An Edible Mosaic: review & giveaway

Although I’ll be a bit more detailed below, I think the best thing I can say about this cookbook is that even after 6 days of eating horribly on vacation (hi frozen yogurts, butter beer, bagels, dessert every night and greasy breakfast sandwiches) I’m still looking at the pictures of this food and drooling. Usually, after vacation binges I don’t want to see or think of food for days and would happily live off of blended vegetable drinks until I feel detoxed and back to normal. Right now, I’d still go for a shawarma wrap so that’s saying something.

The Recipes:

                 Zucchini Fritters           |           Spiced Shawarma Chicken Wraps      |     Coconut Semolina Muffins

We picked 3 very different recipes from different sections of the book and not a single one disappointed. I loved that that each one was flavorful in a way you didn’t necessarily expect from the ingredients that went into them. Almost an understated elegance kind of thing…there’s something I never thought I’d say about food.

I slightly tweaked each recipe to fit my own preferences but each dish was flexible enough to hold up to it. I love that in recipes. I’m enough of a health nut to usually want to change something in someone else’s recipe so it’s nice when it’s not too rigid of a combination to do that.

As for the rest of book? It’s chock full of dishes I plan to try out like these Eggs Poached in Spicy Tomato Sauce and the Thyme Spiced Flat Pies. Having gorgeous pictures (which these less than stellar iphone pics don’t do justice) of each recipe definitely helps in making you want to try it!

The Layout:

The layout is easy to follow along with (broken down by course) and even has a few helpful beginning sections about Middle Eastern ingredients and kitchen tools. I was happy to see the normal recipe layout with the title of the dish, a brief description, ingredient list and numbered directions in this book. For some reason, the directions broken down by pictures and written like a story approach really annoys me and will most times prevent me from buying the cookbook. Another fun touch of Faith’s book is at the end which contains a list of specialty stores in the USA that carry Middle Eastern ingredients. It’s not very extensive but if you’re in a major city, chances are you’ll find something near you. Shockingly, there are none in Hopewell Junction, NY. Sorry suburban and rural friends, you’ll have to do your own research.

The Giveaway:

So after all that gushing, you probably want the book for yourself, right?

Well, have at it! Details below:


Courtesy of Tuttle Publishing, one reader will win one copy of Faith’s book, titled: An Edible Mosaic. This giveaway is open until Thursday, November 22nd, 2012 at 11:59 EST.  Giveaway is open to anyone, worldwide. Winner will be randomly selected and emailed. Winner has 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. Main entry must be completed or extra entries will not count.

Answer the following question in the comment section below: Do you have a favorite Middle-Eastern food or recipe?

Bonus entries (leave a separate comment for each):
-Become a fan of Running to the Kitchen and Faith’s Kitchen on Facebook
-Share this post on Facebook
-Follow Running to the Kitchen and An Edible Mosaic on Twitter
-Tweet the following: “Love Middle Eastern cooking? Win a copy of An Edible Mosaic from @runtothekitchen #giveaway”
-Subscribe to my feed via RSS or email

*Disclaimer: I received a copy of An Edible Mosaic to cook from. Giveaway is provided by Tuttle Publishing

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    Hands-down our favourite Mediterranean dish is hummus! (which, isn’t really a dish, per say, but we could eat it with a spoon as a main dish, we love it THAT much!) Hummus and pita chips for dinner? Don’t mind if we do!

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    We are following you both on Facebook!

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    We are following you both on Twitter!

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    Joy Schroder says:


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    We tweeted about the giveaway :)

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    We posted the link to this post on Facebook :)

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    We have subscribed to your RSS feed!

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    I don’t have a favorite middle eastern food, unless you include homemade pitas and hummus! My Favorite!!

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    I now follow you on Facebook

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    Now following Faith’s Kitchen on FB

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    Once I tweet your giveaway it will be on my FB page

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    Tweeted your giveaway

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    I follow Runnng to the Kitchen on Twitter

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    I am now following Edible Mosaic on Twutter

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    I subscribe to you by e-mails!! Thanks Gina!

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    I love anything curry!!

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    Following you on FB!

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    Became a fan of Faith’s kitchen on FB too!

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    I followed you on twitter!

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    I followed ediblemosaic on twitter!

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    I tweeted!
    Sara Seward ‏@saraseward
    “Love Middle Eastern cooking? Win a copy of An Edible Mosaic from @runtothekitchen #giveaway”

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    Kristen J says:

    I’m not sure if I have a favorite middle eastern dish, but that picture of the poached egg in tomato sauce is making me drool! I’m obsessed with poached eggs. :)

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    Kristen J says:

    I subscribe via email! :)

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    YES! I love hummus, in all forms. This cookbook looks amazing!

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    Denise Wilson says:

    Chicken shwarma!

