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Williams-Sonoma Essentials of Mediterranean Cooking: Authentic recipes from Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, The Middle East, North Africa Hardcover – October 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Series: Williams Sonoma Essentials
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Oxmoor House; 1 edition (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0848732413
  • ISBN-13: 978-0848732417
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 9.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Simple and easy to follow.
S. Hill
I have only tried two or three recipes but think this will turn out to be a good buy.
Penny Wyatt
Recipes are nicely photographed.
Silvergirl

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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Donald Garcia on July 3, 2009
Mediterranean food has had a huge impact on how the rest of the world eats. The previous review had criticized this book for focusing too much on the foods of a few particular countries, but I am sure that Williams-Sonoma did want this book to appeal to the average American consumer. The previous reviewer is correct that there are a lot of Spanish, French, Italian, and Greek recipes in this book but I in no way see that as a bad thing. These are the recipes and ingredients that I am most familiar with, and the foods I cook most of the time. I do realize that there are numerous other cultures and foods that are Mediterrean, and I would love to know how to cook them. Unfortunately, too often when I see recipes that require exotic ingredients or unfamiliar cooking techniques these recipes become "fantasy foods" - foods I would seek out in a restaurant in a big city but not actually cook at home on a regular basis. I would cook almost all of the recipes in this book and that is why I think it is a very good Mediterranean cookbook. Maybe ten years from now there will be numerous Turkish grocery stores and restaurants even in places like New Mexico - and that would be a great thing! And maybe at that time this book will seem ethnocentric and very limited in its scope. But for now I think this cookbook was very well done. The recipes are precise, tasty, and well-photographed like most other Williams-Sonoma cookbooks.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Maria on June 22, 2012
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I love this book. It does really well in the array of countries/regions it covers in the Mediterranean. My family is eastern Mediterranean, and so I am familiar with the meals and techniques used in Syria, Lebanon, and neighboring cultures. In this book there is a great selection of Greek, Turkish, and North African recipes. I will definitely be cooking many of the Moroccan tagines featured here. Additionally, I was impressed with the writer's knowledge of the Persian, Armenian, and Arab influences on Turkish meals.

Something else I love about this volume is the huge selection of Spanish, French, and Italian classic dishes to have in your repertoire. Also listed are compatible wines, intra-country regional specialties, and background information from all over the Mediterranean. I could easily host an appetizer party of Spanish tapas, French hors d'oeuvres, Greek mezes, etc. from this book. What I've tried so far has been outstanding, and so many of the other recipes look outstanding too. Included are recipes for French bouillabaisse, Italian braised and stuffed beef roll (this one definitely wows), Greek calamari-rice salad, Lebanese baked eggplant, Spanish pork tenderloin with figs and sherry, Spanish flatbread with chard and Manchego, and Turkish lamb stew over an eggplant-cheese sauce.

The recipes use healthful ingredients; techniques are not complicated or pretentious. Very happy with this book. Thanks, Williams-Sonoma!
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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Mitzy T on August 14, 2009
My partner and I got this cookbook as a way to start eating the "Mediterranean Diet".

Since then I have bought several copies and given them to family and friends.

I have yet to find a recipe that did not taste absolutely fabulous!! It stays in my kitchen on the bookstand ready to be used at moments notice. The other cookbooks are on the shelf.

Definately recommend this cookbook!!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By S. Hill on January 29, 2013
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I bought this book after a trip to the Mediterranean and a chance to taste lots of authentic cooking.This is a great sampling of the cooking styles and dishes of the area. Simple and easy to follow. No exotic techniques or hard to find ingredients.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ron on March 2, 2013
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After reading all of the great Amazon reviews, I purchased this book. The recipes for the most part aren't something one can whip together after getting home from work, and I found many of the dishes not to be as tasty as those made from recipes found elsewhere.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Camille A. Gebert on July 30, 2010
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I love the history and backgrounds given of the Mediterranean food in this cook book. Recipes are pretty simple to create and DELICIOUS to eat. As far as I see it, this is a Bible for Mediterranean cooking and knowledge.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Silvergirl on December 23, 2011
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Just received this today & used it to make dinner tonight. My husband & I recently started the Mediterranean Diet & this is a great book for that. I especially like that the recipes are divided by country. It's easy to put together a complete meal from the same country. Once you understand the basis for this way of eating & have your pantry stocked with the basic ingredients, you can make almost every recipe in this book. Recipes are nicely photographed. It is a little pricey, but I think well worth the money.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 9, 2011
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I have made several of the recipes from this book and my family has loved them all! I bought this book after deciding to change my families diet to a more Mediterranean way of eating for health and longevity. None of us were big fish eaters, so I was afraid it would never work, but this book as helped us make the change to healthier eating. Don't get me wrong about healthy either the foods are fantastic, rich, and satisfying. Thank you Williams Sonoma, I am a new huge fan!
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