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4.0 out of 5 stars A good resource, 23 Nov 2013
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E. L. Wisty "World Domination League" (Devon, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Sweets & Desserts from the Middle East (Hardcover)
One thing I find about Middle Eastern cookbooks is that their list of desserts often tend to be on the short side, and are heavily biased towards complicated and time consuming pastry creations. This patisserie obsession merely reflects the region's tastes of course, but most of us when creating a Middle Eastern meal would rather have other simpler options available to us.

A resource like this is thus immensely useful for lovers of Middle Eastern food. There is still a large proportion of recipes involving pastry, but there are more than enough others, of varying levels of complexity, to choose from. "Middle Eastern" here means more than just the Arab world, so covering Greece, Turkey, the Caucuses and Iran too. As well as desserts in the sense of a dish to finish off a meal, there are other sweet foods here such as biscuits and other foods you might have between meals or as an accompaniment to tea of coffee, as well as sweet drinks and jams and preserves. The photographs are few - it's more about packing in as many recipes as possible rather than being stylish - but just enough to give the book a bit of character.
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5.0 out of 5 stars First class, 29 Jan 2014
This review is from: Sweets & Desserts from the Middle East (Hardcover)
It's easy just to end up cooking the same things from the same cookbooks as my friends. But since I started using Arto der Haroutunian's books i've not looked back. This one is just as good as the others I've owned - I get great feedback on my deserts now. It's not for the novice but it is great if you're a bit more experienced and you want to broaden your horizons.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book!, 4 Nov 2013
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Just received my copy of this stunning book, full of great recipes and photos. Looking forward to making some of these recipes when people come to visit over the Christmas period, especially my favourite ghorayebah which I remember from my childhood as being AMAZING! Ideal present for food lovers with a sweet tooth!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweets and Desserts from the Middle East., 16 May 2014
This review is from: Sweets & Desserts from the Middle East (Hardcover)
This recently-republished title, a very welcome addition to any Middle-Eastern foodie's bookshelf, offers a good selection of delicious sweets, many of them famous specialities, In the Middle East, the common conclusion to a meal would be a bowl of fruit salad, or fresh seasonal fruits. However on feast-days and special festivals, the most unusual sweets and desserts are served all day long. In this book you'll find traditional favourites like Baklavas and Kunafehs, the opening chapter has approximately fifteen pages of these delicious honey-soaked creations, All the favourites are there along with a Baklava from Turkey which has an apple filling, and more than a passing resemblance to the well known Viennese Apple Strudel.
There are twelve chapters in the book, covering all types of Middle Eastern sweets and desserts including milk and rice pudding recipes from Armenia, Iran, Lebanon and Syria. I'm very familiar with those types of chilled desserts, and appreciated the recipes in this book which offer variations in flavour and texture.
This book also showcases the plentiful fruits of the region, and along with the usual recipes for date desserts and pastries, there are recipes from across the region for mousses and other chilled desserts using apricots, mangoes and peaches. An out-of-this-world recipe is Nuranoush, a creamy chilled pomegranate dessert flavoured with rosewater,which is attractively served in pomegranate shells.
If you enjoy Arto der Haroutunian's recipes and anecdotes, you will love having this book in your collection.
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Sweets & Desserts from the Middle East by Arto Der Haroutunian (Hardcover - 31 Oct 2013)
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