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Tamarind & Saffron: Favourite Recipes from the Middle East (Penguin Cookery Library) [Paperback]

Claudia Roden
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2 Nov 2000 Penguin Cookery Library

Become captivated by Claudia Roden's middle eastern delights in Tamarind & Saffron.

"I don't think there's a recipe I don't want to cook in TAMARIND & SAFFRON" Nigella Lawson

Aubergines in a spicy honey sauce; baby onions in tamarind; sweet jewelled rice; and saffron caramel cream. These are just some of the sumptuous recipes in Claudia Roden's collection of new and updated recipes, suffused with all the heat, spice and sensual aromatics of the Middle East.

Claudia Roden's Book of Middle Eastern Food (1968) was written for readers who had never eaten an aubergine, let alone cooked one. Today, Middle Eastern foods are enjoying amazing popularity, largely thanks to Roden's books. In Tamarind and Saffron, Claudia Roden has brought together a fresh collection of recipes for this new generation of cooks, illustrated throughout with luscious photography.

Praise for Claudia Roden:

'Claudia Roden is no more a simple cookbook writer than Marcel Proust was a biscuit baker. She is, rather, memorialist, historian, ethnographer, anthropologist, essayist, poet ...' Simon Schama

'Every one of Claudia's books introduced us to a delicious new world' Sam and Sam Clarke 'Roden's great gift is to conjure up not just a cuisine but the culture from which it springs' Nigella Lawson

'Claudia Roden's writing has the fascination of her conversation. Her books are treasure-houses of information and mines of literary pleasures' Observer

As well as writing cookbooks and presenting cooking shows on the BBC, Claudia Roden is also a cultural anthropologist based in the United Kingdom. Born and brought up in Cairo, she finished her education in Paris before moving to London to study art. With the publication of her bestselling classic, A Book of Middle Eastern Food in 1968, Claudia Roden revolutionized Western attitudes to the cuisines of the Middle East. Since then she has published nine other books, including the award winning classic, The Book of Jewish Food, and has won no fewer than six Glenfiddich awards for her writing. Her other books include Arabesque, A Book of Middle Eastern Food, The Food of Italy, Mediterranean Cookery and The Food of Spain.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (2 Nov 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140466940
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140466942
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The ravishing cover of Tamarind and Saffron, brilliant yellow quinces in a blue-glazed dish, hints at the pleasures within its covers. Claudia Roden has subtitled the book "Favourite Recipes from the Middle East", and it is no more and no less than this. Eschewing the broad historical and geographical panorama that so enriched The Book of Jewish Food, she concentrates solely on the food, putting together a collection of recipes from the Middle East that are light, fresh, delicious and immensely evocative. The enticing aromas of North Africa rise from its pages, expressed in the differing spice-dialects of the national cuisines--the coriander, cinnamon, cumin, honey, orange-blossom water, preserved lemon, mint. The dishes range from the simplest of mezze to elaborate feast dishes but there is nothing that is remotely difficult. At the minimalist end of the scale, "Squid with Garlic and Chillies" is just that--the three briefly fried together; "Artichokes, Broad Beans and Almonds" combines unexpected ingredients to exquisite effect; and the Quince Dessert simply poaches the fruit in a light syrup, allowing its magical flavour to predominate. More demanding dishes include the spectacular " Pigeons Stuffed with Cous cous", the very elegant "Turkish Lamb Stew with Aubergine Cream Sauce" and "Roast Leg of Lamb with Meat, Rice and Nut Stuffing" (standing for that grandest of Arab dishes, whole stuffed baby lamb). And then there are the sweet dishes. This is an endlessly fascinating book, its deceptive simplicity masking a profound knowledge of the region's food. Really, as critics tend to say, one could cook from it forever. --Robin Davidson

About the Author

Claudia Roden has won many prestigious prizes including six Glenfiddich awards, including the Glenfiddich Trophy for "having single-handedly introduced the Western palate to Middle Eastern cuisine". Her seminal books include A BOOK OF MIDDLE EASTERNFOOD and THE BOOK OF JEWISH FOOD. She lives in Finchley, North London.

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
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I wanted to try Moroccan cookery and was delighted to be given this book as a present. The recipes are clear and easy to follow, many of them can be cooked in advance and the illustrations are lovely - and almost realistic. None of the ones I have tried have failed to delight (my partner asks me to mention especially the Saffron Caramel Cream on p 187). Most of the ingredients have been readily available - even in the provincial outreaches of Leeds (OK so I can't find frozen artichoke bottoms but that's my fault, right, for not living in London - use fresh ones instead from local allotments garden shop!) I have been inspired to ask - and receive - a tagine cooking pot for Christmas and to move on to more dedicated books on specific cuisine such as Moroccan Cuisine by Paula Wolfert. An excellent follow up to, if not in the same league as, The Book of Jewish Food.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to cook recipes from the Middle East 8 Sep 2001
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This is a wonderful book full of easy to cook recipes that taste delicious and will impress your family and friends. The dishes taste exotic but use ingredients that are easily available in most supermarkets. The book includes recipes for salads, soups, main dishes, vegetables and desserts. My sister spent years learning how to cook like this in the Middle East. I can now (almost) reach her standard by using this book.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
This is the first time that I read a book by Claudia Roden and I was very impressed by it. I have tried about half a dozen recipes from this book within a two week period. The instructions are very simple to follow and the end results are delicious. The only suggestion that I would like to make is to insert a section with explanations of all the spices and ingredients somewhere in the book.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great cookery writer 17 Sep 2009
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We already owned a copy of this. A friend came to stay and we recommended and bought one for her. Had to Amazon to find a copy as it's now out of print. This is just the kind of food we like, not too pretentious and high on taste.
Certainly worth a reprint.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book 23 Jan 2014
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Got this for a friend who was interested in cooking middle eastern food but is an amateur cook. She found the book inspiring and everything was really easy to make, easy to follow recipes, and the way it is written makes you want to eat everything in it. Would really recommend this to anyone wanting to cook middle eastern food.
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