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The Arab Table: Recipes and Culinary Traditions Hardcover – September 6, 2005
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About the Author
May Shakhashir Bsisu is a resident of Cincinnati, Ohio. May has lived, eaten, and cooked in many parts of the world; however, paramount in her cooking, writing, and teaching is the authentic "old country" food of her Palestinian heritage. Today, both as a culinary professional and as an Arab-American woman, she has dedicated herself to preserving and teaching this healthful and delicious cuisine in the United States. She is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, Women Chefs & Restaurateurs, and Chefs Collaborative.
Top Customer Reviews
May Bsisu has done a splendid job, backed by all her friends and family, in giving us the pure basics of classic Middle Eastern fare. These are the recipes of dishes which are recognizable to the world at large. They are especially conducive to home kitchens, and are clear, easy to follow, and tantalizing. After you get started on these recipes, you may find yourself - as I did - at the outset making this cuisine a few times a week, rather than in a month, to savor all the riches of flavors, textures and colors.
In addition, Ms. Bsisu provides an excellent glossary, explanation of ingredients, and, as well, sources to obtain some of these, if there aren't any suitable markets in your area.
Best of all, though, in keeping with the generosity of spirit, there are histories, anecdotes, and background information about all that which surrounds the illustrious history of Middle Eastern cookery and traditions; therefore it makes a terrific reading companion as well. The author invites us (delightfully so) into her own family and her inheritance of their traditions. Laudably, Ms. Bsisu keeps these facts and lore to the basics, providing just enough details to both inform and entertain.Read more ›
It focuses mainly on the "bladi al sham" kitchen, which encompasses cuisines of Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt.
Thus, if you are looking for a variety of moroccan/algerian/tunesian dishes, you probably should buy "Moroccan Cooking" by Alia Al-Kasimi.
DO NOT BUY this book, if this is your FIRST ARAB COOKING BOOK or if you haven'T eaten arabic food very often before.
For this, it really just lacks pictures and it is difficult to imagine how the dish would taste or how it should look like at the end.
AND DEFINITELY BUY THIS BOOK, if you have lived in the middle east for a while and are familiar with many dishes.......
....if you are an Arab American !! (this book is pretty much a MUST!!)
....or if you are Israeli/Jewish American!!! (also a must, since the kitchen is so similar, if not the same)
....or if you visited jewish/arab restaurants a lot before....or you have many arab/israeli friends.
....or if you have an Arab or Jewish husband/wife for whom you wanna cook (MUST!!!)
I have already about 9 different middle eastern cooking dishes in different languages from authors of different countries.
4 Turkish (whose cuisine is also very similar in many ways) and 4 Lebanese/Palestinian and 1 Moroccan.)
And let me be honest,
this is by far the most comprehensive !!
There are others, which are very authentic too.
But this one has basically EVERY (!!!) arab dish that you will encounter.
And this is perhaps also why it does not include too many pictures.
It is simply too comprehensive to put a picture to each recipe.
It already has about 400 pages.Read more ›
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One of the best middle eastern cuisine cook books I have ever encountered. A must have for those who wish to learn how to cook this type of foodPublished 11 months ago by Patricia Torrez
This is a beautiful cookbook. It has many wonderful recipes & lots of good information.Published 16 months ago by Stacy Moore
The beginning of the cook book details her life and experiences with different foods. I am more drawn to books with photo examples of the food. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Waka Waka
I love Middle Eastern food and am always trying to re-create dishes I tasted while traveling in the region and this book meets my expectations and then some. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Kayla