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5.0 out of 5 stars Chat and recipes
Great book! In it, Rafik Schami - a well known storyteller of Damascene origin writing in German - puts together a narative from phone conversations with his sister in Damascus, in which she travels through the old city, chatting about neighbours and neighbourhoods and bringing in wonderful recipes linked to the person or place. I've learned so much about Damascus...
Published on 11 Nov. 2005 by J. E. S. Leake

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1.0 out of 5 stars No rubbish
It's more like a story than a recipe book
Didn't really have much recipes in it
Just had a few starters
Published on 2 Sept. 2009 by cook


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chat and recipes, 11 Nov. 2005
This review is from: Damascus: Taste Of A City (Armchair Traveller) (Hardcover)
Great book! In it, Rafik Schami - a well known storyteller of Damascene origin writing in German - puts together a narative from phone conversations with his sister in Damascus, in which she travels through the old city, chatting about neighbours and neighbourhoods and bringing in wonderful recipes linked to the person or place. I've learned so much about Damascus from it that I could not have learned otherwise from anything other than years of living in the old city (if only!).
But it is a book for those who see a city as its people, not for those who are more interested in places. The author is from a Christian family, and so about half of the book is based around Bab Touma, but that's really an advantage - one gets a better sense of community than if it were less constrained by personal relationships.
A nice little hardback, it just about fits into the pocket. Recommended!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Revelation, 7 Jan. 2010
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Delicious recipes and delightful realism in Rafi Schami's descriptions of Damascus. This book is extraordinary for the method of its composition as well as the exquisite eloquence of its author. Rafi Schami, unable to physically revisit the city of Damascus, relies on his sister verbally describing the sights, sounds and smells of the streets he remembers so well.

A treasure of a book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars No rubbish, 2 Sept. 2009
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It's more like a story than a recipe book
Didn't really have much recipes in it
Just had a few starters
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