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Bishara's cooking combines Middle Eastern techniques with Mediterranean flavors. But she takes cues from other cuisines, too. An eggplant napoleon is an ode to its principal ingredient, as well as an inspired marriage of textures: layers of feathery fried eggplant rest daintily between smears of baba ghanoush. Musakhan―flatbread topped with sumac-spiced chicken, slow-cookeBishara's cooking combines Middle Eastern techniques with Mediterranean flavors. But she takes cues from other cuisines, too. An eggplant napoleon is an ode to its principal ingredient, as well as an inspired marriage of textures: layers of feathery fried eggplant rest daintily between smears of baba ghanoush. Musakhan―flatbread topped with sumac-spiced chicken, slow-cooked onions, and almond slivers piled high, and sliced like a pizza―is a near-perfect harmony of sweetness and pungency....

Title : Olives, Lemons & Za'atar: The Best Middle Eastern Home Cooking
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ISBN : 9781906868840
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 224 Pages
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Olives, Lemons & Za'atar: The Best Middle Eastern Home Cooking Reviews

  • Disco
    2019-03-24 12:20

    Great Middle-Eastern recipes, beautiful pictures, interesting descriptions, nice paper. The recipes are easy to follow and none of the ingredients are too esoteric to actually make at home. Even though I eschew meat and dairy there are still at least 20 recipes I will make from this book, including the fried tomatoes.

  • Jessica
    2019-04-06 16:24

    A beautiful cook book loaded with Middle Eastern recipes. I've made a couple of recipes so far (butternut squash and red lentil stew & kofta and sweet pea stew. )and they were a big hit.

  • Richard Newbold
    2019-04-12 15:38

    Must admit I bought this attractively laid out and illustrated recipe book as a makeweight to get free postage on the stuff I really wanted, but serendipity rules, and I've made good use of the solid "traditional" Palestinian cuisine ideas contained within. Excellent for lamb dishes and the bitter sweet savouries that are so characteristic of the Middle East, and good news, nearly all the ingredients are now routinely stocked by the major supermarkets. Word of warning, Ms Bishara is a long-time resident of the US and I find the portions a bit on the gargantuan size, so reductions in the quantities listed often needed. As an Ottolenghi/Ghayour fan, this collection could be criticised as unadventurous, but the simplicity pays dividends for lovely dishes like the spiced lamb shanks and the vermicelli and rice pilaf.

  • BookBec
    2019-03-30 11:26

    Restaurant cookbooks like this tend to have more complicated recipes than I want (or they serve 10). I'd be happy to go to her restaurant and let her and her staff cook these dishes for me, but they're just not going to happen often in my kitchen.I did make the seafood soup, which was delicious after I got through all the preparation steps.

  • Mary
    2019-03-25 15:46

    What a beautiful book! It's one of those cookbooks, like "The Joy of Cooking", that is not only truly educational but also a real pleasure to read. And, much more than "The Joy of Cooking", it's a pleasure to look at. Everything about it- family anecdotes, photos, recipes, binding and layout-contributes to a book that draws the eye and warms the heart. It's a wonderful introduction to a rich and (in the U.S.) little-known culture.As to the recipes, which, after all, are the main point of a cookbook, they are clear and easy to follow. Some, like the pounded ground lamb, I would never make, since I'm semi-vegetarian. Others, like the elaborate Easter and Christmas cookies and the cheese pie, I might try when I have time and energy. Still others are likely to become family favorites. For example, I made the squash and lentil stew last week. It was a hit, and I'm going to be making it again. I certainly intend to try the lentil-noodle soup, also. I also want to visit Ms. Bishara's restaurant!

  • Elizabeth
    2019-04-06 10:28

    PROS: The recipes are hearty Middle Eastern recipes. The flavors are delicious in the dishes I made. There’s many pictures in the book and interesting stories.CONS: I did not have luck with all the recipes. The pictures would have looked nicer if they had been glossy. The recipes take a lot of prep time and are time consuming.Overall: I wasn't successful with all the recipes I made from this book. The dishes that did work though tasted great. The book is filled with recipes that Bishara grew up with and has in some cases elevated to restaurant quality food. I liked the book, but I probably would not be including it in my collection.You can read my full review and see what recipe didn't work for me here.

  • Aja Marsh
    2019-03-26 14:38

    book from the chef/owner of tanoreen in brooklyn, even though there is a fair amount of meat, there is a lot for a vegetarian to be happy about here, and lots of dairy free and gluten-free stuff as well. i love middle eastern food, and you don't often see a lot of those books with a Palestinian twist (where she's from). i would consider adding this one to my shelf if i found a good deal-- i'd love to have a middle eastern cookbook! i cook with a lot of these flavors and spices already, so it's a good direction.

  • Eling
    2019-03-27 17:23

    Beautiful, and packed full of lovely recipes that are right up my aspirational cooking alley. I love all the photographs in this, but wish that there were more photos of the actual recipes as well. I always want this, but this is especially so for recipes where the ingredients or dishes are not as familiar.

  • Jennifer
    2019-03-31 14:47

    I love this book. I want to own it so badly. Just to flip through it for inspiration. It is lovely. And the recipes are good too. They require more work than the "average" American recipe (with so many shortcuts and time-savers), but it is well worth it for the wonderful result.

  • Beka
    2019-04-10 18:34

    I didn't find any recipes I wanted to try, but it's a nice cookbook.

  • Sherri
    2019-03-28 10:24

    Beautiful pictures, wonderful narrative. I don't know that I'd make any of the recipes, but it was worth looking at!

  • Kristina
    2019-04-12 10:48

    This is a coffee table cookbook. Beautiful paper and photography, with some nice little stories. I haven't made any of the recipes yet, but have ear-marked many to try.

  • Anna
    2019-03-22 15:45

    I wish I could eat like this every day.

  • Maureen
    2019-04-17 15:29

    This was a lovely cookbook which brought back wonderful memories. It's one I'd like to read again

  • Nadia
    2019-04-16 12:35

    What a wonderful book with beautiful photos and delicious recipes!

  • Yaaresse
    2019-04-18 17:49

    Nice intro to Palestinian food. What I've made from it has turned out well.