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    Denise Wilson says:

    I like you and Faith’s kitchen on facebook

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    Denise Wilson says:

    I subscribe to your emails

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    My mouth is watering looking at the pictures!

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    follow via email

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    If you can believe it, I’ve never tried Middle Eastern food! Unless you count pitas and hummus… ;-)

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    My favorite middle eastern food is stuffed vine leaves. It’s yummy
    I’m so excited about getting a copy of this book.
    I am already a subscriber of your rss feed and emails.
    Will follow you both on twitter and Fb now and tweet about this giveaway.


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    Sara Grambusch says:

    My favorite middle eastern spice blend is Ras El Hanout. BIG fan.

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    Sara Grambusch says:

    Tweeted :)

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    Yummy! We are big fans of middle eastern food. I love spanokapita, tabouli, homemade pita, etc…

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    I tweeted!

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    Jacquelyn Ashley says:

    My favorite middle eastern food is baba ganoush!

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    I love falafel

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    I’m an email subscriber

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    I love the Shawarma wrap. I have made one similar to this in the past. These are so good.

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    I am a fan of Running to the Kitchen on FB.

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    I am a fan of Faith’s Kitchen on Facebook.

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    I Shared this post on Facebook

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    I Follow Running to the Kitchen on Twitter

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    I follow An Edible Mosaic on Twitter

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    I Tweeted the following: “Love Middle Eastern cooking? Win a copy of An Edible Mosaic from @runtothekitchen #giveaway”

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    My syrian grandmother makes this lamb dish that is amazing. It’s super easy and healthy. I can’t think of the name but it’s amazing!

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    I Subscribe to your feed via email

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    Do you have a favorite Middle-Eastern food or recipe? – Falafel! I probably spelled that horrible wrong but I loveeee it!

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    I subscribed to your blog!

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    You are awesome! Thank you so much for participating in this event…I am so grateful to all you talented ladies! xo

    P.S. I could *so* go for a butter beer right now. ;)

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    lamya @lamyoush says:

    I’m now following @runtothekitchen on twitter

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    lamya @lamyoush says:

    I’m now following @runtothekitchen on twitter
    I’m @lamyoush

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    nom nom nom, kreplachs!!

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    Deana Tanguay says:

    Anything with pita and hummus and lots of veggies! Yum! The book looks amazing!

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    I follow Running to the Kitchen on FB!

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    Deana Tanguay says:

    Liked you on facebook = )

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    and I follow on Twitter as well :)

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    Deana Tanguay says:

    Liked Faith’s an edible mosaic on Facebook

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    Deana Tanguay says:

    Already subscribed to your email feed = )

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    lamya @lamyoush says:

    I’m now following @anediblemosaic on twitter. @lamyoush

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    Anything with hummus! Love trying all the new, crazy flavors of hummus too!
    Now follow Running to the Kitchen on FB and Twitter

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    I liked running to the kitchen on facebook but could find a page for Faith’s kitchen or an Edible Mosaic. – lamyoushk

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    One of my best friends is Lebanese, and growing up I always loved going to their house for dinner! My favorite is sort of a little of everything: Pita bread with homemade hummus (with olive oil poured on top), feta, baba ganoush, homemade pickled olives, with some veggies and mint leaves! MMMM! Now I’m hungry!

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    Julie Gerien says:

    I love making babaganosh!

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    Could not find Faith’s kitchen page on facebook.

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    At this point, a little boring, but I love Hummus. I love it on everything, baked potatoes, cauliflower, avacado and hummus sandwiches…yum…

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    My favorite middle eastern food is definitely hummus! But I did recently make the zucchini fritters and my friends and I loved them!

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    I tweeted! @salsapicante33

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    Garlic Hummus!

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    Favourite: nice big spicy vat of chicken or shrimp biryani rice!

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    I follow Running to the Kitchen on Facebook

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    I subscribe to Running to the Kitchen on Google Reader via RSS feed

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    Oh no, a favorite? I love it all! I’m particularly a fan of the Middle Eastern style of Kebabs. As well as all nutty sauces, and anything with Chick Peas. But, yea, doner kebab is the winner! SO YUMMY.

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    I love hummus. But only homemade.

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    I follow you via email.

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    Katherine says:

    So much fabulous food recipes to choose from & so, little time to pick just one. Love to cook & eat them all!

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    falafel, hummus

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    liked both on fb

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    hummus is a dead give-away, but honestly there’s nothing tastier than hummus and tabbouleh together with pita

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    I subscribe to you via RSS

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    I follow you on twitter!

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    My favorite Middle Eastern foods are falafel, hummus, and babaganoush! So delicious :)

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    I liked both fb pages!

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    I’m following both twitters!

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    I tweeted the giveaway!

