Zaitoun: Recipes and Stories from the Palestinian Kitchen (Hardback)Yasmin Khan (author)
'A moving, hugely knowledgeable and utterly delicious book' - Anthony Bourdain
A dazzling cookbook with vibrant recipes, captivating stories and stunning photography from Palestine
Bursting with the freshness and brightness that is characteristic of all Levantine cuisine, Palestinian food is fragrant, healthy and delicious. From a colourful array of bountiful mezze dishes to rich slow-cooked stews flavoured with aromatic spice blends, it's a cuisine that represents the very best of modern Middle Eastern cookery.
In this beautiful Palestinian cookbook, food writer Yasmin Khan shares recipes and stories from her travels through the region. On her journey she harvests black olives from the groves of Burquin in the West Bank, hand-rolls maftool - the plump Palestinian couscous - in home kitchens in Jenin and even finds time to enjoy a pint with workers at the Taybeh brewery, which is producing the first Palestinian craft beer.
As she feasts and cooks with Palestinians of all ages and backgrounds, she learns about the realities of their everyday lives.
Zaitoun includes herb-filled salads, quick pickles, fragrant soups, tender roasted meats and rich desserts, and has a special focus on vegetarian versions of Palestinian classics. It has recipes for olive, fig and honey tapenade, roast chicken stuffed with pine nuts and raisins, and pomegranate passion cake, among many others. And surrounding the recipes, there is a chorus of stories from those who love, live and cook with Palestine in their hearts.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 950 g
Dimensions: 246 x 189 mm
'A big bowl-full of delicious Palestinian recipes, plus lots of insightful and moving stories... Great stuff' - Yotam Ottolenghi
'This is a politically engaged and hungry travelogue, and it is also an inspirational recipe book, and one that anyone who loves food will want to cook from, will need to cook from' - Nigella Lawson
'Yasmin Khan draws on her vast experience as a storyteller, cook, human rights activist, itinerant traveller and writer to create a moving, empathetic, hugely knowledgeable and utterly delicious book. Her essays, this food and these photographs give voice to the generous Palestinian people who welcomed her into their homes, to teach and share recipes from a cuisine that has both adapted and endured through decades of diaspora and political strife. The food you'll cook using her recipes is fresh, bright, simple, colorful and deeply satisfying; the stories you'll read will deepen your understanding of an all-too-often misunderstood place and culture' - Anthony Bourdain
'Yasmin Khan's Zaitoun gives a fine account of Palestinian cooking, with a culinary tour of the region. She does justice to the traditional kitchen while offering her own take on several recipes' - Evening Standard
'A joyous celebration of Palestinian cuisine... Proof, if ever it was needed, that food has the innate power to unite us' - The Independent
'Zaitoun is packed with stories of Palestinian cooks and food culture, of hospitality in the face of adversity' - Observer Food Monthly
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“Smell the Jasmine and Taste the Olives”
This gorgeous book uses lovely recipes as a lens to both an ancient culture and a contemporary culture. The challenge will be to choose between making one of the delicious soups, salads, main dishes, or desserts, and... More
“Recipes as fresh as ingredients should be”
This is a first for me, a review of a cook book. And I have loads!
I usually just use them and forget I own them really, but this is a special book. I've used it so regularly now that several of the recipes are... More
“A wonderful, warming recipe book - highly recommended”
This recipe book from Yasmin Khan has introduced me to preparing Palestinian dishes. I've made six of the recipes so far and they have all turned out wonderfully well! The stories and illustrations give a... More
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