I just love this food, the flavours resonate with me.
Silvena's book is full of inspiring recipes. When cooked the dishes are full of flavour and look amazing; spiced scented lamb with quince and mustard relish, sea bream with currants and pistachios and a blood orange sauce, aubergine stacks with pomegranate, mint and yoghurt sauce, chilled sweet pea and watercress soup with rose petal cream, Jerusalem artichoke hummus with lamb and sumac, pink grapefruit avocado pomegranate salad with nasturtium flower.
There are specific tastes and flavour combinations which are unique to this cuisine; sumac, pine nuts, nigella seeds, jasmine, tarmarind, pomegranate molasses, Greek yogurt, lemons, tahini and garlic to mention a few. But it's what's done with this ingredient that makes the difference.
If you are looking to be inspired and need to add a bit of vroom vroom to your cooking this is the book for you.