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    I’m subscribed to you on RSS!

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    My family is Lebanese, so it’s tough to pick just one Middle Eastern recipe I love. But let’s go with stuffed grape leaves!

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    I tweeted about the giveaway.

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    I liked you both on facebook.

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    I subscribed to your RSS.

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    i spent some time in Morocco and absolutely loved a chicken/carrot tagine that the family made… i’ve not had anything else like it!

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    Amanda Thompson says:

    My favorite Middle-Eastern food is Falafel!

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    Amanda Thompson says:

    I subscribe via email.

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    Jess Somos says:

    My grandmother is from Tunisia and has made several authentic middle eastern dishes for my family growing up. My absolute favorite are “boulettes” (sp?). Kinda like healthier meatballs. :-)

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    I love it all — a great lamb stew with pita is probably one of my favorites though!

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    Would hummus be considered one? This is an area of cooking I am learning about more! thanks!

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    I am a RSS subscriber. thanks!!

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    Virginia Santoro says:

    My home-baked falafel is my absolute favorite Middle Eastern dish!

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    My favorite middle-eastern food has got to be Hummus, but would love to expand my horizons!

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    I follow you on Facebook

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    I also follow you on Twitter :-)

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    Shared this giveaway with my readers on Facebook

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    … AND shared this with my Twitter Followers (because my Fiance walked into the room, saw the cover of the book & immediately wanted me to make whatever it is)

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    Ashley - Baker by Nature says:

    I follow you both on twitter

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    Ashley - Baker by Nature says:

    My favorite middle eastern food is poached eggs in a spicy red sauce – mmm!

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    My favorite Middle Eastern food is cous cous!

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    I became a facebook fan

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    I subscribed via email

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    I became a follower on twitter

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    I love couscous!

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    I love Middle Eastern cuisine and cook it frequently. Hummus of course, but I love couscous with a delicious vegetable tagine. Great giveaway. Thank you.

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    I liked running to the kitchen on Facebook

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    I liked Faith’s Kitchen on Facebook

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    I shared this on Facebook.

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    I love Keppe, taboule, everything!

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    Heidi Hess says:

    Muhamara with warm pita is heaven.

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    My favorite Middle Eastern food is Shish Taouk.

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    Follow Running in the Kitchen on FB

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    Follow An Edible Mosaic on FB

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    Follow Running in the Kitchen on Twitter

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    Follow An Edible Mosaic on Twitter

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    Tweeted about the giveaway

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    Follow Running in the Kitchen on RSS

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    I don’t have a favorite.. but I DO love a lot of it. All veggie things!

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    Already subscribed to your RSS

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    Just liked both of your FB pages

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    Already follow you on Twitter but just followed the other acct

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    I love hummus & baklava (it’s a tie!). This book looks amazing!

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    I’m a fan of yours on facebook :)

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    I also shared this post on facebook!

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    I follow you on twitter! I’m @arumblytummy

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    I tweeted about the giveaway on twitter!

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    I love curries of most kinds :)

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    I am already subscribed via email

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    Shalgham… hands down. It’s a turnip preparation, where the exact spice blend varies by country, but it is sooo good.

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    All these recipes look so delicious!

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    It’s so ubiquitous now that it’s hard to remember that it’s a Middle Eastern dish, but hummus.

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    i’m taking a trip to the middle east this week and am looking forward to having shawarma, falafel, pita with zaatar, boatloads of eggplant, and chummus spreads with all the appropriate salads that come along with it. i don’t know if pickled turnip counts as a middle eastern food but that’s some good stuff too.

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    For a starter baba ganoush with bread, couscous for a mean course and all kind of sweet patries for dessert!

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    I just LOVE baklavas!! Aren’t they the best thing on earth?!

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    I like falafel and stuffed grape leaves.

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    My favorite is traditional couscous.

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    My favorite is shawarma, with some tzatziki… is the best combo ever!

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    Yum! My favorite middle eastern food is probably chicken shawarma with a warm pita – yum!

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    Hummus is definitely up there, equalled by falafel. And on indulgent days, add in some tzatsiki!
    Can I just say I want a Mezze?!?! x

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    from what I’ve seen so far, I’d love a copy of this book! I could eat Israeli food all day, ever yday… mmm shwarama!

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    I follow both on Twitter :)

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    And I subscribe by RSS. Thanks!

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    Aahh, I am so behind on my commenting but I’m glad I at least got an entry in this! I don’t know why, but I save up a list of books I want and buy them all at once instead of buying books as they come out, and this one is definitely on my list :) As for favorite food… My mom made a kind of keema growing up and it’s still such a comfort food for me.

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    I like you both on FB

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    I follow you both on Twitter

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    I follow you by rss

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    I love foul mudammas for breakfast!

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