on 19 May 2012
I am a great fan of the Lucy and Greg Malouf's work but this book contains a substantial number of recipes that have featured in their other books. Also, the type is terrible - pale and very difficult to read. I find myself peering at the text. Design-wise it is cold - their other books are very 'coffee table' and this one is even more so, though without the travel photography so evident in the other books. The dishes are shot in a studio setting so it isn't a pleasurable book to deal with. However there are still some fabulous recipes.
If you own their other books, though, be warned that you may be getting recipes you already have.
on 22 April 2012
Middle eastern food is really coming into it's own now and to me publications like this, and those of Silvena Rowe are the reason why. The recipes are clear and concise, some a bit fiddley but nothing a bit of patience can't deal with, and so far the few I've tried have tasted great. But one of the best features of this book, is the photograpgy. The dishes look utterly stunning in the pictures, and yet achievable. I do like to see a dish as well as read how to make it, and so often the photography puts you off trying something new, but these just make you want to get in the kitchen and have a go. The only reason it got 4 stars and not 5 is because there isn't a picture of every dish. That would make this book perfect.
on 9 May 2015
One of the best books I have. Actually I cant remember that I liked any book as much as I like this book. I give this book 10 starts not only 5. I am from the Middle East, so i can judge on the Arabic food quite easily, this book has great recipes. Malouf is so innovative , he is twisting some traditional recipes in an amazing way that he is almost creating a totally different dish, and still as good as the original recipe or even better.
on 31 May 2013
This book is a treasure trove of wonderful recipes - most fairly new to me. Avid cooks will love this book, even less experienced will, but some of the recipes could be a slight challenge for those who haven't used some of these ingredients before - so be prepared to source a good Middle Eastern or Asian store - or look online. You will really impress your guests!
on 19 April 2012
Malouf is the latest book by Greg and Lucy Malouf; Greg is executive chef at MoMo in Melbourne, and has now taken charge of the cafe at Petersham Nurseries, while his former wife Lucy is a food writer and editor. New Middle Eastern Food is their latest book, giving a wide ranging overview of recipes from all over the Middle East, particularly including Lebanon, Syria, Iran, North Africa and Turkey.
The book is formatted around the Middle Eastern eating style of sharing dishes; it's divided into seven main chapters; each chapter being further subdivided. There are chapters on soups, small dishes, large dishes, side dishes, bakery, sweet and larder. So, for example, the "large dish" chapter is split into seafood, and meat and poultry sections.
Flicking through this book, it's hard to know where to start. The flavours used look enticing, but as Middle Eastern cuisine isn't our daily cooking style, so it's a real treasure of new flavours and textures. Choosing what to cook is made slightly harder, as not all of the recipes are pictured, but it does mean that the final dish is a lovely surprise when served!
I would highly recommend this book for those who are looking to expand their repertoire, although it must be said that the influences shown in the book aren't just restricted to the Middle East: cock-a-leekie with dates and croques monsieurs is a dish that doesn't strike me as something from the depths of the souk. Sounds delicious, though. As does Portuguese marinated quail, whole salmon fillet in fragrant salt, tarator-style, yoghurt-baked fish with walnut-herb crumbs, barbecued young chicken scented with cardamom and thyme, chicken cooked on coals, Aleppo-style, with crushed walnuts, lemon zest and mint, crisp Egyptian pigeon with coriander salt, roast leg of lamb with spiced pumpkin... I could go on, but you get the idea. However, as the recipe names indicate, the food is more towards more complicated the restaurant type dishes.
This is a book that's well worth adding to our cook book library; we have nothing like it on the shelves, so it's gained a rare space. If you want to expand your cooking horizons, I suggest you have a look.