Purple Citrus & Sweet Perfume: Cuisine of the Eastern Mediterranean Hardcover – 3 Jun 2010
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"The pages are so packed with Silvena's characteristic enthusiasm and irresistible passion, I defy anyone to resist." (Heston Blumenthal)
"Gloriously presented recipes from lesser-known regions of the eastern Mediterranean which draw on Rowe's Ottoman heritage and her passion for the region, as she weaves poetry, fairy tale and history into her cookbook. Another one for fans of the Moro and Ottolenghi cookbooks to savour." (Editor’s Pick, Bookseller)
"Filled with recipes that are as beautiful to look at as they are delicious to eat." (Daily Mail)
"This enticingly photographed book is a great read and a fascinating exploration of Eastern Mediterranean food and culture." (Delicious Magazine)
"Remarkable and seductively beautiful" (Adelaide Independent)
A delicious peek into the kitchens of the little-known region of the Eastern Mediterranean.See all Product Description
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The geographical region covered is essentially restricted to Turkey and Syria rather than the wider area we would normally think of as the Eastern Mediterranean, but it also includes a certain element of 'fusion' cooking brought into some of the dishes whilst not totally losing sight of the Levantine essence, and the feel is very contemporary and up to the minute rather than merely harking back to classics.
It's a well presented and colourful volume, with a standard division into mezze, starters, boreks, pilafs & salads, meat, fish vegetables and sweets; generally it has one recipe to one page, mostly accompanied by an opposing excellent photograph, and a minimum of irrelevant location photographs which serve as padding in many other similar cookbooks.
Some sample recipes:
Suzme (strained yoghurt, a.k.a.Read more ›
The recipes that I have tried all work and taste very authentic. I think that Middle-eastern Ottoman cuisine is one of the undiscovered greats!
I highly recommend this book!
Yes it looked gorgeous, but I found most of the recipes I tried nothing special or they were unneccesarily difficult, complicated or just plain didn't work. They were also rather cheffy.
Syrian za'atarbread with thyme flowers sounded amazing but was dire and the houmous recipe that needed icecubes added to the mixture was a waste of time. the icecubes added nothing to the recipe.
There were a few recipes that were really good, the yogurt cheese and the kebab with nuts but it was a rather expensive way to get four, maybe five recipes at the most.
I spend a lot of time cooking and make all my own preserves, bread and icecream so I am no novice in the kitchen. There are better Middle eastern cook books out there.
Claudia Roden is tops and all her recipes work. Her book Arabesque is brilliant.
I received it yesterday and prepared three dishes today with lots more in the pipeline for later this week
I am lucky to live in London where the ingredients are readily available but today I happened to look in the fridge to see what needed using up:
Fennel,spring onions, half a block of Feta, Eggs, Tomatoes, Aubergine, lemons and long red peppers with walnuts and herbs in the garden
I already had sumac and bought some Pomegranite molasses yesterday
A feast if i do say so myself and the flavours were amazing
My only reason for not giving it a full 5 stars is that her directions for the cooking are not very clear - for instance with making the custard part of making the icecream - she does not describe clearly what to do, it is very very vague. Apart from that its great - if you are used to cooking then it won't be a problem, but if you are new to it, maybe start with a more idiot proof book first!
It's a book about middle-eastern cooking that goes against the grain of everything that middle-eastern cooking is about. That is frugality, substance and practicality. These meals are not for someone who wants to prepare a good meal. They're for someone who has a great deal of free time to play around with insubstantial experiments.
I bought the book because I liked the cover and the look of the dish there portrayed. I have a book with a nice cover but as for having a book that's practical for preparing substantial meals, this is definately not it. The last point I'd like to make is that in order to buy the ingredients included here you'll need to be on more than the average income. You'll not find them in the average Deli either. Enough said. Plenty of reviewers have obviously liked this book. For me it's a great deal of fluff with very little substance.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very poor quality book. Bland recipes with "basic" ingredients. Nothing to get exited about as you read those recipes. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Bravo
Inspirational and delicious. Just spent the last 3 weeks learning to master a range of dishes from this wonderful recipe book to extend what we eat at home on a regular basis. Read morePublished 23 months ago by firefly
This is possibly the most veggie friendly cook book I've bought that isn't veggie.
It has a huge range of dishes and I've yet to get stuck in but I'm pleased with my... Read more
Fabulous, really love the different recipes and different flavours and the ingredients are not difficult to find. A beautiful book. Read morePublished on 30 May 2014 by Linda M Lupton
A good read even if you don't cook. But if you do cook this book is a must have. Good valuePublished on 12 Jan. 2014 by M Wickens
Sexy, sexy book. The Baba Ganoush is just lovely and I've already made the Orange and Vanilla Baklava twice and its heavenly but use a little less filo and a little more orange... Read morePublished on 1 May 2013 by Mrs Chrissy M Sawyer
This book is a feast for the palate and the eyes. The recipes are easy to follow and produce delicious results every time.Published on 4 Feb. 2013 by Patricia Millar