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The Jewelled Kitchen: A Stunning Collection of Lebanese, Moroccan and Persian Recipes [Hardcover]

Bethany Kehdy
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11 July 2013
Kehdy's cookbook is an inspired collection of classics and innovative dishes... original, thoughtful and delicious. Go get it! - Yotam Ottolenghi

Bethany's distinctive modern take on Middle Eastern classics is an absolute joy! - Greg Malouf

"In the Middle East, cooking is a truly intuitive art form ...There is a saying that if you run with your senses, especially your sense of smell, that you will find inspiration. It is never about exact measurements, and always about instinct." The Jewelled Kitchen takes you on an unforgettable adventure of Middle Eastern and North African cuisines. We are all familiar with a few mezze favourites - hummus, falafel, tabbouleh and stuffed vine leaves - but Bethany offers up a whole host of other treasures. From Tuna Tartare with Chermoula and Sumac-Scented Chicken Parcels, to Cardamom-Scented Profiteroles and Ma'amoul Shortbread Cookies, here are mouth-watering dishes for you to try. Bethany's recipes stem from her childhood, as she mixes traditional country fare with cosmopolitan feasts, and adds contemporary twists. In this book she unveils a culinary heritage that is as rich as it is diverse.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Watkins Publishing LTD (11 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848990626
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848990623
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 19.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bethany Kehdy is a Lebanese-American food explorer most notably known by her popular Middle Eastern food blog, Dirty Kitchen Secrets. Born in Houston, Texas to an American mother and a Lebanese father, Bethany grew up in Lebanon during the country's most volatile civil war years.

To shelter from the war, her family retreated to the mountains of Lebanon where her father set up an eclectic farm on the ancestral land. For a great part of her childhood, Bethany helped to water orchards, harvest fruits and vegetables, chase after chicken, make cheese, and even milk the odd cow.

After competing in Miss Lebanon 2001 and proudly representing Lebanon in Miss World 2002, Bethany traveled the world and built a career around her enthusiasm for Middle Eastern food. Bethany has spent the last 5 years heating up the kitchen and establishing herself as the most provocative Middle Eastern cook online, bringing together her childhood memories of traditional Middle Eastern cuisine and interpreting it in a fresh, modern approach, all the while incorporating her well-traveled palate.

Bethany's debut cookbook on Middle Eastern cuisine entitled The Jewelled Kitchen (Duncan Baird Publishing) was released on July 4th in Europe, the Middle East and Australia. It was selected as Cookbook of the Week by The Telegraph and featured in The Times and Forbes.

In 2010 Bethany launched Taste Lebanon culinary journeys across Lebanon and in 2009 founded Food Blogger Connect, the world's leading international food blogging conference. Bethany lives in the West Country of England with her British husband and splits her time between Lebanon, England and the rest of the world.

Bethany has appeared on several cookery shows in the UK, including the popular Market Kitchen: Big Adventure and Perfect, and has cooked for and held live cooking demonstrations at Foodies Festival (Bristol & Battersea), Balade Restaurant (NYC), Tawlet (Beirut) & L'atelier des Chefs (London) hosted by Wines of Lebanon. Bethany was selected by Monocle Mediterraneo 2012 as one of the four 'Mediterranean Food Ambassadors', representing Lebanon and is the ambassador of Freekehlicious in their North American Market.

Her work has been featured in many international publications including The Times, The Telegraph, CNN Travel, The Guardian, Conde Nast Traveller, Food & Travel Magazine, Bon Appetit, London Evening Standard, Delicious Magazine and countless others.

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Kehdy's cookbook is an inspired collection of classics and innovative dishes from a part of the world which, at the moment, is enjoying its overdue place in the sun. Her contribution and original, thoughtful and delicious. Go get it! - Yottam Ottolenghi

Bethany's distinctive modern take on Middle Eastern classics is an absolute joy! --- Greg Malouf

Bethany's distinctive modern take on Middle Eastern classics is an absolute joy! --Greg Malouf

About the Author

Bethany Kehdy is a pioneer of today's new Middle Eastern cuisine. Currently taking the internet by storm with her notable food blog, dirtykitchensecrets.com, she also has a devoted following on Twitter and Facebook. Bethany works as a recipe developer, food and travel writer, and she leads culinary tours across Lebanon and organizes Food Blogger Connect.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different and brilliant 24 July 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I've followed the blog that is behind this book for a few years after coming across it looking for some vaguely Middle Eastern recipe.

Since then I have made many of the dishes that Bethany has featured on her site - and they have always been delicious.

I knew nothing about this type of cuisine but I gather that her recipes mix the traditional Middle Eastern classics, basics and methods with a little bit of modern interpretation. Wherever she is getting her ideas from, it's working. Refined yet simple to cook dishes full of new and tantalising flavours.

And, with the news that she had been asked to write a book, I was ready and waiting. If anything, the book is better than the blog. Stuffed with great food to dive into it's a visual feast of ideas. I only received it yesterday but have been drooling over it constantly since. Tonight I am tackling 'Auntie Anwar's Mansaf Risotto' a sharing plate of lamb and rice hopped up on spices. Can't wait, but there are many I want to try.

