Category Ethnic Cookbooks

Rose Water & Orange Blossoms

Product Details

Rose Water & Orange Blossoms
By Maureen Abood
Running Press
Retail Price $30.00
Amazon Price: $20.26

Book Description:

Pomegranates and pistachios. Floral waters and cinnamon. Bulgur wheat, lentils, and succulent lamb. These lush flavors of Maureen Abood’s childhood, growing up as a Lebanese-American in Michigan, inspired Maureen to launch her award-winning blog, Rose Water & Orange Blossoms. Here she revisits the recipes she was reared on, exploring her heritage through its most-beloved foods and chronicling her riffs on traditional cuisine. Her colorful culinary guides, from grandparents to parents, cousins, and aunts, come alive in her stories like the heady aromas of the dishes passed from their hands to hers.

Taking an ingredient-focused approach that makes the most of every season’s bounty, Maureen presents more than 100 irresistible recipes that will delight readers with their evocative flavors: Spiced Lamb Kofta Burgers, Avocado Tabbouleh in Little Gems, and Pomegranate Rose Sorbet. Weaved throughout are the stories of Maureen’s Lebanese-American upbringing, the path that led her to culinary school and to launch her blog, and life in Harbor Springs, her lakeside Michigan town.

Review

I am familiar with food from this region and was really excited about trying out some of the recipes in this cookbook and was very satisfied with the outcome.  The cookbook itself is  beautiful, filled with wonderful recipes that cover a large range of middle eastern cooking  along with mouth watering photographs of the finished dishes.  While some of the ingredients used have to be purchased in a specialty shop or online,  they are worth the effort.   An added perk to this cookbook is the family stories that are included, giving you the back story on many of the recipes.  This is a gem that you will want to have in your collection.

~Reviewed by Gina A.

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    Spice Odyssey

    Spice Odyssey
    By Paul Merret
    Kyle Books
    Retail Price $24.95
    Amazon Price: $18.27

    Book Description: 

    Spices are everywhere. From natural remedies, scented candles, perfumes, mulled wine, breakfast cereal and wacky pumpkin-spice lattes, to America’s own chili con carne. Michelin-award winning Chef Paul Merrett includes something for every spicy cook in Spice Odyssey. The beginner need be assured that not all spicy food, by any means, will be mouth-burning hot. Much of the finest spicing is also the most subtle. This book is a collection of recipes that dodges between countries and continents with no apology. There are many classic spicy dishes that aren’t included and some quirky home-invented ones that are. Paul’s aim is to provoke inspiration and exploration, because those two qualities are always apparent in all of the world’s finest cooks. Beginning with a short primer on shopping for spices and tools of the trade, Paul then provides 100 mouth-watering recipes from starters & snack to lunches & dinners, quick & simple meals to spicy desserts. Make your own Homemade Labneh with Sumac, Pomegranate & Basil or Spiced Chicken Skewers with Plantain Chips, Mango & Red Pepper Jam. Surprise your friends with the famous curry dish from Sri Lanka, Meat Rottu Roti or whip together some Asian-spiced Short Ribs. For something different try a Moroccan Lamb Burger with Tomato Chile Jam & Zucchini Tzatiki or a Yogurt & Black Pepper Ice Cream. Beautifully photographed, Spice Odyssey is a perfect cookbook for anyone looking to spice up the kitchen.

    Review

     

    Kyle Books has put together a cookbook of many wonderful, spicy dishes from all over the world with recipes ranging from appetizers, main dishes, condiments and sides. The dishes span the globe, so you should be able to find something to whet your appetite. While the main problem is probably going to be finding the ingredients needed, the section on shopping for spices is extremely helpful in tracking down spices locally or online. The instructions are simple and easy to follow, and there’s nice pictures throughout the book. You will find a wide variety of dishes to choose from to spice up your kitchen.

    ~Reviewed by Dana S.

