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The Book of Jewish Food: An Odyssey from Samarkand&hellip by Claudia Roden
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exotic Comfort Food, Jan. 24 2003
This is a great Middle Eastern and Central Asian cookbook. It's not such a great Ashkenazi cookbook -- there are shelves full of better, more complete, and more varied Ashkenazi cookbooks out there -- but it does make a nod in that direction, which is rather more than a lot of Ashkenazi books do towards Asian cooking.
As an Asian cookbook, it's wonderful. The recipes are plentiful and varied. There is indeed more to Sephardic cooking than eggplant. Each recipe comes with twiddles and variations, which are liberating. If you don't have quite enough of an ingredient, it's helpful to have suggestions for adjusting the dish. The quantities are reasonable, and listed in several… Read more
Patricia Wells at Home in Provence by Patricia Wells
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This cookbook is full of country food. Most of the flavors come from herbs and olive oil and the recipes call for very fresh ingredients, so they are fun right from the beginning. If you live near a farmer's market, these recipes will do justice to the produce there.
The recipes are laid out well, with measurements given in both metric and imperial notation, and there are plenty of substitutions listed for the more obscure ingredients. Be warned, though. . . this is not a beginner's cookbook. Each recipe uses a lot of ingredients and assumes a) that you know what all the ingredients are (lamb's lettuce? orange flower water? sheep cheese?) and b) that you know to prepare each… Read more