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A Book of Middle Eastern Food [Paperback]

Claudia Roden , Joanna Tyldesley
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29 Oct 1970
More than 500 recipes from the subtle, spicy, varied cuisines of the Middle East, ranging from inexpensive but tasty peasant fare to elaborate banquet dishes.
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  • Paperback: 484 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (29 Oct 1970)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140461590
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140461596
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 168,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Claudia 7 Nov 2010
Format:Hardcover
Claudia Roden's 'book of Middle Eastern food' really is as good as people say it is. If you're not keen on using the American cup measuring system found in the newer revisions - titled 'THE' new book, published by Alfred A. Knopf from Sep 2000 onwards, look for the May 1985 edition published by Viking - titled 'A' new book. An essential guide to Middle Eastern food.
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3.0 out of 5 stars traditional middle eastern 19 Mar 2014
By coco
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
lots of traditional recipes some would never use,but interesting to read.print small and no thing to show what end dish looks like
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Book of Middle Eastern Food 24 Dec 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The friend I ordered it for loved it - her copy was so old that it was falling to bits. I haven't been able to see it myself, but she is overjoyed and it arrived on time.

I live in Northern Germany, but my friend lives in the UK - you can't expect me to fly over to look at the gift!!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 26 Jun 2011
By Wil Andersen TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Anyone who knows Claudia Roden and her books knows already how good this will be. I normally wouldn't bother too much to review it - but the idiot who left three stars and downgraded the book needs to be corrected. So five stars from me - buy the book and you will see why.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rich and wide-ranging collection 20 Jan 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This cookbook celebrates the culinary diversity of the Middle East with a wealth of traditional recipes from many countries. The author's enthusiasm for the dishes she describes is evident throughout, and the recipes span the spectrum from everyday meals to more elaborate preparations for holidays and special occasions. Most of the ingredients are readily available, and the food is nutritious, flavorful, and economical. Whether you are an experienced cook or only a beginner, this book has something for you.
Also recommended: "Recipes and Remembrances from an Eastern Mediterranean Kitchen: A Culinary Journey through Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan," by Sonia Uvezian. This seminal work captures the essence of the region's traditional foods in hundreds of distinctive recipes interspersed with superlative cultural and culinary background material, including unparalleled information on ingredients and utensils.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic survey of a culinary mosaic 22 May 2000
By lucas cragg - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Ms. Roden casts a wide net and captures many a treasure in this indispensible survey of the many foodways and cultures of the Middle East. If all you know of Middle Eastern cookery is pita bread and fallafel, get your hands on this book ASAP! Recipes from cultures as diverse as Persia, Turkey and Morroco are included with many delectables from Ms. Roden's hometown of Cairo, along with culinary insights from the great Arab food writer of the 13th century, Al-Baghdadi. All the recipes are put together in an easy to follow format, with good information on ingredients (though it does appear that she was writing for a British rather than American audience, so some of the terminology may not be immeadiately familiar to readers in the U.S.). Sometimes I think that the book would benefit from photos of some of the finished dishes, but other than that this is a superb introduction to Middel Eastern cookery. Enjoy!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Classic! 30 Dec 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have a dog-eared copy of this that is over 20 years old, and it remains one of my favorite cookbooks. The recipes are well written and for the most part approachable. The scope of the book is comprehensive. There may be better books on individual cuisines (Lebanon, Morrocco, Iran, etc.) but nothing can compare to this for its depth and breadth. The chapters on appetizers, salads, soups and substantial dishes are perhaps the best. The book is also a joy to read, and gives you a good idea of the cultures that produced the cuisines.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I've worn out one copy and am ready for another. 17 Dec 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I've had Claudia Roden's book since shortly after it was first published. It was invaluable at a time that I was looking to learn how to present enticing "healthy" foods which, at that time, meant a broad range of vegetables, grains and legumes. It was my best friend at a time when my cooking time was limited and I was looking for easy-to-prepare, delicious meals. It was, and remains, a great help when I am looking for a different approach to chicken (or beef or lamb). Finally, in addition to the recipes, it contains historical and social commentary on the dishes presented. After Julia Childs' "Art of French Cooking," it is the cookbook that I have used for the longest period and still refer to on a regular basis.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Again, my copy fell apart! 1 Jan 1999
By Howard C. Berkowitz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
One of my favorite cookbooks in the sense of creative cookery -- it gives me starting points for my own innovations, although the recipes would be reasonably easy for beginners to follow.
The book goes far beyond recipes, with valuable information on the culture, and the origins of foods. It's as valuable to read before a trip to a Middle Eastern restaurant as it is as a companion in my own kitchen.
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