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Nile Style: Egyptian Cuisine and Culture: Ancient Festivals, Significant Ceremonies, and Modern Celebrations (Hippocrene Cookbook Library) Hardcover – March 28, 2009

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Home cooks of all stripes are sure to savor Riolo s fresh yet authentic approach to Middle Eastern food. --Tim Cebula, Associate Food Editor, Cooking Light

. . . an excellent job of portraying the Egyptian culture through its cuisine. --Dr. Maha K. Mahmoud, Embassy of Egypt Cultural and Educational Bureau

--Dr. Maha K. Mahmoud, Embassy of Egypt Cultural and Educational Bureau

. . . an excellent job of portraying the Egyptian culture through its cuisine. --Dr. Maha K. Mahmoud, Embassy of Egypt Cultural and Educational Bureau --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Amy Riolo is an internationally recognized award-winning author, educator, consultant, and culinary personality. She is author of Arabian Delights (2007) and The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook (2010). Riolo has lectured and worked as a chef and restaurant consultant in Egypt where she was dubbed The Cook to the Kings by a Cairo newspaper in 2008. She resides in the Washington, D.C. area and also maintains a home in Egypt. Visit her at amyriolo.com and diningwithdiplomats.blogspot.com. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Hippocrene Cookbook Library
  • Hardcover: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Hippocrene Books (March 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781812216
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781812214
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,607,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've been married to an Egyptian guy for 8 years--and ever since, I've been searching out Egyptian and Middle Eastern cookbooks. I have all of the main Egyptian ones, including Claudia Roden's "New Book of Middle Eastern Food", Samia Abdennour's "Egyptian Cooking", Sally Elias Hanna's "Dining on the Nile", Collette Rossant's "Memories of a Lost Egypt," and Magda Medhwany's "My Egyptian Grandmother's Kitchen."

The recipes in "Nile Style" are easy and accessible to the average American--yet they are pretty much authentic. I wondered from the description if I'd be receiving ancient, but unpalatable, recipes--but that's not the case. All of the recipes here are used by Modern Egyptians--and are still very much a part of every day Egyptian cuisine. What I liked about Amy's book in particular was that she offers some things I haven't seen in others--such as the drink recipes (basically layering different fruit nectars) as well as the restaurant recommendations for not only Cairo, but also Alexandria and Luxor. She also includes recipes from Southern Egypt which is typically ignored in most other cookbooks which focus on mainly Cairo, with some fish recipes from Alexandria. I also learned about the dessert truffles, which I had never heard about.

Her recipe for aish baladi is the best I've found. I couldn't find the unprocessed bran in my local stores, so I substituted toasted wheat germ (cereal aisle) and it worked very well. She includes the Egyptian-home style favorite "macarona bechamel"--which is similar to Greek pastito. The Egyptians I know use a typical French bechamel when making it, but I liked learning Amy's approach which mixes chicken/beef stock with the milk. It makes a very rich meal, slightly lighter.
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I'm an American that has been married to an Egyptian/Armenian for 30 years, and I can tell you these recipes are the Real McCoy. If you've never tried Middle Eastern cooking, this is an excellent starting point. Different and delicious, I make them all the time in rotation along with meat loaf and mac and cheese. And the recipes are fairly simple with almost everything available at your local market. Give it a try!
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This book provides a wealth of culinary history along with tantalizing recipes, allowing the reader to understand the context of each dish. The author, Amy Riolo, has traveled extensively in Egypt, and she includes excerpts of her experiences in the book. As a result, Nile Style is fun to read as travel literature as well as a cookbook. With the home cook in mind, Amy has a adapted the recipes for easy after-work cooking. I especially enjoyed learning about and cooking with exotic ingredients like orange blossom water, molokhiya, and baby okra.
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I was very pleased to finally find a cooking book for Egyptan Cuisine that wasn't just repackaged regional recipees, although many of the favorite dishes of Egypt are from the region and are included here.

The recipees are fairly straight forward, and preceded by a one paragraph snapshot of the culture, festivals or ingredients.

The name of each item in local egyptian dialect is also provided under the common english term. That's helpful when asking a friend to make it for you or share their family culture.

There are a few color photos in the center and a few B&W dishes, but many of the entries had sufficient white space to have a sketch of the food, which would have been appreciated.

If you are a festive person, you'll love how the book centers around different regions or festivals of the calendar years, and this helps when planning a seasonal-appropriate dinner party. However if you want five cookie recipees, you will have to forage through many sections to find them all.
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I have had the opportunity to be a regular subscriber of Amy Riolo's monthly cuisine newsletter. Egypt despite recent happenings is still a fascinating country and a culture handed down from the ancient Egyptian Civilization. Amy tells a story in this book. Along with easy to make recipes, you learn about the place in the culture these dishes have. As you go East the similarity in the food is striking. It is as if the ancient civilizations had a quick way to spread cultural and relevant cuisine information from travelers and explorers. Cookbooks like Amy's Nile Style are not a one time read. This book should form part of your kitchen Dining room library as you plan your weekend ( Not saying weekday's excluded) home cooked meal or a future party. My eyes are set next on the Mediterranean Diabetes book by Amy Riolo.
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I downloaded this recipe book when it was a freebie. I didn't really expect much, and had no real experience with Egyptian or middle eastern cuisine beyond, say, hummus. But the book was interesting to read and I was pleasantly surprised by how accessible (and delicious-hey-I-might-actually-cook-this) the recipes seemed (and how many recipes it included). I had a chance to cook the 'Macarona Bechamel' recipe this weekend and it was a total success. I chose it because it was similar to the Greek version of pastisto. Based on how perfectly that recipe came out I am even more eager to try more. If you like to cook and want to try something new (and recipes that have easily obtainable ingredients and clear instructions) then this cookbook is worth purchasing
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