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#31 patrickamory

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 12:15 PM

We definitely love Najmieh Batmanglij for Persian cuisine, especially the new edition of Food of Life

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 03:31 PM

We definitely love Najmieh Batmanglij for Persian cuisine, especially the new edition of Food of Life



Ah yes, another great one

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 06:19 AM

Flavors Of The Nile On Your Budget is a perfect e-book for Egyptian and Middle Eastern food lovers. The book includes recipes that come straight out of the heart of Egypt. And the book is perfect for beginners.   

 

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 01:16 PM

I'm glad to hear there's now an e-book for Egyptian cooking. I'll have to check that out.

Since the last time I checked in on this topic, I've fallen in love with "Alice's Kitchen: My Grandmother Dalal & Mother Alice's Traditional Lebanese Cooking", by Linda Dalal Sawaya. It's the family cookbook, with bits of family history and photos, and charming artwork by Ms. Sawaya. It's a small paperback book, easily carried around and inexpensive to purchase. I particularly appreciate it now that I've gone to the trouble of putting together and distributing a collection of family photos with stories for our extended family. But best of all, the recipes work... and they work in the way that practical, practiced homemakers develop ways to cook meals for their loved ones. I now can make crackers, thanks to this book. I'm getting a grip on making 2 or 3 different styles of flatbread, and the thomeyya (Lebanese version of aioli) is closest to what I remember from a favorite Lebanese restaurant in Cairo.

I keep coming back to this book and digging deeper, and I'm a big fan. I'll add an Amazon link. Moderators, please feel free to make it eGullet friendly.

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 02:51 PM

Flavors Of The Nile On Your Budget - a mere £1.88 on UK Amazon - didn't take a lot of buying.


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Posted 15 December 2013 - 03:54 PM

$18.00 $USD! WTF? Dayum, not so cheap after all! Oooops, looked again, saw the "used" price; for .48 USD + shipping $3.99, I'll think about it! May need a Happy New Year to Me present, too!
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Posted 15 December 2013 - 04:56 PM

$18.00 $USD! WTF? Dayum, not so cheap after all! Oooops, looked again, saw the "used" price; for .48 USD + shipping $3.99, I'll think about it! May need a Happy New Year to Me present, too!


I guess it IS all relative, isn't it? I was thinking in terms of cost for a new cookbook, and you must have been thinking in terms of cost for a new paperback. :-) I've bought plenty of used books over the years and been just as happy with them.

At any rate, I think it's a great little book.

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 08:10 PM

$18.00 $USD! WTF? Dayum, not so cheap after all! Oooops, looked again, saw the "used" price; for .48 USD + shipping $3.99, I'll think about it! May need a Happy New Year to Me present, too!


Am I missing something? Wrong link? Try Biscuta's link, not Smithy's. On my pooter, it shows $3.00. Or free if you borrow under Prime membership.

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 10:37 PM

 

$18.00 $USD! WTF? Dayum, not so cheap after all! Oooops, looked again, saw the "used" price; for .48 USD + shipping $3.99, I'll think about it! May need a Happy New Year to Me present, too!


Am I missing something? Wrong link? Try Biscuta's link, not Smithy's. On my pooter, it shows $3.00. Or free if you borrow under Prime membership.

 

 

I may have jumped to the wrong conclusion.  I thought Judiu was talking about "Alice's Kitchen".  If she meant something else, I apologize for the confusion.


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Posted 16 December 2013 - 11:59 AM

I love this book. It has a variety of recipes, not just couscous recipes:
The Great Book of Couscous: Classic Cuisines of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia
 

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Posted 18 December 2013 - 08:54 PM

i always find myself referencing saha (greg malouf) and jerusalem (ottolenghi) and i'd recommend both of them in a heart beat. they're both great books.

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Posted 31 January 2014 - 02:41 PM

The three books by Yotam Ottolenghi, Ottolenghi - The Cookbook, Jerusalem, and Plenty all are really good. Ottolenghi came out in 07 in England I guess, was just released here in the US and is sitting 3 inches to my left right now, together with my shopping list for sumac, Za-Atar, rose and orange water. Which I'll get momentarily I hope, in the little middle eastern store here. Great looking recipes, fun little stories with most (all?) of them, which I love. Puts dishes in a nice context.


