1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Useful, with reservations,
This review is from: Whispers from a Lebanese Kitchen (Hardcover)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)This is one of many recipes-and-memories currently in vogue. To deal with the latter first: the author is an Australian of Lebanese Maronite ancestry. Her affection for her familiy comes over strongly, but I did not find the glimpses of family history very insightful, and gained little feeling for what life is like in the Maronite diaspora.
The recipes themselves are good, but somewhat let down by presentation, The pages are matte, and in rather dull shades of olive and beige. As a vegetarian I was delighted to find a lot of recipes I could use without adaptation: the Maronites take their fasting seriously. I will certainly be trying the traditional Good Friday recipes next year!
My main reservation lies with sourcing some of the ingredients; the author makes frequent references to 'your local Lebanese grocer'. Lebanese grocers may be part of Australian life, but I wouldn't know where to begin to find one in this country, certainly outside London. Consequently I haven't made quite as much use of the book as I expected - otherwise I would have given it four stars.