With feature spreads profiling the essential ingredients common to this rich culinary crossroads, and 65 authentic recipes, Flavors of the Middle East makes it easy to prepare an exciting aromatic feast at home.
The Middle East is steeped in a fascinating history of ancient empires and dynasties, wars, and diverse religions, and the east–west trade routes, all of which have had a lasting influence on the culinary cultures of this vast and turbulent region. This exciting new book by award-winning food writer Ghillie Basan chronicles the dishes that you would encounter should you travel these ancient lands – they are the recipes that have truly stood the test of time.
Start the feast with Mezze, Salads, and Soups. Traditional mezze plates are perfect for sharing, like Falafel with Yogurt and Tahini and Halloumi with Dried Figs, Black Olives, and Zahtar. Next, treat your senses with sumptuous creations from Meat and Poultry like Char-grilled Quails with Currants, Green Peppercorns, and Pomegranate Seeds.
Many Middle Eastern and North African countries boast a vast coastline and bountiful seas, and dishes featuring Fish and Shellfish are common, including Poached Fish with Saffron Rice and Caviar and Spicy Grilled Squid with Hummus and Pine Nuts. Sample the wonderful accompaniments from Vegetables, Grains, and Preserves, like fragrant Fried Carrots and Fennel with Cumin and Pomegranate Syrup or the stand-alone vegetable dish Baked Stuffed Dumplings with Yogurt. The Sweet Dishes and Drinks of the Middle East are influenced by the opulence of the Persian and Ottoman courts. Try the regal Quinces Poached in Clove Syrup with Buffalo Cream as the perfect ending to your feast.