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Arabesque New Edition

Arabesque New Edition [Kindle Edition]

Greg & Lucy Malouf
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Greg Malouf is widely admired as one of Australia’s most innovative and influential chefs. His passion for the food of his Lebanese heritage, combined with his extensive travels, have led him to forge a modern Middle Eastern cuisine. Arabesque, co-written with Lucy Malouf, is a much-loved guide to the food of the Middle East. From apricots to cous cous, pomegranates to silverbeet, this book welcomes the stars of Arabic cooking into the modern kitchen with descriptions of the history and the role the ingredients play, information on selecting and using them, and exciting recipes. The collection of 170 recipes is not slavish to tradition, but rather Greg’s modern takes on the food he has grown up with. Seven-Vegetable Couscous is served with Onion Jam and Green Harissa Broth, and Salmon Kibbeh Nayeh is served with Saffron Yoghurt Cheese. Arabesque is a volume to treasure and a cookbook to read and enjoy while discovering new experiences in the kitchen. It is a must for anyone interested in new flavours, techniques and culinary history, and is a source of inspiration for professional chefs, keen home cooks and gourmets alike.

About the Author

Widely acclaimed as the master of modern Middle Eastern cooking, Greg Malouf has transformed the Australian restaurant scene with his innovative food, and his influence has now spread throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Until recently, Greg was head chef at the Michelin-starred Petersham Nurseries Cafe in Richmond, London. Lucy Malouf is a food writer and editor based in France. Together with her former husband, she has co-authored Moorish, Saha, Turquoise, Saraban, and Malouf: New Middle Eastern Food.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 649 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Hardie Grant Grp; New edition edition (1 Nov 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GEB80C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #479,879 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly mistitled, not overly user-friendly 27 April 2009
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First of all, the title: You might possibly think that you're getting a book of traditional middle eastern (Arab) cookery. Well, only half right. Geographically it covers a much larger area for its inspiration, including Spain, Italy, Greece, Iran etc. In addition, much of the stuff here is the Maloufs' 'take' on middle eastern/mediterranean etc. cookery, with a certain level of arty-farty messing around (sorry, "reinterpreted with a modern twist"), rather than being traditional. There's even 'garlic Yorkshire pudding' to be found here, which is, er, Yorkshire pudding (that well known middle eastern delicacy) with garlic in it.

Secondly, the layout: I second the previous reviewer's comments here. I can understand food writers wanting to get away from the tired and unoriginal cookbook formula of successive chapters called "appetisers", "fish", "poultry", "meat", "desserts" etc., but if you're going to try to break the mould then you perhaps really need to arrange your chapters by groups of ingredients rather than a single ingredient. (The only successful examples I have seen of doing this that I can recall off the top of my head are in Diana Henry's books, for example Crazy Water, Pickled Lemons: Enchanting Dishes from the Middle East, Mediterranean and North Africa. Her books do actually work quite well with this kind of arrangement.) Sorry Greg & Lucy, but having chapters with names like "Cardamom" and "Cumin" really just does not work. How many people will think "Right, I want to cook something with cumin in tonight - flip to the cumin chapter"?
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3.0 out of 5 stars okay for reference, not for meal planning 6 May 2008
I love cooking middle eastern inspired food and thought this might be a better bet than the other Arabesque book (by Claudia Roden) because a reviewer said her book didn't have enough pictures. Well, there aren't many in this book either, which is disappointing - especially as they are all grouped together rather than appearing next to their recipe.

There are some quite appetising recipes here, written by an intelligent and knowledgeable chef. But if you are like me and like to plan meals for friends by flicking through several cookbooks for inspiration, it's almost impossible to do that with this book because it is arranged as an A-Z list. It's an idea that might have made sense to the writers, who wanted to give a comprehensive overview of what you can create with classic middle eastern ingredients, but who plans meal or dinner party thinking they want to tempt their friends with dishes based on A for Artichokes or C for Cardamom? Happen upon the Cardamom page and you'll find recipes from Cardamon orange wafers to Cardamom-crumbed lamb cutlets (although, to be honest, they don't sound particularly tempting or innovative to me). But if those same recipes had been grouped in conventional chapters, this book might have stood a much better chance of being used rather than sitting unused, gathering dust on the shelf. If you want mouthwatering modern middle eastern inspiration, try the Ottolenghi book instead!
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By Streakz
Well there are no shortage of cookery books out there.
what presumption and arrogance to not only steal the name of one of the
best middle eastern cookbooks out there, by claudia roden

But do it badly! BYPASS and head straight to the genuine arabesque by Claudia Roden

This book is like a cheep chinese fraud of something so so much better!

and you might want to stop on route and pick up plenty and casa moro along the way
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not overly impressed.... 9 Nov 2014
By Anon
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This Kindle book contains some interesting recipes, but there isn't a picture in sight. It's also a little misleading I feel as there are some recipes that have nothing to do with the Middle East. I'm debating whether to return it or not.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great recipes but no pictures 19 Jun 2013
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Love the recipes, bought because I saw the book in a bookshop and loved the photos. Unfortunately, no photos in the kindle edition
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