An Edible Mosaic: review and 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.

An Edible Mosaic

The Recipes:

      Zucchini Fritters

                 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.

Eggs Poached in Spicy Tomato Sauce

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:

Basic Cooking 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?

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


  1. 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. :)

  2. lamya says

    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.


  3. Christy says

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

  4. says

    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!

  5. Michele says

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

  6. Lindsay says

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

  7. says

    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.

  8. Katherine says

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

  9. melissa says

    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!

  10. 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. :-)

  11. MarlisB says

    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.

  12. Shannon C says

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

  13. Miriam says

    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.

  14. Emma S. says

    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

  15. says

    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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