If you're open to new food experiences Bethany's cooking is a great window on a cuisine that we don't usually embrace in the west - and her book is a brilliant resource.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great traditional Lebanese food 6 Sep 2013
Format:Hardcover
Long-time food blogger Bethany Kehdy has long sought to bring Middle Eastern food to the British Isles. Forsaking the current fusion craze, Kehdy argues that delicious, basic Lebanese food has not been properly introduced to the British. As a result, The Jewelled Kitchen focuses on a broad range of the foods of Kehdy's childhood in Lebanon.

Kehdy branches out beyond the Middle Eastern appetizers that most people are familiar with (or mezze as it's called in Lebanon.), although the recipes for the obligatory hummus and baba ghanoush are in there, the variety of seafood, poultry and vegetarian dishes shows that there's an amazing variety in flavours - definitely not the dry, bland food I would have envisioned from supermarket hummus.

Kehdy is the founder of Food Blogger Connect, the only specific food blogging conference outside the US, the creator of Taste Lebanon (a food tour of traditional and modern Lebanese cooking) and her blog Dirty Little Kitchen Secrets serves as a to-do guide for Middle Eastern cooking novices. She also represented Lebanon in 2002's Miss World competition. Only time with tell if The Jewelled Kitchen is at the forefront of a Middle Eastern cooking revolution - but it's certainly poised to become the go-to guide for Irish cooks looking for an easy and authentic Lebanese experience.

Stand out recipes: hummus (easy and authentic, Kehdy notes tinned chickpeas just won't do it), minced lamb and onion pasties (puts the Cornish pasty to shame) and mussels in arak (a lovely spiced taste on an Irish staple).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Having grown up with a Greek Cypriot father above a Greek restaurant in London, I'm well versed in the cuisine of the Eastern Mediterranean. As such, it's a pleasure to find a book like this - taking the familiar yet adding the author's own personal touch, taste and flair into each and every recipe. Whether it be the duck shawarma, the venison nests with cherry, or the delightful orange salad which lights up the front cover, the flavours used are both nostalgic yet contemporary and fun.

What's more, the photography is fantastic throughout, bringing each recipe to life while the author's background introduction is a fascinating tale of ambivalence; longing for a homeland which has known so much conflict and using cooking as a way to express that feeling. Reading it brought shivers to the neck and an understanding of what the Lebanese might diaspora experience through the medium of food!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Middle Eastern adventure 30 July 2013
Format:Hardcover
For someone who is mostly used to East European cuisine, like me, this book will be a true adventure. It will most likely change the way you look at the Middle Eastern cuisine and might make you experiment much more.

You might not like sweet stuff with your meat, have no idea what `sumac' is or it might seem crazy to you to prepare rice dish with `crispy bottom' (not mentioning, that traditionally, it takes two hours to do that) and you say that parsley is good for soups only, right?

Well, get a bottle of wine (preferably lebanese), open this book, find some recipe with your favourite ingredient and cook it.

I bet, you'll end up like me - finishing very easily portion for four people of Stuffed squid with fennel - all on my own, with no shame and great pleasure!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best cookbook I have ever owned!! 30 July 2013
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Bethany Kehdy has created a beautiful cookbook with great illustrations and easy to follow recipes.

This is so important to me when trying to cook something I have never cooked before. Mouth watering dishes with wonderful exciting ingredients.

I just love all the recipes and will en-devour to work my way through the whole mouth watering dishes.

Thumbs up for this book and I cannot wait for the next one!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good! 25 July 2013
By shazzer
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Just received this today. Really good book with lovely recipes and detailed explanation of the various sauces, spices mixes, pickles, etc. to get you going. I have Ottolenghi's Jerusalem; along with this book, I think I'm pretty much sorted for Middle Eastern and North African cooking!
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5.0 out of 5 stars been looking for a good book on Middle east Cooking
I have, for some time now, been looking for a good book on Middle east Cooking. This is the one! It has some lovely recipes and is easy to follow.
Published 2 days ago by dilo
5.0 out of 5 stars A delight!
This is a wonderful cookery book. It fits very well onto my phablet and I can view it and see every word. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars cinders
Seems a good book. I liked it so much I bought the hard back edition. I like to actually read cook books as well as have the recipies out of them. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cinders
5.0 out of 5 stars A real find
Delicious middle eastern dishes. Easy to follow recipes - definitely a jewel of a book to have in any kitchen
Published 2 months ago by s c gallimore
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Me being Moroccan and having lived in the Middle East before, I just love this book. I recognize most of the recipes there and I love the little twists..It's nice to have
Published 3 months ago by Nada-K-Y
5.0 out of 5 stars some tasty receipes....
...and a great book to follow, colourful and well laid out, made me salivate just looking at the recipes - buy it!
Published 3 months ago by Mrs Katie Arscott
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretty cover encloses a very poor cookbook.
The cover will attract many; it is gorgeous. The contents are very disappointing indeed. There are exceptions but in the main this book is not going to get you an authentic... Read more
Published 5 months ago by flycatcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!
Really great book, reminded me of my childhood and of recipes my mum and aunties used to cook!!! Its middle eastern cooking with a modern twist. Definitely recommend it.
Published 5 months ago by S Al-Sayyah
5.0 out of 5 stars Great illustrations and simple tasty food
I love this cookbook. The illustrations are fabulous and colour rich, it is a feast for the eyes. There are so ingredients which are not going to be found in your average food... Read more
Published 6 months ago by ribenaberry2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning
Buy this book it is full of great ideas and a book you won't put down. Bought extra copies to give as gifts, I am working my way through every page.
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