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.
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 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.
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.
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