     

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      Charcuteria

      Charcuteria
      By Jeffrey Weiss
      Agate Surrey
      Retail Price $39.95
      Amazon Price: $26.63

      Book Description: 

      Charcutería: The Soul of Spain is the first book to introduce authentic Spanish butchering and meat-curing techniques to the American market. Included are more than 100 traditional Spanish recipes, straightforward illustrations providing easy-to-follow steps for amateur and professional butchers, and gorgeous full-color photography of savory dishes, Iberian countrysides, and centuries-old Spanish cityscapes.

      Author Jeffrey Weiss has written an entertaining, extravagantly detailed guide on Spain’s unique cuisine and its history of charcutería, which is deservedly becoming more celebrated on the global stage. While Spain stands cheek-to-jowl with other great cured-meat-producing nations like Italy and France, the charcuterie traditions of Spain are perhaps the least understood of this trifecta. Americans have most likely never tasted the sheer eye-rolling deliciousness that is cured Spanish meats: chorizo, the garlic-and-pimentón-spiked ambassador of Spanish cuisine; morcilla, the family of blood sausages flavoring regional cuisine from Barcelona to Badajoz; and jamón, the acorn-scented, modern-day crown jewel of Spain’s charcutería legacy.

      Charcutería: The Soul of Spain is a collection of delicious recipes, uproarious anecdotes, and time-honored Spanish culinary traditions. The author has amassed years of experience working with the cured meat traditions of Spain, and this book will surely become a standard guide for both professional and home cooks.

      Review

      Charcuterie is a culinary specialty that originally referred to the creation of pork products such as salami, sausages, and prosciutto. It is true food craftsmanship, the art of turning preserved food into items of beauty and taste. Today the term encompasses a vast range of preparations, most of which involve salting, cooking, smoking, and drying. This book focuses on Spanish butchering and curing techniques.  There are step-by-step directions and helpful illustrations as well as some wonderful recipes.  Little has been published for the home cook regarding this topic and the author goes the extra mile with this book.  The author not only discusses the techniques of preserving and preparing animals for butchering, but also shows you how to improvise if you don’t have the correct equipment.  He also gives you the technical information without overwhelming you.  This book is a great place to begin if you are a novice, but it also has much for the experienced butcher.

       

      ~Reviewed by Pat K.

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        Mexico: The Cookbook

        Mexico: The Cookbook
        by Margarita Carrillo Arronte
        Phaidon
        Retail Price $49.95
        Amazon Price: $33.71

        Book Description: 

        The first truly comprehensive bible of authentic Mexican home cooking, written by a living culinary legend, Mexico: The Cookbook features an unprecedented 700 recipes from across the entire country, showcasing the rich diversity and flavors of Mexican cuisine. Author Margarita Carrillo Arronte has dedicated 30 years to researching, teaching, and cooking Mexican food, resulting in this impressive collection of Snacks and Street Food, Starters and Salads, Eggs, Soups, Fish, Meat, Vegetables, Accompaniments, Rice and Beans, Breads and Pastries, and Drinks and Desserts.Beautifully illustrated with 200 full‐color photographs, the book includes dishes such as Acapulco‐style ceviche, Barbacoa de Pollo from Hidalgo, classic Salsa Ranchera, and the ultimate Pastel Tres Leches, each with notes on recipe origins, ingredients, and techniques, along with contributions from top chefs such as Enrique Olvera and Hugo Ortega.

        Review

        I love the quote by Eva Longoria about this book as it is so true!

        “All my life I have wanted to travel through Mexico to learn authentic recipes from each region and now I don’t have to – Margarita has done it for me!”

        I live in Southern California surrounded by countless Mexican Restaurants of all levels of quality. Sadly most are sub par greasy cheese and dry rice joints. The recipes I have prepared in this book make the countless combo-number-whatever’s pale in comparison.  What consistently jumps at me in this book is the author’s passion for Mexican cuisine. She hits at the heart of the real Mexican food culture and makes a clear distinction between Americanized Mexican and the traditional, authentic dishes of various regions in Mexico.   This is the best book on Mexican cuisine I have ever come across.  The recipes are as authentic as eating them in Mexico!

        ~Reviewed by Denisse A.

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