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Arabesque: A Taste of Morocco, Turkey and Lebanon [Hardcover]

Claudia Roden
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27 Oct 2005

Discover the enchanting Arabesque by Claudia Roden.

Claudia Roden returns to the countries of Turkey, Lebanon and Morocco in search of new and old recipes and to find out how cooking has evolved since she first introduced us to these cuisines in the 1960s. The result is a tribute to the different culinary histories and contemporary food of these fascinating countries, from the mezze dishes of Turkey and the sweet pastries of Lebanon to the unmistakable flavours and spices of Morocco. In her inimitable style, in Arabesque Claudia Roden has created a passionate, evocative book full of stories, memories and delicious food.

Praise for Claudia Roden:

'Claudia Roden is no more a simple cookbook writer than Marcel Proust was a biscuit baker. She is, rather, memorialist, historian, ethnographer, anthropologist, essayist, poet ...' Simon Schama

'Every one of Claudia's books introduced us to a delicious new world' Sam and Sam Clarke 'Roden's great gift is to conjure up not just a cuisine but the culture from which it springs' Nigella Lawson

'Claudia Roden's writing has the fascination of her conversation. Her books are treasure-houses of information and mines of literary pleasures' Observer

As well as writing cookbooks and presenting cooking shows on the BBC, Claudia Roden is also a cultural anthropologist based in the United Kingdom. Born and brought up in Cairo, she finished her education in Paris before moving to London to study art. With the publication of her bestselling classic, A Book of Middle Eastern Food in 1968, Claudia Roden revolutionized Western attitudes to the cuisines of the Middle East. Since then she has published nine other books, including the award winning classic, The Book of Jewish Food, and has won no fewer than six Glenfiddich awards for her writing. Her other books include A Book of Middle Eastern Food, The Food of Italy, Mediterranean Cookery and The Food of Spain.


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph; First Edition edition (27 Oct 2005)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 071814581X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718145811
  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 20 x 25.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Claudia Roden was born and brought up in Cairo. She finished her education in Paris and later studied art in London. Starting out as a painter, she was drawn to the subject of food partly through a desire to evoke a lost heritage - one of the pleasures of a happy life in Egypt. The local delight in food, like the light, colour and smells and the special brand of hospitality, warmth and humour, has left a permanent impression.

With the publication of her bestselling classic, A Book of Middle Eastern Food in 1968, Claudia Roden revolutionized Western attitudes to the cuisines of the Middle East. Since then she has published nine other books, including the award winning classic, The Book of Jewish Food, and has won no fewer than six Glenfiddich awards for her writing.


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83 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite! 12 Mar 2006
Format:Hardcover
This is a truly wonderful cookbook - my book of the year so far. Claudia Roden writes beautifully and there is not a recipe in this book that I don't want to cook. A book of three parts, Turkey, Lebanon and Morroco, the differences in these cuisines are quite marked even when using similar ingredients. There are some delicious tagine recipes along with pilafs and fish dishes and the desserts are sublime (try the Turkish yoghurt cake!), but for me the mezze recipes are a real standout. You can easilly make a full meal out of a handful of recipes from this great collection and I often do. The variety of the dishes and their stunning flavour is remarkable. I cannot say enough good things about Claudia Roden and this incredible book. If you enjoy cooking something a little out of the ordinary you won't regret buying this book for a second.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars takes me back to the old country 13 April 2010
Format:Hardcover
my mother is from lebanon and i originally bought this book for her, then ended up keeping it and buying a second copy, then two more for my sisters, and we all use them several times a week. this is perfect food for big families or gatherings where you have a lot of hungry mouths to satisfy, lovely big meals, luxurious and deeply flavoured, impressive looking but, secretly, rather easy to knock up.

