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Artichoke to Za'atar: Modern Middle Eastern Food Hardcover – March 1, 2008
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"Again and again, this elegantly photographed book makes good on its promise to challenge outdated notions of Middle Eastern cuisine."--"Saveur"
"Some of the highest quality prose to be found in cookery books."--"Foreword Magazine"
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That claim may seem a bit overblown, but just try the dried apricot and sherry cardamom ice cream, and you'll quickly realize that this is not a compendium of one's grandmother's old village recipes. This is a book that shows how cuisine is born in the mixing of the old and he new, the traditional and the foriegn. How refreshing to find a bood of middle-eastern cooking that isn't afraid to deploy pork or rabbit! Shukran!
Preserved lemon guacamole with smoked eel, salmon kibeh, watercress tabouleh, barbequed squid in a hot Yemeni relish, grilled haloumi endive salad, etc. etc. etc. What makes the recipes work is the way in which each extends the core idea of traditional recipe by borrowing from something outside of any traditional Arab cuisine. For example, by taking simple tabouleh and adapting it for watercress you come to realize just how parsley works in the original in a way that you never would by just making up a batch of the traditional fare.
In addition to the recipes the book features a number of descriptions of the place of various key ingredients in arab cuisines: their history, their raison d'etre, and their most commmon uses. Having a chapter on rosewater is really very helpful when you find yourself with a bottle of it and would like to put it so some use beyond scenting baklawa.Read more ›
I would list all of the recipes for you if I could. I have not yet made the very simple Arab Pancakes with Fresh Mangoes and Orange-Blossom Clotted Cream, because I am contemplating waiting for the divine Mangoes of Summer Mango season. The Spicy Prawn and Mussel Tagine made my eyes rollback! The most difficult aspect of this book is that every recipe is more tempting than the one before so it is hard to decide on any one dish because of the sense of longing for all the others! One almost is tempted to close one's eyes, flip the pages and point, to pick the recipe for the day. IMO, the cookbook is that good. I have shared recipes too, and everyone has loved the recipes!
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What a delightful cookbook!
ok, ok, I know I'm late to the game, this was published on '06 I think.
but a friend just directed me to this cookbook a while ago. Read more
Printed on matt paper photos were dull & non inviting even though it had 5 * rating i found it very hard to read as the text was so small. Read morePublished on June 3, 2011 by A. Streeter