Delights to expand my culinary horizons. My favorite cookbooks are the ones that tell stories and this one didn't disappoint! The author tells many stories about her experiences and gives the background behind each "menu" - all very entertaining. My experience with cooking middle eastern food was nil until trying these easy to follow recipes - everything tried has been delicious and fun to make. Ive really enjoyed the subtle new flavors that these dishes bring to the table. Glad Arabian Delights is on my cookbook shelf !!!
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