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MasterChef favourite Amina Elshafei is blessed with a rich family history - her mum is Korean, and her dad is Egyptian.
Join her as she takes you on a unique culinary adventure, exploring the best cuisine from both cultures. Here in her long-awaited cookbook you'll find recipes for traditional Middle Eastern dishes such as Lamb, Prune and Fig Tagine and Korean staples such as Kimchi, as well as exciting new recipes, such as Sumac-crusted Trout with Heirloom Tomato Salsa and Harissa Chicken.
Amina's mouth-watering multicultural cuisine is a revelation - this is food to share and savour.
About the Author
Amina Elshafei is very proud of her Korean (from her mum) and Egyptian (from her dad) heritage. She and her sister, Eman, were born in Saudi Arabia but the family moved to Australia when Amina was four, and she has lived here ever since. Growing up in a household of two different cultures, she has always enjoyed cooking and eating both Korean and Middle Eastern dishes and she loves to share them with her family and friends.
In 2012, Amina was a contestant on MasterChef Australia, finishing in the top twelve, and endearing herself to all who saw her with her warmth and generosity – she has been described as 'everyone's best friend'. This was a wonderful opportunity for her to pursue her cooking career and also to bring Korean and Egyptian cooking to national attention.
Amina has written a monthly column for the Australian Women's Weekly and been a guest demonstrator at food events and shows in Australia and internationally. She also runs cooking classes, does corporate and private catering, helps to organise pop-up restaurants in Sydney and has just launched a halal food app called Amina's Kitchen.
In addition to cooking, she continues to work as a paediatric nurse at the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network, where she has been for the last seven years. That remains a much-loved career.
The recipes are easy to follow and taste fantastic
By Eman Elshafei
Nearly twenty years ago I sat down to my first koshari and kimchi dinner – a typical Elshafei meal, reflecting Dad and Mum's Egyptian and Korean heritage. I am now struck by the novelty of my family's cooking at the time, and by the transformation in the Australian food scene over the last two decades. There has been an evolution from the monocultural food of the 1980s to the wide range of national and specialty dishes now available – evidence of the impact people have on food.
This impact is integral to Amina's cooking – and part of the reason for her rising popularity. Exploring and mastering the foods of different countries has always been easy for her – we were spoilt by the cosmopolitan, multicultural atmosphere in which we grew up.
Of course, being blessed culturally explains only half the story of Amina's success. Equipped with a finely honed pan-Asian/Middle-Eastern palate, she was always a talented cook. I recall standing in the kitchen with her most Saturday evenings as she cooked – it was like being caught in a cross between Iron Chef and some Eastern Food Bazaar twilight zone, with the smells of samak and spices, sahlab and sikhye, soy sauce and soy bean blending with the sweet perfume of the orange blossom tree in our garden.
I love the way my sister's cooking always left us feeling comforted and reassured, thanks to her determination to create dishes that not only appealed to our tastebuds, but also contributed to our overall contentment. This is what has always made Amina's food especially priceless.
My sister's cooking reveals her absolute reverence for Korean and Middle Eastern wisdom, and the longstanding belief in both cultures in the importance of food for your physical and emotional wellbeing.
Shining even more brightly from the bottom of her cooking pan is her limitless generosity, her bubbly personality and her culinary skill, which always makes me come back for more.
ISBN: 9781921383564 ISBN-10: 9781921383564 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 216 Published: 25th February 2015 Publisher: Penguin Books Australia Country of Publication: AU Dimensions (cm): 27.5 x 19.4
Weight (kg): 27.5
Edition Number: 1