Begin your meal with mezze, derived from the Arabic t'mazza, meaning "to savor in little bites." Try Cevisli Biber (Roasted Pepper and Walnut Paste) spread on warm pita bread. Serve with Salata Horiatiki (Greek Country Salad) and then move on to a main dish of Roast Fish with Lemon and Honeyed Onions or Lamb Tagine with Artichokes and Fava Beans. The cookbook wouldn't be complete without sections on rice, couscous, and bulgur--try Addis Polow (Rice with Lentils and Dates) or Kesksou Bidaoui bel Khodra (Beber Couscous with Seven Vegetables). Finish with a traditional dessert like Orass bi Loz (Almond Balls).
Mixed in with the recipes are Roden's personal experiences as a cook and recipe archivist, and Middle Eastern tales that illustrate the history of a particular recipe or food group. "It was once believed olive oil could cure any illness except the one by which a person was fated to die," Roden writes. "People still believe in its beneficial qualities and sometimes drink it neat when they feel anemic of tired." She also includes a detailed introduction to the terrain, history, politics, and society of the Middle East so her readers can more fully understand why the cuisine has evolved the way it has. "Cooking in the Middle East is deeply traditional and nonintellectual," she says, "an inherited art." It's our good fortune to inherit such a rich tradition. --Dana Van Nest
The book is magnificent. A true gem.
The only reason for 4 stars is that the Kindle version is absolute s**t. The formatting is completely messed up. Read more
The recipes I have tried are great. I also enjoy reading about the history of some of these foods and their origins throughout the world. Read morePublished 3 months ago by rk
A nice addition to my cookbook collection! Yummy recipes!
This vast collection of exhaustively researched recipes, accompanied with informative and often charming historical anecdotes and stories of the author's childhood in Egypt and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jason
Claudia Roden's knowledge of foods of the Middle East is, in this chef's option, among the top of the stack. Ms. Read morePublished 4 months ago by By CJs Pirate
So excited to receive this cookbook as I have wanted it for years! The cover is stunning, and the book itself is beautiful. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kaitlyn White
This is such a beautiful book. No, there are NOT photographs throughout - that seems to have become the norm no with the abundance of food bloggers on the net. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Anelley