Ghazarian draws on personal history and her ancestors culinary traditions to present a basic, solid overview of Armenian cuisine. The author, who is half Armenian and is married to an Armenian man, presents a number of recipes that will be familiar to lovers of Greek, Turkish and other Middle Eastern foods, such as Parsley Salad (Tabouli), Rice-Stuffed Grape Leaves, Lamb Shish-Kebab, Rice Pilaf, and Eggplant with Tahini (Baba Ghanoush). Armenian cuisine, she explains, relies heavily on bulgur (cracked wheat) and lentils, as well as vegetables (especially eggplant) and flatbread, and while this is not a vegetarian cookbook, many dishes are meat-free (when Ghazarian does include meat, its often lamb). Written for the novice and spiked with yarns about Ghazarians childhood and family traditions, this book should make Armenian cooking accessible to any home cook. Helpful notes and introductions accompany each recipe, explaining foods that may be unfamiliar to American cooks, such as quince, Baharat spice and purslane.
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The simple recipes presented here are mostly classics, with a few of the author's own creations. -- Library Journal, August 2004<br /><br />Vegetarian dishes are a staple. They shine in this book. --96.5 KOIT - San FranciscoSee all Editorial Reviews
Bought it for myself, then bought for a friend too... Thank you for making these Armenian cook books available!!Published 3 months ago by A of LA
Many good recipes to choose from. I'm using it as part of my family/friend monthly International Dinner Party.Published 14 months ago by E. Y. Strickler
Again, too basic to be followed with any serious endeavor. Could have been written by anyone. Not really imaginative in any way. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Norman Bissett
It's ok. No pictures. Just some crude sketches. Not much substance. I sold it in a garage sale right after I got it.Published on July 20, 2013 by turk dog
I just picked up this book at our local farmer's market where the author was selling Armenian food to go. Read morePublished on July 11, 2012 by Mallory S.
This book is no different from other Armenian cookbooks that mix Armenian recipes with non-Armenian recipes with little or no differentiation. Some interesting entries...Published on November 20, 2009 by Ara
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