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Middle Eastern Cookery [Paperback]

Arto Der Haroutunian
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30 Sep 2010
All Arto der Haroutunian's twelve cookbooks written in the 1980s became classics; it was his belief that the rich culinary tradition of the Middle East is the main source of many of our Western cuisines and his books were intended as an introduction to that tradition. His "Middle Eastern Cookery" is regarded as the seminal work on the subject but it had been out of print for twenty years with second hand copies on offer for over four hundred pounds, such was its scarcity and popularity. At last here in a new redesigned paperback edition is "The Middle Eastern Cookbook" that everyone wants. It is a book containing every possible recipe from the Middle East - there are dishes from the plains of Georgia, from Afganistan, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Persia and Armenia. It is written in the same wonderful style as his other classic cookbooks; peppered with anecdotes on life, food and culture. He guides us first round the mezze table and then leads us on to recipes for soups, salads, savouries, pilaffs, kebabs, casseroles and grills that make the best use of meat, fish and poultry. He teaches the cook about the different spices that are favoured by different countries - mint for Armenia, cumin for Iran and with each recipe comes a piece of history or a fable which makes this a book to read as well as an unequalled collection of recipes.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Grub Street; Reprint edition (30 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906502943
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906502942
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 17 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Arto der Haroutunian's classic was regarded as a seminal work on a rich culinary tradition. At last, here's a redesigned new edition of the cookbook everone want.' Delicious 'Much admired...covers an impressively disparate range of cultures.' The Independent on Sunday 'Peppered with anecdotes on life, food, and Middle Eastern culture, this book will provide real foodies with a classic they can enjoy for years to come.' --The Oxford Times

Beautifully written with plenty of ideas for even the most jaded cooks --John Lewis, Waterstones

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm so glad this book has been reprinted :-) 14 Jan 2009
By Mrs. H. V. Minor VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a wonderful cookbook and should never be allowed to go out of print again! I am of part-Armenian origin but have never had the fortune to travel to Armenia and to be able to tap into the cuisine of my father's country and culture in this way fills a big gap in the knowledge of my personal heritage. None of the dishes are difficult to make and some are really unusual, stuffed melon, for example. I have made this dish and it's a revelation: you think it will taste sweet because it contains, sugar, raisins and cinnamon, but also lamb (or beef), so it's a savoury dish and all these wonderful, fragrant ingredients are stuffed into a cantaloupe or honeydew melon! It is delicious. Arto reminds us of a Turkish saying: "Only an Armenian would stuff a melon, cry over a large chunk of rock (i.e. Mount Ararat, the symbol of Armenia) and claim all defeats are really victories." Well, it makes me proud to be part Armenian :-) Not all the recipes are from Armenia, however, and the lucky reader will find recipes from all over the Middle East - they are all so much worth taking the time to get to know.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The aroma of authenticity! 17 Dec 2009
Format:Hardcover
When I was invited to review this book, I had no idea that the author was quite so prolific. I haven't even had an opportunity to try the others yet! Okay, so the photos are lacking but, let's face it, would you knock any classic novel for not being in child-sized print or for having no cartoons? No, of course not. I wanted a genuine, tried-and-trusted set of new recipes from the Levant, and the eastern seaboard of the Med to compliment the better known fare from Greece and Italy and that is exactly what this delivered. I'm not the world's best chef but I have managed just fine so far. Love it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Kitchen Bible 20 May 2009
By Mo
Format:Hardcover
This is my second copy. I wore out the other to bits! Every recipe has been a success. Loved by family & friends.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 9 May 2009
Format:Hardcover
my copy from 1987 has just about fallen apart from over use, glad to get a new copy, best cooking book i have ever brought.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Middle Eastern Cookery- A MUST HAVE!! 11 Jan 2009
By Zebedee
Format:Hardcover
How refreshing to discover an authentic cookery book that encompasses so many diverse ingredients and flavours. Reading the introductions to the recipes forms an interesting insight into the origins of the dishes and this timeless book incorporates easy to follow, innovative Middle Eastern recipes that appeal to all palates!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable recipes and enjoyable reading for all! 17 Jan 2009
Format:Hardcover
One of the most interesting and enjoyable cookbooks I have picked up in a while. Not only are all the recipes well presented and described but the anecdotes and proverbs of the different cultures in the Middle East, which Arto so colourfully describes, add that extra bit of spice!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Available at last! 6 Jan 2009
By PK
Format:Hardcover
Top of my Christmas list for this year and well worth the wait! Another fantastic book from Arto, beautifully laid out and packed full of unusual recipes. Favourites of mine and highly recommended are his lulu kebab, a classic Armenian favourite and lahma-bi-ageen - a wonderful starter. I believe that Arto wrote many fine cookery books before his untimely death and sincerely hope that more of these amazing works continue to be re-printed in the near future.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Middle-Eastern Cookbook I have. 29 July 2007
Format:Paperback
Quite a few years ago I bought a copy of this wonderful classic. It was the First Edition of this book, and my First Introduction to Middle-Eastern food. My husband is from the Middle East, and I have referred to this book time and time again. It is a book containing every possible recipe from the Middle East, and has been written in the same wonderful style as Mr Arto's other classic cookbooks. I like the fact that this book seems to contain the whole gamut of near-east cooking, and it is once again peppered with anecdotes on life, food and culture. If you are looking for glossy pictures of the finished dish, you won't find them here. What you WILL find though is one of the most extensive and authentic collections of Middle Eastern recipes.