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Posted 16 May 2014 - 10:12 AM

I received an Amazon gift certificate for Mother's Day so I purchased this wonderful cookbook which has been discussed at length on a couple of foodie forums. I got it on the recommendation of people that I trust and it has certainly lived up to the promise.

Cookbook:Delights gard.Eden.jpg
It is a thick, heavy (570 pages) book full of stories, history and wonderful recipes.

I have been delving into it since it arrived on Wednesday and am so pleased I heard about it because this is the kind of cookbook that really stimulates my imagination and ramps up my ambition to cook something different.

At the Amazon site there is the "Click to look inside" option. Take a look at the Table of Contents, page IV, which lists some of the fascinating subjects, such as: The First "Recipe Book" in Human History. Or, Elements of the Medieval Baghdadi Cuisine and Affinities with Ancient Mesopotamian Cooking...

 

Hassouni mentioned this book in a post in this topic in 2011 - and I did purchase the earlier, self-published book from an online site but received a damaged paperback with several missing pages, which was grossly overpriced - I returned it for a refund (and received a rather snide message from the seller, which made me vow to never buy from that bookstore again). 

 

I forgot all about the book until I came across a discussion on a blog I subscribe to, also there was a mention on Facebook which noted that it had been updated and published anew in 2013. 


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Posted 16 May 2014 - 05:34 PM

Hi andie,

 

I bought that cookbook recently and although it's fascinating, I haven't had much luck with the recipes. I've found them under seasoned and possibly under fatted :)

 

Please let me know what you've made from it that works!

 

Patrick


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Posted 16 May 2014 - 06:07 PM

I put in a library purchase request for Delights today.  Let's see if we buy it.


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Posted 16 May 2014 - 11:06 PM

I received an Amazon gift certificate for Mother's Day so I purchased this wonderful cookbook which has been discussed at length on a couple of foodie forums. I got it on the recommendation of people that I trust and it has certainly lived up to the promise.

attachicon.gifCookbook:Delights gard.Eden.jpg
It is a thick, heavy (570 pages) book full of stories, history and wonderful recipes.

I have been delving into it since it arrived on Wednesday and am so pleased I heard about it because this is the kind of cookbook that really stimulates my imagination and ramps up my ambition to cook something different.

At the Amazon site there is the "Click to look inside" option. Take a look at the Table of Contents, page IV, which lists some of the fascinating subjects, such as: The First "Recipe Book" in Human History. Or, Elements of the Medieval Baghdadi Cuisine and Affinities with Ancient Mesopotamian Cooking...

 

Hassouni mentioned this book in a post in this topic in 2011 - and I did purchase the earlier, self-published book from an online site but received a damaged paperback with several missing pages, which was grossly overpriced - I returned it for a refund (and received a rather snide message from the seller, which made me vow to never buy from that bookstore again). 

 

I forgot all about the book until I came across a discussion on a blog I subscribe to, also there was a mention on Facebook which noted that it had been updated and published anew in 2013. 

 

Nice! You'll love it.  Are there any major changes to the earlier edition?



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Posted 16 May 2014 - 11:19 PM

I don't know, Hassouni.  The one I got in 2011 was so messed up I really didn't spend any time looking at it.  I just repackaged it and sent it back to the book store.  I'm not even sure it was the original printing, it was spiral bound and many of the pages were wrinkled and torn.  It was certainly nothing like the picture on the web site which showed the cover as mostly green - the one I got had a brown cover. 

 

This is a hardback, beautifully printed, with beautiful photography and illustrations. 

 

I have used a bunch of Post-It notes to mark the recipes I want to try. 


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Posted 16 May 2014 - 11:51 PM

I have used a bunch of Post-It notes to mark the recipes I want to try. 

 

Which ones would they be?



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Posted 17 May 2014 - 08:51 AM

Which ones would they be?

Too many to list - so far I have 31 markers and am only half-way through the book. 

Spicy bread, bean stew, cauliflower casserole, eggplant rolls, spicy bulgar...


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Posted 17 May 2014 - 09:32 AM

Well, you caught my attention.  Love Middle Eastern food and will also ILL the book from our library.

 

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#51 Hassouni

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Posted 17 May 2014 - 10:54 AM

By bean stew, do you mean the one with dry white beans? That vies with okra (murgat bamya in the book) for being Iraqis' favorite dish!

