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Crazy Water, Pickled Lemons: Enchanting Dishes from the Middle East, Mediterranean and North Africa [Hardcover]

Diana Henry
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15 Aug 2002
This selection of recipes forms an collection of dishes from lesser explored areas of the Mediterranean, North Africa and the Middle East. Divided into 12 chapters based on ingredients, the author introduces the home cook both to unsual indgredients and to unsual ways to cook with old favourites. Each dish is unusual, either because it uses "exotic" ingredients such as flower waters, pomegranates and cardamom, or because of its unusual use of ingredients, such as "Middle Eastern Orange Cake", made almost entirely of pureed whole cooked oranges. Several dishes are unsual simply because of their names, consider "Ice in Heaven", or the "Crazy Water" of the title.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley (15 Aug 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840005017
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840005011
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 19.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 554,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A new Diana Henry book is an occasion... Henry has perfect pitch when it comes to cooking - her recipes are never less than delicious." The Spectator

If your kitchen doesn't yet include a Diana Henry title - you don't yet know what you're missing. Her first book 'Crazy Water, Pickled Lemons' (first published in 2002) set the tone for the genre. Her passion for food is undeniable and her amazing writing makes even the most exotic of recipes simple to make and understand.

Best known as the food writer for the Sunday Telegraph, Diana Henry has twice been named Cookery Writer of the Year by the Guild of Food Writers in 2007 and 2009. She is the author of six books including the much acclaimed 'Crazy Water, Pickled Lemons' which was shortlisted for a Glenfiddich Award for best cookbook. Her other titles include 'Roast Figs, Sugar Snow', 'The Gastropub Cookbook', 'Cook Simple', 'Crazy Water, Pickled Lemons' and 'Food from Plenty' which has been shortlisted for Food book of the Year by the Andre Simon Awards. She is a contributor to many magazines including Red, House and Garden, Sainsbury's Magazine and Waitrose Kitchen.

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'A glorious and magical feast for the senses' - Claudia Roden --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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From the author of the hugely successful The Gastropub Cookbook, and a regular food column for the Sunday Telegraph; Diana Henry titles have sold more than 60,000 copies through Nielsen BookScan UK; Photography by Jason Lowe, whose work for this title was shortlisted for a Glenfiddich award ('Best Food Photography'); The cuisine of this area has become increasingly popular. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lyrical with outstanding recipes 14 Nov 2002
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There are several reasons I love this cookbook. First of all, every single recipe I've cooked so far (five, after owning it for 2 weeks) has been absolutely delicious. They really make you want to cook and eat. Secondly, Diana Henry's evocative essays and useful cooking tips have already expanded the range of flavours in my kitchen. If you've ever been intrigued by orange blossom water or pickled lemons, say, but didn't know how to use them, this book will inspire you to explore their possibilities, as it has for me. Thirdly, the wonderful photographs mean this is a beautiful cookbook, without being untouchably 'posh'. The food is 'home cooking' (ie approachable) but also adventurous. One of the best cookbooks of the year so far.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Mediterranean Jewel 10 Sep 2002
What a wonderful book! This is a must-have for anyone who enjoys the food of the Mediterranean and is looking either for a different take on familiar ingedients or to be introduced to a whole host of new ones.
Diana Henry's fantastic recipes are interspersed with pages of tantalising and mouthwatering prose as well as carefully chosen literary quotations. This is a book that easily makes great bedside reading and should not just be confined to the kitchen.
Individual chapters deal with ingredients such as herbs, spices, fruit, nuts and even flower waters. Exciting recipes with exotic names beckon - how does "Rhone Ferryman's Beef with Camargue Red Rice" sound? Or even "Ice Heaven"? I can't wait to try dishes like "Lemon and Basil Ice Cream" or "Arab Andalusian Monkfish with Saffron, Honey and Vinegar" to name but two. In fact so infectious is Diana Henry's enthusiasm that I defy anyone who buys this book not to want to cook from it at the first opportunity.
I hope that there are many more publications to come!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lasting treasure. 15 Dec 2012
This is one of my most treasured books - not just my favourite recipe book.
I bought my copy as a student, and took it with me from place to place over the years. It was always the book I went to when I wanted to cook something truly wonderful for my friends. The recipes are accessible, adventurous in the best way while still reliably producing great results.
It was a guide and an inspiration in exploring and understanding new and exciting ingredients when I moved to London, but never once have I found myself frustrated because I could not get my hands on a vital ingredient.
It was also a comforting book to read, as it is well written and evocative, and over the years grew even richer in good memories. The day when after two months I got to open the most beautiful jar of pickles I ever ate - home made! - Standing at the cooker with a friend, boiling lavender in honey, marvelling at it together and worrying that we were making scented soap, then being rewarded with an incredible fragant lavender duck roast instead...
This book has made my life better - and it taught me how joyful, exciting and miraculous cooking can be.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars BUY THE EARLIER EDITION NOT THIS ONE ! 18 Dec 2013
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The production quality of this book looks and feels very cheap. Very disappointed. I love Diana Henry's recipes and it is a great pity that it has been issued in this very mediocre edition. I have seen the original edition and
it merits a 5 star. Certainly not this budget 2012 version that I find difficult even to read due to the poor print
Most of the 5 star ratings are referring to the earlier edition NOT the 2012 edition so do not be misled as I was.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
....'enchanting dishes from the Middle East, Mediterranean and North Africa' captures the cultures, too!

