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.
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.