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Mediterranean Street Food: Stories, Soups, Snacks, Sandwiches, Barbecues, Sweets, and More from Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East Paperback – June 27, 2006

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This quirky cookbook features both tasty snacks and more substantial meals, all of them available on the streets of Italy, Turkey and other Mediterranean countries. Helou (CafE Morocco) is a friendly, inquisitive guide who's not afraid to express her own occasional squeamishness about eating on the street, especially in places like Cairo, where diners are expected to use the same spoons, cleaned only with a dunk in questionable water. A fascinating introduction shows a keen understanding of the entire region (Helou herself grew up in Beirut and fondly remembers the Corniche, an area filled with vendors of snacks, sweets and drinks). Recipes are organized by type of food (e.g., soups and sandwiches), and Helou provides a simple formula for arranging them into a traditional meal. Snacks include Farinata, a chickpea flour pancake from Genoa, and Stuffed Mussels from Istanbul, which are filled with rice and then steamed. A chapter on breads and pastries offers Lebanese Thyme Bread and Ramadan Bread with Dates. A few dishes, such as Greek Octopus and Onion Stew, sound like unlikely, albeit delicious, candidates for the eat-and-walk formula. A few more most notably a french fry sandwich from Beirut are just too strange to catch on. But on balance, this covers just the kind of food for which it is often near-impossible to locate a recipe. Desserts (Walnut Pancakes) and drinks (fermented Bulgur Drink) round out this solid collection of both curiosities and serious dining.
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About the Author

Anissa Helou is a writer, journalist, and broadcaster. Born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon, she knows the Mediterranean as only a well-traveled native can. Lebanese Cuisine, her first book, was nominated for the prestigious Andre Simon Award and was named one of the best cookbooks of 1998 by the Los Angeles Times. Mediterranean Street Food was described by the New York Times as "a marvelous book." It won the Gourmand World Cookbook Award 2002 as the best Mediterranean cuisine book in English. Helou lives in London, where she has her own cooking school, Anissa's School. She appears frequently on British television and radio. She has written many articles for the Weekend Financial Times, and has contributed to several other publications including Gourmet, the Chicago Tribune, and the Washington Post. An accomplished photographer and intrepid traveler, Helou is fluent in French and Arabic as well as English.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Cookbooks (June 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060891513
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060891510
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #818,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Janet Stansberry on August 5, 2006
I attended a cooking class in San Antonio with the author, and received the book with the class. Perfect combination of stories, photos and recipes. The recipes she has selected (how did she ever decide!) are well-written, and easily accomplished without spending a fortune on specialty ingredients or investing hours of time (unlike a Paula Wolfert cookbook, which leaves me feeling defeated before I have begun).
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This book has the recipe for the best lamb kabob ever. That alone is worth the price of admission, but the tagines! I was making them in my crock pot and if you are used to watery bland food out of a crock-pot, try these tagines! I am buying it again because I gave my copy to my mom who really enjoyed making focaccia. Basically a huge variety of well researched, flavorful foods.
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In the early 1970's I was in Lebanon. That street food was so excellent. I have forever had the items necessary for making Turkish coffee ever since. I have looked for years and years for the recipe of that morning street bread. So excellent was a real lamb giro sliced right off the holder. But I found this book. I am ashamed to say that I have not taken the time to make anything yet..but of all the recipe books of that area, I can tell that this is the one I have been looking for all the while!
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this is a book for people who traveled and know how those foods look like. Once this done , it is a good and very complete book full of interesting tips and recipes simple to be done, that take you back to those places. And if you don't want to cook just use it as a travel journal and enjoy your rememberings.
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