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Stuffed Vine Leaves Saved My Life [Hardcover]

Nadia Sawalha
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Book Description

5 Mar 2010

In Stuffed Vine Leaves Saved My Life, Nadia Sawalha offers an authentic taste of the family kitchen. Growing up in an Anglo-Arab home, she learned, from an early age, the importance of feeding your family fabulous food. The mantra was always 'Good food, cooked with love, feeds the soul as well as the body.'

Every recipe in this book has already been enjoyed at the Sawalha kitchen table, having either been passed down through the generations or created by Nadia for her family and friends - from the Great Mussakhan, a delicious dish of roasted chicken, onion and spices, to her own must-try recipe for fabulous falafels. But there is always one key ingredient - every dish must have a story.

These stories, woven around the recipes, are peppered with the voices of a long and eccentric cast of family members. Just by opening the pages and dipping in, you'll feel as if you've been invited to one of the noisiest, funniest and tastiest family meals around.


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday (5 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385616937
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385616935
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 25.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Nadia Sawalha played Annie Palmer in Eastenders. In 2007 she won Celebrity Masterchef and then hosted Junior Masterchef. She reaches a combined audience of 2 million people a week through her columns in the Daily Mirror and in Best magazine. In addition to her regular appearances on Lorraine, she is the resident female cook on The Alan Titchmarsh Show, hosting her own 'Greedy Girl's Kitchen' section. Currently, she is also a panel member on ITV's Loose Women and hosts ITV's Sunday Scoop with Kaye Adams.

Photography © Nicky Johnston 2014

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"A heart-warming book, full of joyous family cooking" (Nigel Slater)

Book Description

Television's much-loved Nadia Sawalha shares her favourite Middle Eastern recipes for family and friends

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Customer Reviews

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You can tell Nadia really loves food! Me too... 14 Jan 2011
By Ariane5
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is the only full-price cookbook I have ever bought. I'm fairly new to cooking and on a low budget so I can't afford to spend money on cookery books when the Internet is accessible to me. But this book, which I picked up in a bookshop one day, was so impressive that I splashed out and bought it, cheaper, from Amazon

I LOVE food. I have always really enjoyed eating and anyone who has ever cooked for me has commented on how much I appreciate their food. Nadia Sawalha also loves food. She really genuinely loves cooking, eating and feeding others delicious food.

Two recipes which convinced me to buy the book are Egg and Twigs and Sage and sausage stuffing which Nadia says she eats "sometimes, only sometimes with creamy mashed potato and red wine sauce". As soon as I read that, I made it my next mission in life to get the ingredients necessary to make that delicious sounding dish which I knew would be a real pleasure to eat! It may or may not be a Michelin star quality recipe or a TV chef style recipe, but it is a delicious, easy, enticing FOOD LOVER'S recipe and that's the kind of food I want to eat and cook for the people I love.

The only chef I ever saw who has a real passion for food and eating is Jamie Oliver. Nadia Sawalha's love of all things culinary is staggering in comparison to his.

Nadia Sawalha knows well the science of cooking, and she is technically brilliant enough to have won Masterchef, but first and foremost, she is a pure lover of food. As a consequence, she cooks absolutely scrumptious food that I cannot wait to cook and eat too.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! 10 Mar 2010
Format:Hardcover
I'm not a great cook and tend to buy cookery books that look nice on my shelf, never to be opened. But this book has blown me away. It appealed to my usual cookery book purchasing self - beautiful to look at etc. But, when I got it home and had a quick flick in preparation for finding it a permanent place on my shelves, I was immediately drawn into the wonder of its pages. As others have said, the recipes are mouthwatering and that rare combination of being interesting and tempting but still accessible to the likes of me with my lack of cooking skills. And, what makes it just superspecial are the stories that go with every recipe. They are funny, heartwarming, illuminating views of a wonderful warm family life that revolves around the kitchen. I can't stop taking it out to read more and have managed to successfully cook several recipes already - Maddie's Magic Prawns are my favourite so far. Love it!
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great recipes that really come to life! 5 April 2010
Format:Hardcover
I bought this book after seeing Nadia Sawalha win Celebrity Master Chef, during which she cooked many amazing recipes. I have always been a fan of the Middle Eastern kitchen, and, sure enough, this cook book includes many great dishes of the Middle East. I love how this is more than a normal cook book, as Nadia Sawalha included many personal stories. Rather than just listing recipes, it's these personal stories about her heritage and family life that really make the recipes come to life. This plus the many great shots of her yummy recipes and of her family make this cook book a great inspiration to have in the kitchen or to give to anyone as a present.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful! 3 Aug 2010
By David
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A truly delightful book. Written in Ms Sawalha's usually cranky style. Manages to be part autobiography, part travel book and part cookbook all-in-one.

