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Mediterranean A Taste of the Sun in Over 150 Recipes Paperback – January 1, 2001

4.8 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hermes House (January 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843090155
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843090151
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #832,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Ladyfingers TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 4, 2013
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I should know by now not to purchase cookbooks without glancing through them first. Because I extensively use and enjoy another Hermes House cookbook, Cook's Companion, I wondered if the publisher made others of the same high caliber. To my pleasant surprise, they offer many. Online, all the Hermes House book covers look visually inviting. I've been experimenting with Greek cooking, so this particular cookbook called out to me.

At least that's what I thought until the recipes were actually examined. Some are easy to make and taste good, but those are typical Meditteranean classics like focaccia, stuffed vine leaves, and a variety of soups (gazpacho, lentil, bouillabaisse, avgolemono). They can be found anywhere, even for free online. Other recipes require harder to find ingredients, and I'm a bit leery to try them anyway. Some examples--spiced duck with pears, Moroccan pigeon pie, sardine gratin, octopus and red wine stew. Maybe I'm just not as experimental as I thought.

What I dislike most (and probably something others might like) is the size of this cookbook. Cook's Companion is a convenient 8 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches--comparable to a small textbook. This book is 9 x 12 inches--the size of a road atlas. For its smaller size, Cook's Companion offers so much more--over 500 recipes and over 1,500 visually attractive photographs in a 500 page book. The Meditteranean cookbook has only 150 recipes and photographs take up entire pages in this 250 page book. To me it is more like a coffee table book full of eye-appeal. Its awkward size just takes up too much space in the cookbook collection or kitchen counter.
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More than just recipes, this book also includes several sections writing about the region and it's relationship to cooking techniques. Also included are explanations of many ingredients, unique to Mediterranean cooking.
The book is full of scenic Mediterranean pictures and pictures of the food as per recipe. And this is all done in an overall good balance, with respect to the actual recipes.
A hard-core recipe book, it is not. But for someone new to this type of cooking, it is a great primer, that also gives you a little peak into this part of the world.
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Unfortunately the seller from whom we bought this sent all 5 copies wrapped together in brown paper (a _single_ layer of brown paper) and didn't have replacements available when the books inevitably arrived damaged. Which is too bad, because this book makes a great gift (we already have a copy - we were buying all of these to be given as gifts).
Every recipe in this book is delicious and relatively easy to make. For example, the Spanish tortilla (egg and potato omelet) is phenomenal and very simple to make (except for the flipping). However, nothing in this book is low fat, low calorie, low carb, or low anything else. Not to say it's not healthy (as in balanced), but very few of these recipes would be allowed on just about any diet program.
If you like to cook Italian / Spanish / Greek food or know someone who does, then get this book.
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very nice and LARGE book (about 14x9, guessing). It is filled with beautiful color photos of each recipe and clear instructions. It gives an overview of the cuisine of each region and a clear explanation of each ingredient. Don't let the "paperback" status deter you. This is a very sturdy paperback with glossy feel. Grab it before it is gone!
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I grew up with the colors, aromas, and flavors of Southern Europe and this book's recipe recaptures them with colorful recipes of various degrees of difficulty from all over the Mediterranean Region of Southern Europe/Africa/Middle East. It includes middle eastern and Egyptian cuisine, as well as the more widespread Spanish/Italian/Greek recipes. Nice format and layout, and very beautiful pictures, make this book a feast for the eyes...and the palate.
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This is the most gorgeous and enormous cookbook I have ever seen. The recipes require very few ingredients, are easy to follow, and take very little preparation and time. MAGNIFICENT PHOTOGRAPHY TOO AND WHAT A DEAL!!
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