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A sweeping culinary journey across the Islamic world, and a celebration of its most iconic recipes.
A diverse and rich culinary tradition has evolved in every place touched by Islam, always characterised by deliciousness and fragrance, a love of herbs and the deft use of spices.
Anissa Helou 's Feast represents an extraordinary journey through place and time, travelling from Senegal to Indonesia via the Arab, Persian, Mughal or North African heritage of so many dishes. This exploration of the foods of Islam begins with bread, and its myriad variations, from pita and chapatti to Turkish boreks and Lebanese fatayer.
From humble grains and pulses come slow-cooked biryanis, Saudi Arabia 's national dish of Lamb kabsa and magnificent jewelled rice dishes from Iran and Pakistan. Instructions for preparing a whole lamb or camel hump sit alongside recipes for traditional dips, fresh salads and sharp pickles. And numerous sugary sweet treats suitable for births, weddings, morning coffee and after dinner glint irresistibly from the pages.
With more than 300 recipes, spectacular food photography and interspersed with enchanting anecdotes, Feast is a comprehensive and dazzling mosaic of Islamic food culture across the globe.
About the Author
Anissa Helou is a chef, food writer and journalist whose work focuses on the cuisines and culinary heritage of the Middle East, the Mediterranean and North Africa. Born in Lebanon to a Syrian father and Lebanese mother, she is the author of numerous award-winning cookbooks.
“Her range of knowledge and unparalleled authority make her just the kind of cook you want by your side when baking a Moroccan flatbread, preparing an Indonesian satay and anything else along the way”
“Helou is both scholar and hedonist, which makes for the best kind of guide in the kitchen”
“It's a masterwork
“A go-to tome of classic dishes from across the Islamic world”
“This is a huge and fascinating subject – it's a book that was crying out to be written – but it isn't a “heavy” book (despite weighing a ton), rather one of delicious recipes with history and culture woven around them. Gorgeous design too, like a gold-encrusted box of delights”
ISBN: 9781526602862 ISBN-10: 1526602865 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 544 Published: 1st November 2018 Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 27.5 x 22.0
Weight (kg): 2.18