The Middle-eastern recipes work and are tasty and not too hard to make. I haven't tried many of the western dishes but they read well.

Highly recommended!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Bag 25 Sep 2011
By JD
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a lovely book, with lots of stories about Nadia Sawalha and her family, however I am not convinced it is a great cookbook, good just not great. The first recipe I tried was the stuffed vine leaves, now I had never eaten vine leaves before let alone cooked with them and I did struggle. I was dissapointed with the result and I knew I had made a mistake but couldn't see what as I had followed the instructions to the letter. Now in contrast the Mussakhan was one of the best dishes I have ever eaten, a roasted chicken on a Magical Carpet of bread, Onions and Sumac, really delicious, this was my first experience of Sumac and it was a good one.

It's a lovely book I would recommend to fans of Nadia Sawalha but if your looking for a great cookbook this might not be it, the book is full of Nadia's family favourites and is very charming with a few gems.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real treat 17 May 2010
By Simon
Format:Hardcover
What a lovely book. There are some wonderful recipes here, and the book is a real inspiration to get cooking. But what I really loved about this is the fact the Nadia is such a generous and funny writer. In addition to the recipes the book is packed full of photos and stories from her extended family life. There is a real warmth to this book. She obviously feels very strongly the importance of family, or sharing food (and laughter) together. I'm not sure I've felt quite so touched by a cookbook before, if that isn't an odd thing to say. This is a real heart warmer of a book, and is also excellent for filling the belly.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant! 3 May 2010
Format:Hardcover
I saw this book reviewed in a daily paper and decided to buy it straight away. It arrived in double quick time and I read it from cover to cover like a novel or autobiography. A really excellent read, the stories attached to the recipes are interesting and fun. I've made a few of the recipes all ready, Nanna's Balls is a favourite! I would recommend this book to anyone,Stuffed Vine Leaves Saved My Life the recipes all look fairly easy and use interesting ingredients - just my type of food. yummy!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Pressie for a man who has everything
Bought this for my dad for Christmas as he love all types of cooking. He loved it and, after reading it, so do I.
Published 3 months ago by Julie
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
I love the down to earth approach to cooking and the snippets of Nadia's family life. Everything I've tried so far has turned out well and delicious!!
Published 5 months ago by Cherry S J Philp
5.0 out of 5 stars Good cooking.
This book is so interesting not just for the food, but all the snippets about Nadia's family. Very easy book to read and follow.
Published 16 months ago by Sunny
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem, that will make your eyes twinkle and your tummy smile
Nadia Sawalha's, Stuffed Vine leaves saved my life is an absolute gem on so many levels. As a book it is beautiful the food is so well photographed you can almost smell the... Read more
Published on 11 Mar 2012 by Alison
1.0 out of 5 stars Arabic food for a Western palate
I've scrapped my original review for this book. DON'T BUY THIS BOOK. If you review it negatively, Nadia's husband will verbally abuse you too (see his comment below).
Published on 28 Sep 2011 by Flower petal
3.0 out of 5 stars Great read, not a great cook book!
I bought this as a potential present for a friend but liked the look of it so much I kept it! It really is a lovely read and great to look at too. Read more
Published on 10 May 2011 by JH
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS BOOK
I bought this book for ME. I love just flicking through it, and the tastes and smells of all the ingredients just jump off the page at you. Very well written and presented. Read more
Published on 14 Jan 2011 by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read with Recipes
I brought this book back in April and I can say that was money well spent. The reason being not only has Nadia provided a collection of her family recipes from stuffed vine leaves... Read more
Published on 22 Oct 2010 by Sofia
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
I have far too many cookbooks and my resolution for this year was not to buy any more. I'd stuck to my resolution pretty well until I borrowed Nadia's book from the library. Read more
Published on 26 Sep 2010 by Bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Stuffed Vine Leaves Saved My Life
A Great book it gives you inspiration and motivation to change your eating habits
and your way of life.
Some great recipes and life changing ideas. Read more
Published on 30 Aug 2010 by J. Nuttall
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