Sadly Mr Arto passed away a number of years ago. Being an admirer of his work I tracked down his other titles through Amazon, and the recipes never ever fail to delight friends and family. The marinades, stuffed vegetables, crisp pastries and honey-doused desserts are full of Eastern Promise. I can't tell you how many times I have been asked for the recipes. I first attempted to make Konafa, a speciality pastry with a recipe from this book. It was easy to make, and the finished pastry was superb. This particular title contains the very best of Mr Arto der Haroutunian's unique recipes. It is a collector's item. I am also delighted to hear that this classic is going to be re-printed this year. My copy is rather worn and some of the pages are dog-eared, so it's maybe time I replaced it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply superb
If you love middle eastern food then this is a must have. No pictures but well laid out and very clearly explained recipes. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Alison Towers
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any foodie with a special interest in the Levant.
Authoritative and inspirational, the sort of cookery book that impels you to put tantalising and exotic food on the table even from the most every day ingredients.
Published 4 months ago by Thea
5.0 out of 5 stars Middle East in a book.
I lived in the Middle East many years ago but was too young to remember too much.This book really opened my eyes to the delights of foods from many countries.
Published 11 months ago by Mrs.C.Sibson
5.0 out of 5 stars Middle Eastern Cookery (Paperback)
This is one of the most authentic books on middle eastern cookery I have read. It reminds with how my mother cooked for us. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Zoro
4.0 out of 5 stars Interestingly written and enticing
I enjoyed this beautifully produced book, it is a good read as well as offering authentic recipes.
Interesting to get used to a cokkery book again without illustrtaions on... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mrs. C. A. Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars WoW!
This is a fabulous book. I have many Middle Eastern cookbooks and this so far is the most superior. Thoroughly researched and packed with numerous Middle Eastern delights. Read more
Published 14 months ago by ReshmiZulphay
4.0 out of 5 stars All that's required
Containing everything and anything you need to know about Eastern Cookery. Written with love and passion and including loads of interesting cultural and historical information. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Lavalla
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Really glad I ordered this. I haven't used any of the recipes yet but I know enough about cooking to know they will work. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Henrietta
5.0 out of 5 stars A middle eastern treat
This is a delightful cookery book, well laid-out and clear. However, no photos, so if that's important to you, try something else. Read more
Published on 12 Jan 2012 by G. Mullin
5.0 out of 5 stars The new edition of the cookbook everyone wants
It was out of print for 20 years, but second-hand copies changed hands for over 400. At last, here's a redesigned new edition of the cookbook everyone wants. Read more
Published on 22 Dec 2011 by Danny Marbella
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