Le recipe but it was worth the few days I ve spent reading The food issue of the New Yorker had a profile of Claudia Roden which led me to head to go out and get a library card I was happy to discover that Arabesue wasn t checked out So far I ve tried two thingsa tomato spread from the Morocco section and baba ganoush which I think was in the Lebanese section Both turned out well I will say that I have never seen a cookbook with so many recipes that use ggplants I just wish I d read this arlier in the summer when there were tons of them at the local farmer s market I plan to keep trying recipes although I #SUSPECT I LL MOSTLY STICK WITH #I ll mostly stick with mezze kinda like tapas rather than the main courses uite a nice collection of recipes from Turkish Moroccan and Middle Eastern cuisines Our favorites are in the dessert section The pistachio cake was worth the price of the book Such a beautiful book I ve made a few recipes from this and mostly they ve turned out well Her method for making couscous results in the fluffiest tastiest couscous ver I picked up this book at the library for the Lebanese recipes but I had to renew it in order to try some of the Moroccan and Turkish dishes too Many of these recipes are simple and uickly made and there are lots of great salads and vegetable dishes There are some hard to find specialty ingredients such as sumac or preserved lemon Substitutions are suggested but I think it is worth locating the recommended ingredients I ve started using pomegranate molasses in so many non Lebanese dishes that I wonder how I managed without it for so longUnfortunately no nutritional information is published with the recipes Maybe that is why some dishes have than two tablespoons of olive oil in a serving Since I m on a reduced calorie diet I in a serving Since I m on a reduced calorie diet I pleased to find that most of the recipes I tried weren t spoiled by using half or ven a uarter as much oil as recommendedThere are many foods traditionally served cold which means this is a good book in which to find recipes for packed lunches. IngsFrom Lebanon a cuisine of great diversity a wide variety of mezze those tempting appetizers that can make a meal all on their own; dishes featuring sun drenched Middle Eastern vegetables and dried legumes; and national specialties such as kibbeh meatballs with pine nuts and lamb shanks with yogurtClaudia Roden knows this part of the world so intimately that we delight in being in such good hands as she translates the subtle play of flavors and simple cooking techniues to our own home kitche. .
I have very mixed feelings about this book On one hand it is #uite pretty modern looking a simple introduction to these 3 cuisines and there #pretty modern looking a simple introduction to these 3 cuisines and there a few recipes in here I mean to try On the other hand it is so much weaker than her The New Book of Middle Eastern Food It s
a summary of New Book of Middle Eastern Food for Dummies but with prettier styling and great photos And not only that but Ms Roden s conversational style here can get a bit annoying if you are one of those people who reads cookbooks cover to cover I do I admit if not too large and always with skimming when i feel like it But I like to go over a cookbook cover to cover That is how I get ideas and techniues There was this dinner with these people here or this vent here and that is repeated so very often it s not ven really personal it just seems so trivial and not inducing to great trust that the writer is very familiar with the cuisine she is writing about and I prefer to hear about history details or medieval tales in The New Book of Middle Eastern Food I ve only checked it out from the library and didn t get to cook much from it but the Chicken with Caramelized Baby Onions and Pears is delicious The country introductions seemed pretty thorough and interesting as well This is a solid introduction to these cuisines but I overall found this cookbook a little basic meat reliant and wordy Claudia Roden has been my mentor for 40 years Her Book of Middle Eastern Food has been my primary culinary resource and I have dissicated through over use a copy of the book for ach of those decades Her other books are OK but always useful The Lady in Pink esp her culinary tour of Italy This one however fills a niche Roden is primarily a cultural anthropologist who deploys recipes as artefacts To call her work cookbooks is both a misnomer and to sell them short They are studies of food in the context of peoples lives andnvironment their traditions and their historyI wanted a discussion on Turkish food my current passion and Roden delivers with her usual. In the 1960s Claudia Roden introduced Americans to a new world of tastes in her classic A Book of Middle Eastern Food Now in her Eyes enchanting new book Arabesue she revisits the three countries with the mostxciting cuisines today Morocco Turkey and Lebanon Interweaving history stories and her own observations she gives us 150 of the most delectable recipes some of them new discoveries some reworkings of classic dishes all of them made ven accessible and delicious for today’s home cookFrom Mor. ,Like A Summary Of
Flare for a well placed anecdote Her Book of Middle Eastern Food is weak on both Lebanon and Turkey This failing is made up for in this book What she writes about Turkey the demographic shift the culinary traditions and the cultural pretences makes
lot of culinary in the light of what may be offered in your locale The conundrum of Istanbul tucker begins to unravel as she gives you a sense of regional cuisineAnd folks thats where the good stuff lives a rich and varied platter indeed that has only been bought to the metropolis over the last fifty years For those into Lebanese or Turkish food this book is an ssential reference This book provides an Sinner's Heart excellent introduction to the world of MediterraneanME cuisine Roden isxtremely precise in the language she has chosen to xplain ach recipe yet the details are never so pedantic that they take away from the taste and texture of Spirit of the Wolf each ingredient She also includes bits and pieces of information about culinary history traditions and practices inach area The book contains several beautiful photographs of different dishes my mouth watered than once while trying to decide which recipe to attemptThe book is divided into three parts A Vineyard Christmas each dedicated to one of the title countries and further divided into starterappetizer main course and dessert sections Roden gives the traditional recipe as well as useful information on regional varieties thus the Lebanese knafe isuated with the Greek kataifi Een Bijzondere Vorm Van Osteosclerose etc Another bonus in the book she readily suggests substitutions for particular ingredients that might be difficult to find outside of areas with a large influx of people of MedME descent I found this particularly useful as I would otherwise have had to order some of these things onlineAll in all a great cookbook by any measure butspecially #for those who have an interest in MedME cuisine This is #those who have an interest in MedME cuisine This is than a cookbook More ven than culinary history It is a gorgeous book with a history geography and anthropology section for ach country I may not recreate a sing. Occo the most xuisite and refined cuisine of North Africa couscous dishes; multilayered pies; delicately flavored tagines; ways of marrying meat poultry or fish with fruit to create xtraordinary combinations of spicy savory and sweetFrom Turkey a highly sophisticated cuisine that dates back to the Ottoman Empire yet reflects many new influences today a delicious array of kebabs fillo pies ggplant dishes in many guises bulgur and chickpea salads stuffed grape leaves and peppers and sweet pudd.A Lot Of Culinary