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Silk Road Cooking: A Vegetarian Journey [Paperback]

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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Mage Publishers; 2 edition (1 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933823402
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933823409
  • Product Dimensions: 28.4 x 21.3 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 413,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is at once an exploration, a celebration, and a little-known tale of unity. It presents 150 delicious vegetarian dishes that together trace a fascinating story of culinary linkage. As renowned cookbook writer and teacher Najmieh Batmanglij explains, all have their origins along the ancient network of trade routes known as the Silk Road, stretching from China in the east to the Mediterranean in the west. On this highway moved not just trade goods but also ideas, customs, tastes and such basics of life as cooking ingredients. The result was the connecting and enrichment of dozens of cuisines. In Silk Road Cooking: A Vegetarian Journey, Najmieh Batmanglij recounts that process and brings it into the modern kitchen in the form of recipes that are venturesome and yet within reach of any cook. They are intended for vegetarian, partial-vegetarian and non-vegetarian alike-anyone who is looking for balanced, unusual and exceptionally tasty dishes. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 24 Aug 2012
By Kiki
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A must have for all culinary travelers. This book has a lovely narrative, stunning photographs and a great selection of recipes, spanning from Sicily through Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, to India and China. But in no ways is this one of those 'fusion' cookbooks that mixes cultures: on the contrary, it spins a silken thread through these diverse yet linked cultures, giving you a sense of what you are cooking, culturally.
The recipes are easy to follow and measurements precise.
I highly recommend this book - if even only for your table top!
Only afterwards did I become aware that it was strictly vegetarian - you couldn't miss meat less.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not only a great cookbook but a journey through cultures! 27 Sep 2002
By "cakirogn" - Published on Amazon.com
I was fascinated by all the earlier books by Mrs. Batmanglij but her latest book has a special place in my heart. I cannot do enough to highlight this book's difference from the majority of other cookbooks that are out there.
This is not only a flawless book with a vegetarian approach, but its approach is one of great originality: The beautiful recipes are accompanied by even more beautiful pictures and stories of the land and its people. It leaves us with so many great choices to try, designed to fit any situation: Georgian Stuffed Tomatoes for a warm a fall evening, and Sweet and Sour soup for a cold winter night.
Unlike many other cookbooks, this book takes us to the world it is borrowing its recipes from: the Silk Road, a world where different culinary cultures are and have been connected to each other, crossing the mountains and deserts of Central Asia to connect East Asia and the Mediterranean. In a way not known to many of us, the Silk Road was an important cultural crossroads and this book celebrates that.
Get this book, and you will not only have gotten a great cookbook with recipes of wonderful tasting recipes covering a great part of the world, but you will also be exposed to a beautiful culture - more so a mix of many cultures- that you will be able to see through the beautifully placed stories and pictures.
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than a cook book - a Silk Road Spell 24 Sep 2002
By Marlyne Sahakian - Published on Amazon.com
This book is simply magical and quite unique. It carries you on a timeless culinary journey from Genoa to Shanghai, weaving in the mystical writings of Rumi, beautiful pictures of local people, anecdotes that make the rich heritage of the Silk Road come to life, and recipes with pictures that -- well, you just might start smelling the pages.
This is my third cook book by Mrs Batmanglij and I'm so happy to finally have a vegetarian approach to some Middle Eastern and oriental recipes. Not only will you learn about wonderful and creative dishes, you are guaranteed a flawless recipe, uncomplicated and easy to follow.
Get ready to take a long and wonderful journey with every bite. You'll be under the spell the second you open the book...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good enough to eat 6 July 2007
By M. Strawn - Published on Amazon.com
The author obviously spent a great deal of time researching the book, as it is full of not only fascinating recipes, but descriptions of their history, legends of the Silk Road, and a great array of photos of the dishes and of various culinary practices of the highlighted cultures. Great fun to skim through even when you're not prepared to cook anything.

Everything I've made from the book has been delicious. That being said, there are numerous recipes with ingredients that are either difficult to find outside of the region the dish is from (such as unripe grapes), or ones that will take up space in your pantry forever because you only use them for one or two recipes (pomegranate paste, ground angelica petals, and so on). A free hand with substitutions is vital and fortunately the author has provided details about this in the glossary in the back.

This book is a great accompaniment to the first CD in The Silk Road: A Musical Caravan
26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Silk Road Cooking: A Vegetarian Journey 11 Sep 2002
By xiaopo huang - Published on Amazon.com
Najmieh Batmanglij's Silk Road Cooking is a valuable addition to the great treasure house of Silk Road culture. With remarkable insight, a wealth of facinating information combined with beautifully nuanced stories of the land and its people, the author takes us along with her on this most rewarding journey of culinary discovery.
I have the pleasure of collecting all of Najmieh's cook books over the years, and I have tried many of her recipes in this and other books with joy and pride. In this book, the Silk Road is not a fabled tale of exchanges of wealth between the East and the West, but something we can see, we can touch and we can taste! In a cool night, make yourself a bowl of that simple and cozy Beijing Hot& sour noodle soup; or try Persian noodle soup garnished with garlic, onion, mint and yogurt, my favourate winter treat. To your perfect lunch/dinner party, complete it with Najemieh's Georgian rice salad with tart cherries or Amoli rice salad with barberries. They are easy to make, pretty to look at, taste wonderful, and they are absolutely great crowd-pleasers at any parties.
Get the book, try the recipes yourself and you will get that I-can-do-it-too joy and pride.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A meal in itself... 25 Feb 2006
By Linda Hedrick - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is delicious! There are excellent photos of both the dishes and the different areas and peoples of the Silk Road, The text is interesting, with information about history, cultures, cooking techniques, and food items. I appreciate that the recipes are not complicated or particularly labor-intensive. I have tried three so far, and all three were hits. I have a large collection of cookbooks, but if I had to start all over again, this one would be one of my first buys.
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