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5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful culinary book full of magic!, 27 May 2012
This review is from: Crazy Water, Pickled Lemons: Enchanting dishes from the Middle East, Mediterranean and North Africa (Hardcover)
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Having recently read and reviewed Diana Henry's book 'Roast Figs, Sugar Snow' and thoroughly enjoyed it, I was delighted to see that her previous book 'Crazy Water, Pickled Lemons' had also appeared in a new edition. Having not previously been aware of her work, it is a real delight to have two such excellent books full of glorious recipes from all over the world!

This particular book covers some unusual dishes from the Middle East, Mediterranean and North Africa, including, of course, the titular Crazy Water and Pickled Lemons. The book is divided into a range of chapters covering a variety of different herbs, spices, nuts, fruits and, much to my delight, flower waters. Illustrated throughout with mouth watering photographs, Ms Henry writes in an engaging style that really encourages me to get back in the kitchen and have a go at at least some of the recipes metioned. Rose flavoured Ice in Heaven, anyone? I was pleased to see that most of the ingredients in many of the recipes are quite easily obtained over here in Britan, and not expensively either, making these recipes well within the reach of those on a slightly more restricted income or who do not have access to the various shops that sell the more esoteric cooking ingredients!

All in all - exciting recipes, excellent photographs and an engaging writing style make this a wonderful treat for yourself or a gift for a loved one who particularly enjoys trying out weird and wonderful recipes from all over the globe.

Definitely one I will be recommending, along with 'Roast Figs, Sugar Snow'.

Fingers crossed for more delightful treats from the author in the future!
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