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Habeeb Salloum
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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Interlink Publishing Group (1 Mar 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566563984
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566563987
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 18 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 215,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This cookery book contains stews and soups, falafels and breads, couscous, stuffed grape leaves, greens and vegetables, hummus, pizzas, pies, omelettes, pastries and sweets, yoghurt drinks and strong coffees.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Keep coming back to this book 28 Nov 2006
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I bought this book quite some time ago, but decided to write a review because I keep coming back to it, and value it more and more.

The great thing about many recipes in this book is that you can make them with ingredients that are easy to store, so if you live in a busy, mildly disorganised household like mine it helps you to keep yourself nourished. Make sure you've got lentils, rice, chick peas, broad beans, tahini, garlic, and burghul in your cupboard, add some tomatoes (possibly even tinned), fresh (or frozen) herbs, some spices, the odd onion, egg, beetroot or aubergine, and you can make a huge variety of tasty, healthy, filling dishes. Many dishes are also tasty with one or two ingredients missing or replaced by something similar.

This is not haute cuisine. This is good old traditional nutritious food, that is easy to prepare, but still very rewarding to make. Of course there is even more possible when you do some shopping too!
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What a treat to find a cookbook that doesn't intimidate by complicated ingredients and instructions! I've made tabbouleh from many recipes, but this one was the quickest and tastiest I've ever made. Forget hours in clay pots for the vegetable stews, Habeeb Salloum has got them down to fine finish in under an hour, and throws in some lovely ideas for presentation too. Highly recommended!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Mr Salloum obviously has a great love of and knowledge of the cuisines that he presents. There are fascinating personal stories and historical snippets. The art work is beautiful and all the recipes sound mouthwatering. I really could not resist making 'gazelles ankles' just for the bizarre name. They were easy to make, delicious but just a tad too sweet for my palate. The story attached by Mr Salloum made a great introduction to my work colleagues when I made the ankles to take to a meeting at work. I thoroughly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quick,healthy, and tasty "recipes" for the meditteranean eater. 1 April 2006
By Sophie - Published on
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I'm sure most people reading about "vegetarian middle-eastern" cookbooks are good cooks when they have the time and inclination. But I, for one, have grown bored with my own repertoire. Most cookbooks are more fun to read than to actually cook from. Or they have ingredients that, even living in New York City, seem annoyingly inaccessible.

This book has lots of very easy recipes that are healthy vegetarian (hardly any animal fat with the exception of yoghurt in cold dishes). I can imagine actually(!) making just about everything, there's even a section on arab desserts -- the easy kind made of farina. This is probably the best cookbook I've ever bought. I think it's useful whatever your level of cooking expertise, but you need to be a fan of the meditterranean diet. We're talking beans, legumes, olive oil, yoghurt, eggplant, a few other vegetables.

Recipe details:-- it's true most are simple, but unless you were raised in a middle-eastern family I don't know how you would've thought of these combinations -- even if you're say very familiar with Greek or Italian food, I think this is pretty new stuff.

Some "recipes" include: yoghurt ginger appetizer (includes almonds, onions, ginger, tomato);many types of lentil soups from various middle eastern countries (the egyptian one includes butter and cumin, the one from bahrain adds tomato, vermicelli, and ground coriander);fried pepper salad; orange and olive salad; beet salad; stuffed eggplant; and vegetable casserole.

Nothing sounds 'exciting' but it is all very accessible and well seasoned. It's like you could turn to this book and make every meal from it -- that is if you like meditterranean food.
35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Luxurious, Simple and Healthy Eating 7 Aug 2000
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Vegetarian dishes can be boring sometimes. You can only do so much with a can of chickpeas, or an eggplant or even a salad. Not so with Habeeb Salloum's Classic Vegetarian Cooking from the Middle East and North Africa. Presenting dishes from all over these regions, Mr. Salloum's recipes inspire the cook to garnish a table with these non-meat dishes. With an introduction and historical explanation of these dishes, preparation of the meals comes easy and the mouth watering delights even more enjoyable when eaten. Twenty-five recipes prepared so far and all have had a 100% review from family and friends. No kitchen should be without it!
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Rich and Treasured Book 26 Aug 2000
By "sydneykate" - Published on
This is a wonderful book not only for the recipes but for the insights in to the part food plays in the everyday lives and culture of the people of the Middle East and North Africa. Salloum gives a brief history of most of the dishes and places them in geographical and cultural context. I enjoyed reading it as much for the delicious food as the explainations. My only criticism would be that there are no pictures in the book so a novice cook like myself has little idea of how to serve the recipes. A minor quibble... it is a lovely book and has delicious, tasty recipes.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars simple, delicious, wonderful 26 Jun 2004
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Bought this book on a whim for my vegetarian husband for a birthday gift. Turns out that every dish is absolutley delicious. We have tried many recipies in the book and have been very happy with the simplicity and results. We highly recommend the purchase of this book if you are interested in middle eastern and/or vegetarian cooking.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent cookbook. 7 Oct 2006
By Nancy Beiman - Published on
The recipes are clearly written, easy to make, and very tasty. This book, more than any other, convinced me that it is practical to be a vegetarian. Most dishes take very little time to prepare, unlike earlier cookbooks that seemed to require the entire day. The meals are healthy, light, and varied.
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