Snackistan: Street Food, Comfort Food, Meze: Informal Eating in the Middle East & Beyond Hardcover – 3 Oct 2013
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one can almost smell the bazar as one pores over the myriad recipes in this fascinating book --The Good Book Guide
Book of the Week --Saturday Telegraph Magazine
About the Author
Sally Butcher runs the acclaimed Persian food store Persepolis in London. Her first book, Persia in Peckham, was published to critical acclaim and short-listed for the 2008 Andre Simon Award. It was also selected by the Sunday Times as their cookery book of the year. Her second book, Veggiestan, also published by Pavilion, was shortlisted for the Guild of Food Writers' cookery book of the year award and has also been hugely successful. When Sally is not running her shop, she blogs and tweets prolifically and has amassed a devoted online following.
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This is, I think, Sally Butcher's third book. Certainly it's the third book of hers that I have bought, and they all share her sense of fun and enormous knowledge of Middle Eastern and especially Persian food. She has the gift of enriching your knowledge by means of a good story, so the information she gives you slips down as easily as her food.
The recipes are great. They are organised helpfully and the index is excellent. Instructions are clear and easy to follow, but she also shows you how you can use her recipes as a stepping off point for ideas of your own. Techniques are not just explained, the reasons why they are necessary are also given. The illustrations are both beautiful and helpful.
Is a book teaching you how to make snacks really what the busy cook needs? Well, that depends on how you define the word snack. If a snack to you is a biscuit or a packet of crisps, then you need this book to broaden your horizons (though there are excellent recipes for crisp-like snacks here which will make you shudder at the thought of 'salt 'n vinegar' for ever more).Read more ›
Healthy-ish nibbles based on nuts and seeds make delicious drinks accompaniments with a bit more imagination than a packet of crisps (lemon-roasted almonds with saffron, and dry-roasted broad beans are particular favourites here), and the Greek prawns are both easy and gorgeous. There's also a good mix of meat and vegetarian dishes, perfect for those of us who aren't vegetarian on principle but just don't like meat that much.
The levels of cooking expertise do vary - some dishes look too complicated for me, but there are plenty of things here that I would tackle with no problem at all. I particularly love the chapter on drinks: orange-blossom and mint lemonade is just gorgeous (though I did have to make a bit of effort to track down orange blossom water), and the Kashmiri Tamarind Cooler is easy-peasy yet exotically different.
Recommended if you like adventurous yet easy cooking, and perfect for delicious, informal meals shared with friends.
(This review is from an ARC courtesy of the publisher)
The design compliments Veggiestan perfectly although I'm still not convinced by the fuzzy bits on the cover.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Haven't tried any recipes yet but will be soon. Love the way it is written. Will be buying Vegestan next!Published on 9 April 2014 by Sam M
For my step mother, she is delighted with it and has been going on about it ever since xmas :o)Published on 28 Feb. 2014 by Jo.Berkshire