 

Also, mark the one for Tepsi Beitinjan, in case you haven't


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Posted 17 May 2014 - 01:08 PM

By bean stew, do you mean the one with dry white beans? That vies with okra (murgat bamya in the book) for being Iraqis' favorite dish!

 

Also, mark the one for Tepsi Beitinjan, in case you haven't

Stew of White Beans  Margat Fasoulya Yabsa

 

The bulgur recipe is Spicy Bulgur Discs of Mosul  Urooqq Mosuliyya

 

Right now I am in Cookies and Sweet Pastries, reading about Nut Filled Crescents  Kroson bil-joz  - - I think my friend  Leah used to make these but with rose water instead of the orange flower water.  They were delicious - she had promised to give me the recipe but had a fatal auto accident. 


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Posted 17 May 2014 - 01:33 PM

I'm glad to see Delights from the Garden of Eden getting so much attention and going into a new publication. I have the original paperback version (mine came in good condition), given to me by a friend who met Ms. Nasrallah and loved her stories.  The stories in the book are fun and interesting, and the recipes fascinating.  I can't remember which I've done and which I haven't.  I'll have to pull the book out and start cooking from it again.


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Posted 17 May 2014 - 02:37 PM

I'm glad to see Delights from the Garden of Eden getting so much attention and going into a new publication. I have the original paperback version (mine came in good condition), given to me by a friend who met Ms. Nasrallah and loved her stories.  The stories in the book are fun and interesting, and the recipes fascinating.  I can't remember which I've done and which I haven't.  I'll have to pull the book out and start cooking from it again.

I'm now making a list of ingredients I do not have on hand so I can get started on some of these recipes.  The Middle Eastern store is closed today - always closed on Saturday - but will be open tomorrow.   It's easier for me to shop there because I can given one of them the list and they will show me where everything is located and it is not an endless trek as in the supermarkets.


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Posted 18 May 2014 - 06:31 AM

Yeah! Fasoulya yabsa is the one. By the way, if there are ingredients you can't get, let me know and I'll mail you some.


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Posted 18 May 2014 - 09:31 AM

We have a terrific middle eastern store here in Lancaster and they get some remarkable produce and dairy products and at very good prices.  Many of the things are bulk and packaged by folks in the store so one can buy the desired amount of - grains, nuts, flour, OLIVES and etc., instead of having to buy those little boxes and jars of "specialty" foods that often sit in warehouses for long periods and then on store shelves for who knows how long. 

They also print labels in English on imported foods that are printed in Arabic. 

We have a very diverse population in this area so the store gets a lot of traffic.

They will also try and get items when customers ask - not always successful but at least they try. 

Very nice people, extremely friendly and helpful and great at suggesting recipes and cooking methods.


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Posted 11 June 2014 - 11:51 AM

Delights from the Garden of Eden has finally arrived for me in my local library through ILL.  (Never buy expensive cookbooks sight unseen.)  But if Andie liked it, it should have been good enough for me.  Wonderful book.  So much history and tradition and color.  Wonderful.  Haven't tried anything yet, but I just got it yesterday.

My one 'complaint' is that the book is SO heavy, I can't read it lying down in bed.  Some complaint.

Thanks for introducing it Andie.  I'm going to think seriously about buying it (in my none-cookbook buying mode).


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Posted 12 June 2014 - 10:58 AM

Although the contents of Delights from the Garden of Eden are wonderful, I'm afraid I have two more complaints to add to yesterday's complaint of weight.  The size of the print is exceedingly small...and I am getting exceedingly old...even with glasses on and much of the text is fainter than I would like.  What a shame.  It just may be enough for the author to lose one sale.  It all adds up to just a bit too much.  :sad:


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Posted 13 June 2014 - 10:17 PM

I now have Delights from the Garden of Eden!  The library was kind enough to buy a copy for me so I did not have to go the route of ILL.

 

As it happens I have not yet cracked the cover since I just brought home five or so books on Japanese cookery.  Darienne, if you think Delights from the Garden of Eden is heavy, you should try reading The Photography of Modernist Cuisine in bed.


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Posted 14 June 2014 - 10:54 AM

I really should see about getting the new edition....

 

 

ETA: Trigger pulled, BookDepository takes PayPal so I used my remaining PP balance. Can't wait!


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