From inside the front jacket flap:

'Crazy Waters, Pickled Lemons is an exploration of the ingredients and dishes of the Mediterranean, The Middle East and North Africa......presenting recipes that combine flavours in ways long forgotten - or never even discovered - in many western kitchens.
Special ingredients - the colourful, the aromatic, and the perfumed - which are all too often overlooked in the modern kitchen, are also featured.'

This book stands out from the average cookery book due to the passion which really flows from Diana Henry's descriptive writing - the reader can almost see and taste those flavours, which is far better described than me by the cover quote from Claudia Roden -'A glorious and magical feast for the senses'!

'Places, as well as tastes, are locked up in food. The clear perfumed stillness of a bottle of flower water, the sexy, velvety skin of a fig, the sunburnt blood colour of a jar of cayenne. Our love of foods has as much to do with what they represent as with what they taste like.'

Attractive paperback covers open to 192 high quality pages, split over chapters:

* The Spice Trail
* Fragrance of the Earth
* A Bowl of Fresh Herbs
* Sweet Cloves and Liquid Gold
* The Sweet and the Sour
* Of Sea and Salt
* Plundering the Stores
* Fruits of Longing
* Curds and Whey
* Food from the Hearth
* Pith and Skin
* Heaven Scent

sandwiched between an introduction and a concise index, the latter listed by ingredient.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not written is a style I like. I like ring bound cookbooks with...
Not written is a style I like. I like ring bound cookbooks with picture and tidy list of ingredients. Too chatty.
Published 9 days ago by Ms V Mosely
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book
This book contains a lot of very unusual recipes which can only aid to inspire you to cook great food.
Published 6 months ago by Denny Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Holiday cooking
It's book will solve all my holiday cooking needs. Am taking it to our flat in Portugal to use for inspiration for evening meals and lazy lunches.
Published 7 months ago by G. C. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Cookbook .
I have owned this for a while now and have cooked many of the dishes. Utterly brilliant. Easy to follow but what's more absolutely delicious. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Dh Rees
3.0 out of 5 stars OK
OK simply that. There are better books on the subject e.g. Roden, Hartounian etc. etc. ets. Nice illustrations but I bought it to enlarge my knowledge of middle eastern and fusion... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Spinastar
5.0 out of 5 stars Good cook book
Excellent book with superb recipes and information. It contained all the info I wanted with recipes that were new to me.
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Let down by design
A strange, intriguing title for a book that sets out to intrigue and enchant, showcasing many dishes from the Middle East, North Africa and Mediterranean. Read more
Published 20 months ago by I. Darren
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Late Than Never
Why oh why didn't I buy this before? It's brilliant. The recipes are to die for. Buy it - and experience page after page of deliciousness!
Published on 21 Oct 2012 by Once Upon a Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous cookery book
A stunning, appetising and entertaining cookery book that provides a range of inspiring recipes with a Mediterranean flavour. Read more
Published on 11 Oct 2012 by S. Lumley
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual, Evocative
This is a wonderful cookbook, packed with unsual and massively evocative recipes. Cooking and eating from this book has the potential to take you on a culinary journey -- whether... Read more
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