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A Middle Eastern Feast (Penguin Great Food) [Paperback]

Claudia Roden
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7 April 2011
Throughout the history of civilization, food has been more than simple necessity. In countless cultures, it has been livelihood, status symbol, entertainment - and passion. In the GREAT FOOD series, Penguin brings you the finest food writing from the last 400 years, and opens the door to the wonders of every kitchen.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (7 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241951119
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241951118
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 178,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In 1932 Italian Futurist Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, proposed a revolution in food. Described by Elizabeth David as a 'publication of preposterous new dishes', The Futurist Cookbook is one of the most unusal books on food published during the twentieth century, written as an artistic endeavour, it flirted with Fascist ideals, and challenged all the rules of previous cooking, especially those of Pellegrino Artusi. The Futurist project was advanced with cries of 'Death to Pasta', the abandonment of knives and forks and one of the best artistic jokes of the century.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, achievable and classic recipes 17 May 2011
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I can't lie; this book is small and pictureless, but I'd worked that out before I bought it. However, it's a wonderful collection of evocative food memories, background information and straightforward authentic recipes. There are one or two recipes which need obscure ingredients eg konafa pastry, but everything else is easily sourced in a medium sized supermarket.

It's a tiny bit frustrating that there's no index, but the book is divided into sections: mezze, savoury pastry, soups etc with 3-5 recipes in each so it is possible to leaf through to find or not find what you want.

If you're looking for a middle-eastern cookery bible with every dish imaginable, this is not for you. You'll need to buy something expensive. If you are happy with some good writing and approachable recipes to give a flavour of this cuisine then it's well worth the money.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely handbook 1 July 2013
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This is the perfect book for beginners re. middle eastern cuisine and an useful book re. reference for anyone who enjoys the food. As always, written in clear and enticing style by the redoubtable Claudia Roden.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good little selection of recipes 7 May 2014
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Well explained recipes, nice selection of essential Middle Eastern dishes that everybody should try. Claudia Roden is very knowledgeable, recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book, good service 29 Dec 2012
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I am enjoying dipping in and out of this book. It has some interesting notes both as a foreword and for the recipes.
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