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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Grub Street (31 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908117303
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908117304
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 2.1 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 418,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'...rich in historical background, full of marvellous proverbs and teaches the use of unusual herb and spice combinations.' Oxford Mail 'A tour of North Africa for the traveller, the chef, the shopper and the taste buds.' Glasgow Herald

About the Author

Arto der Haroutunian was born in Aleppo, Syria in 1940 and grew up in the Levant, but came to England with his parents as a child and remained here for most of his life. He studied architecture at Manchester University and established a career designing restaurants, clubs and hotels. In 1970, in partnership with his brother, he opened the first Armenian restaurant in Manchester which eventually became a successful chain of six restaurants and two hotels. He died in 1987 at the untimely age of 47. He is survived by his wife and son who still live in Manchester. His other interests included composing music and translating Turkish, Arab, Persian and Armenian authors. He was a true polymath and his cookery books combined his love of food with his great interest in history and culture.


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An excellent book full of amazing meals.

I bought this on a whim a fortnight ago and have already made five or six different dishes from it. Everything has been incredible, the sort of food that's so tasty you want to just sit back and start quietly swearing at the plate. Most dishes are simple and pretty cheap to make too, just stock up on certain herbs and spices and you're good to go.

There's loads of interesting info about the origin of various recipes all interspersed with amusingly nonsensical proverbs from the regions involved. The author doesn't skimp on authenticity either, I can't imagine I'll find the time to cook lamb's head, but should I ever feel so desired, I have everything I need to make it a success. The complete lack of imagery is a bonus too as you often don't have an idea of what the finished product will look like until you've cooked it. I quite like that.

If you're interested in north African food, buy this book.
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I'm Moroccan looking for genuine books about Moroccan and North African food to use as documentation for a something I'm working on.

I just discovered Arto Der Haroutunian very recently. I've got this book from a public library and I loved it so much that I ordered my own copy. I just received it today. I love everything about it: the history, the stories, some recipes (ok, there are some small mistakes but it does not really matter).

I also ordered the other books about Turkish cookery and Middle Eastern cookerie.. It's sad he left us! It's also sad he's not as famous as other cookbook writers..His books definitely stand out of the crowd out there in a very positive way..
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I was so excited when I ordered this book: I expected rich, complex, deep flavours of turmeric, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, some chilli, and all every recipe does is turn good product, good protein, into watery sludge. every recipe turns out grey, and tonight we just discarded the stuffed aubergines, because they were not only bland but literally inedible.

North African cookery should have depth, excitement, and should be full of those warm flavours. This book is just disappointing on every level. A sad experience!

I think this is an 'authentic' recipe book, and that is fine, for historians of food, maybe, but the recipes lack the kind of finesse and taste that modern interpretations can offer.
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arto der haroutunian can bring the smell of any country to your home. he writes so poetically and offers information in such a unique way. there are so many recipes to choose from, that i am certain he will inspire you to new flavors ,with an exotic twist and perhaps even a tale or two to share with your family or friends
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Interesting book if you like to cook
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