i have cooked perhaps seventy or eighty percent of the recipes in here and haven't encountered a bad one yet. if you love italien food but haven't taken the plunge south yet this is the perfect starting place, and if you already love north african and middle eastern cuisine this will probably still throw up a couple of new gems.
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103 of 110 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 17 Aug 2006
By Dogfael
Format:Hardcover
I can't praise this book enough. Not only is it a delight to read and to hold but it also is a teasurehouse of practical recipes that work. This is the third book by Claudia Roden that I have read and it certainly maintains the standard set in the others. In this book she concentrates on the cooking of Moroco, Lebanon and Turkey giving plenty of background information about the place of food with the cultures of the different countries. The recipes themselves are easy to follow, and produce what they say they will. Excellent, just what a perfect cookery book should be.
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67 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good guide to authentic turkish cooking... 25 Nov 2006
Format:Hardcover
To address the comments of the misinformed "REAL WORLD COOK" - Of the two examples mentioned, sumac is an everyday ingredient in Turkish cooking, typically used in salads. And "gum mastic" ice cream is again a very popular desert and such "sakizli" (gum-based) ice creams are a norm. Further rose water has many every day applications in turkish cooking, and rose ice cream is a perfectly common widespread flavour. These are versatile ingredients found in the cupboards and spice racks of all Turkish homes much as you might find rosemary and thyme in yours. A commendable effort and highly recommended book reflecting authentic Turkish cooking. I can only assume the same can be said of the Morrocan and Lebanese sections.
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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars love food? love this book! 4 Oct 2006
By D. Owen
Format:Hardcover
Claudia Roden is a wonderful writer of food. She envokes the fragrances, tastes and cultures of the recipes she tells you about. Each recipe is easy to cook and every dish i've tried has come out beautiful. This is not only a cookery book, its a travel book aswell! As I cooked, the aroma of the food just took me to a places i've never been. I'd highly recommend this book and couldnt praise it any higher.
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60 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Middle-Eastern Feast... 12 Feb 2006
Format:Hardcover
This is a beautiful book, and I will definitely be cooking from it.
It is divided into 3 sections - Morocco, Turkey and Lebanon, with chapters within each sections - Introduction, Starters & Mezze, Main Courses and Desserts. The introduction to each section is very thorough and tells about the traditions and cultures in each country.

It has many chicken recipes (yay!) - Roast chicken with pine nut and raisin pilaf, chicken with fresh figs and walnuts sounds good to me, and many vegetable recipes and side-dishes - little puff-pastry cheese pies, beetroot with yoghurt, tagines etc. Of course there are dishes we know already - fattoush, hoummus and such, but many of them in a new style.
I don't think I'll regret having bought this book. If you want a book about Middle-Eastern cuisine, you will love this one!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Book 27 July 2008
By Kentish Woman VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Arabesque is written in similar vein to The Book of Jewish Food. There is, again, a lot of socioligical and historical context and the recipes are utterly realiable. The layout is lovely, and the book well indexed. Faultless.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great practical book 20 May 2009
Format:Hardcover
The recipies are really reliable and her instructions are clear and usable . Its become the book I use most often and almost all of the ingredients are available from larger supermarkets as well as specilist food stores . I cant reccomend it too highly to anyone who enjoys cooking !
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a gift - almost kept it!
Only had time to skim the contents but was impressed by the beautiful pictures and wonderful words! At this price I may have to get another copy for myself!
Published 3 months ago by JellieG
5.0 out of 5 stars arabesque
if you love food you'll love this. beautifully put together, beautifully illustrated, you can keep this on your coffee table for inspiration.
Published 6 months ago by patricia anne court
3.0 out of 5 stars Searched for recipe book using saffron
The book had one recipe containing saffron so was disappointing although I did make chicken and filo pie with sumac, cinnamon etc. that was nice
Published 8 months ago by plom
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use and I believe quite authentic
I tried some Moroccan recipes and I appreciated most of all the fact that the seasoning is very similar to the one given in an old Moroccan cookery book I have dating back to the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by MH le Divelec
5.0 out of 5 stars taste of the exotic
Beautifully written and illustrated, full of dishes you immediately want to cook. Bought this after returning from Istanbul and was able to recreate some of the great food we ate... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Dr R C Worthington
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious days ahead
An excellent book. I am a long-time fan of Claudia Roden. I originally had this book on Kindle but I wanted to move about between recipes so a paper copy was better. Read more
Published 10 months ago by David J. Ingram
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a wonderful cookbook
A wonderful book to have with great, not very difficult, recipes and nice to know background information. As a vegetarian there are plenty of recipes to try. Love the pictures too!
Published 14 months ago by J. Geertsma
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational book
I was given this book as a present when it was first published. I still use it most weeks, which says something as I have a large collection fo cook books! Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mrs. Candida Piercy
5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure
What a beautiful and inspirational book....I have enjoyed reading it almost as much as trying out some of the recipes. This will be a permanent item in my kitchen!
Published 18 months ago by Janie4Now
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and tasty and practical
I first encountered Claudia Roden in a little Sainsbury's pocket book on middle eastern food, which I used for many years when I was a student. Read more
Published on 7 Mar 2012 by lyn lowenstein
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