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  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Just World Books (12 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935982230
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935982234
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.9 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Laleh Khalili on 23 Feb 2014
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A wonderful cookbook which introduces even those of us who know something about Middle Eastern food to the distinct food of Gaza. What makes Gazan food distinct is that it contains a lot more chilli, and dill, and a more peppery, herby, lemony flavour. Also, the recipes for the seafood are pretty incredible - and for vegetarians, so many of the recipes are delicious, protein-rich, and complex.

Don't listen to the reviewer who calls this "a thin magazine"- in the 130 page book, each page contains 2 or 3 recipes, each very distinct, and each promising mouthwatering pleasures!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anon on 24 Aug 2014
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This book does not look as polished and amazingly stylised as Silvena Rowe's book but I was pleasantly surprised at how unique the dishes were in this book. I think if you love Middle Eastern cuisine like I do, you'll be very impressed with the recipes in this book. I was expecting local versions of Houmous and Baba Ghanouj but the book goes beyond that to ingredients such as Frikah (green bulgur wheat, I've always seen it in the specialist supermarkets and not known how it's used traditionally) and Kishik (a big dried ball of very salty goat's milk yoghurt that is used as a base flavouring, delicious!). I bought the book wanting to expand how I use Middle Eastern cooking techniques, the first chapter gives you a good grounding of the basic preparations used in most dishes to build on, so I think if you're a beginner then you can make quite a few of the basic dishes easily. I'm quite happy that I've learnt more than I expected to from a Middle Eastern cook book and the ingredients and cooking styles also give you a good idea of how people live in that area and their culture, which I think adds more to your cooking. Very impressed.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Andrew L. Karney on 28 Dec 2012
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Laila El-Haddad and Maggie Schmitt have exceeded all expectations with a truly magnificent book about the unique cuisine of Gaza. The are other books about Palestinian Cuisine; but the cuisine of Gaza is distinctly different. The population of Gaza comprises those families that have always lived there and those families who came to Gaza as refugees in 1948 and in 1967. These populations, with their unique cuisines and traditional ingredients, is what makes the cooking one can find in Gaza something so very special.

The Gaza Kitchen is not simply a recipe book, though it contains some wonderful recipes, it is a book about the food of Gaza and the origins of that food.

What also makes this book so special are the brilliant photographs of some of the dishes, the raw food and the people and culture of Gaza.

Gaza is a prison camp of 1.6 million people who live under some of the harshest conditions and blockaded from land sea and air. It all the more incredible that the spirit of the people of Gaza have preserved and treasured their culinary traditions along with various other forms of their culture.

Laila and Maggie (together with Just World Boks) have done a magnificent job in researching, writing and producing this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Annie.m on 15 Jun 2013
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I didn't know what to expect from this book after hearing about it on a radio show.
Somehow I felt impelled to order it.
What a surprise! I loved the recipes and have made several dishes now. The recipes are easy to follow. If you don't live in an urban centre most of the ingredients can be bought in the larger supermarkets.
What really spoke to me in this book but also saddened me was the social and political history. What horrified me were the individual stories of land dispossession and the wanton destruction of a natural resource and so many peoples livelihoods.
However, what comes through these stories is a sense of human resilience displayed by these courageous women and their fabulous food.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bethany Kehdy on 27 May 2014
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This is not just a compilation of recipes but also an honest reportage on the struggles of everyday Palestinians and a showcase of their resilience and genuine love and respect for their culinary heritage as they are forced to adapt under immense hardships. Full of fantastic recipes and moving insights- a great documentation of important traditions.
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This book is good enough to eat: it's beautifully produced & the photos are stunning. It's illustration of life for the women of Gaza is very good.(I wonder how the contributors fared in the latest Israeli assault upon them.I have only tried one recipe so far, partly because I don't want to risk damage in the kitchen; that dish was an improvement on my own version, so I will have to try more.Maybe I'll have to have 2 copies,one for use & one for show.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gamegirl on 17 Feb 2014
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authentic recipes and stories ( I have lived in Gaza). Spread the word- a good present for xmas for friends/family
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David on 15 Jun 2013
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We only received this book this book today but a quick flick through the pages shows that is well written and is packed full with hundreds of mouth-watering recipes and we are looking forward to trying most of them over the coming months. Photographs are excellent too.
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