African and Middle Eastern Cookbook
A fascinating journey through rich and diverse cuisines; the culinary history, the ingredients, the techniques and over 150 authentic dishes
Author: Josephine Bacon and Jenni Fleetwood
Publisher/Date: Hermes House (c. 2014)
Format/Condition: New paperback book with French flaps in Fine condition. 256 pages, index. Dimensions: 6 1/2 8 3/4 inches. Profusely illustrated with over 700 color photographs.
Description: This cookbook is a wonderful collection of 150 delicious recipes from all over Africa and the Middle East, which captures the authentic flavors of a fascinating and undiscovered culinary region. The book takes you on a cook's grand tour of the hidden classics of Lebanon, Iran, Turkey, Syria, Egypt, Morocco, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique. It contains an authoritative introduction covering the traditions and ingredients of the regions, with advice on obtaining and using the spices and flavorings.
The cookbook features enticing dishes for all palates and for every occasion, from fabulous mezze starters, sizzling meat dishes and tangy fish curries to a dazzling array of vegetable dishes and salads, and exotic sweets and desserts. Recipes include classic appetizers such as Fattoush and Borek, hearty main dishes like Chicken Kdra and Persian Lamb with Spilt Peas, and delicate sweets and pastries such as Baklava and Banana Mandazi.
The cookbook is divided into three main sections: the first is Africa and contains information about the African kitchen, feasts and festivals, plus detailed information about ingredients; the second section is about the Middle East and history, eating patterns, and ingredients; and the third section contains the recipes which state where they are from with a brief introduction about them. The last section is divided into chapters on Soups, Mezzes and Appetizers; Snacks and Street Food; Fish Dishes; Chicken Dishes; Meat Dishes; Vegetarian Dishes; Side Dishes and Salads; and Pastries and Desserts.
With over 700 photographs, easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions, informative cook's tips and a nutritional breakdown for every recipe, this is a cookbook for the cook who wants to try new cuisines.