Her previous cookbooks Feasts and Purple Citrus and Sweet Perfume are both glorious incantations on the cuisines of the Eastern Mediterranean.
The inspiration for her latest book, Orient Express, came from the street foods of Istanbul, Ankara and Gaziantep, Beirut, Damascus and Aleppo. Subtitled “Fast food from the Eastern Mediterranean,” but don’t expect too many recipes which can be quickly knocked up – many require overnight marinating or setting in the fridge. It is the kind of food you would expect to find at street stalls and markets – mezze style eating, great for entertaining.
The book is divided into highlighted ingredients and flavours, as opposed to the standard fare of starter, main, etc:
- Emerald spice & gold dust – a celebration of za’atar and saffron;
- Fire and noble velvet – chilli and cumin;
- Purple citrus and summer breeze – Sumac and fresh herbs;
- Sweet eucalyptus & liquid gold – cardamom and honey;
- Exotic perfume and delicate fragrance – cinnamon and flowers
This structure enables one to combine a selection of diversely spiced dishes into an impressive banquet. She presents 100 light, perfectly balanced recipes for sharing. Added to this is some stunning photography of many of the completed dishes.
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