Falastin: A Cookbook

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The Middle East has been at the crossroads of civilization since the age of empires. It is hence no wonder that its cuisines have been influenced from several parts of the world and its dishes are layered with rich flavors. This book features Palestinian recipes which range in origin from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River and from Egypt to Lebanon – reflecting cuisines from the diverse lands and peoples that came in contact with the Palestinians.

The book is divided into nine chapters that cover breakfast, main dishes (three chapters focusing on veggies, fish, and meat), soups, snacks, veggie sides & salads, breads, and sweets (desserts). Most recipes have an intro that provides some cultural insight into the dish. In addition, some recipes have either “playing around” (alternatives to the recipe), or “getting ahead” (pre-prep to save time during prep) added to their introductions. Most recipes can be prepared by home cooks (although some may be more challenging). All the recipes are delicious. Best of all, the stories of the people featured in the book—these narratives really give a sense of being there. The pictures (of the places and finished recipes) are stunning and enhance the narrative for a more immersive experience. Highly recommended for those who love Middle Eastern food.

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Author Sami Tamimi and Tara Wigley
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 352 pages
Publisher Ten Speed Press
Publish Date 16-Jun-2020
ISBN 9780399581731
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Issue August 2020
Category Cooking, Food & Wine


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