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I'm so glad this book has been reprinted :-)
on 14 January 2009
This is a wonderful cookbook and should never be allowed to go out of print again! I am of part-Armenian origin but have never had the fortune to travel to Armenia and to be able to tap into the cuisine of my father's country and culture in this way fills a big gap in the knowledge of my personal heritage. None of the dishes are difficult to make and some are really unusual, stuffed melon, for example. I have made this dish and it's a revelation: you think it will taste sweet because it contains, sugar, raisins and cinnamon, but also lamb (or beef), so it's a savoury dish and all these wonderful, fragrant ingredients are stuffed into a cantaloupe or honeydew melon! It is delicious. Arto reminds us of a Turkish saying: "Only an Armenian would stuff a melon, cry over a large chunk of rock (i.e. Mount Ararat, the symbol of Armenia) and claim all defeats are really victories." Well, it makes me proud to be part Armenian :-) Not all the recipes are from Armenia, however, and the lucky reader will find recipes from all over the Middle East - they are all so much worth taking the time to get to know.