From Tagine To Masala
By: Mike Harrison
Reviewed By: Jennifer A. Wickes
Travel on a gastronomic journey through the Middle East and learn about the wonders of Arabian cuisine in this great little cookbook by Mike Harrison.
Mike Harrison is an English Language teacher who has been living in the Middle East for years. He has traveled all over sampling the cuisines, and even consulting local chefs and restaurants for tips on how to recreate the delicious meals he had sampled on his adventures. This is his first book.
There are wonderful color photos showing the delicious recipes, and the scenic vies of the Middle East. Both were wonderfully photographed, especially at a time when some citizens are intimidated by this area with the current political situation.
The recipes are easy-to-read and easy-to-prepare. I would say that a novice cook is capapble of preparing these meals. Mike Harrison even helps explain certain spices and techniques utilized with the cuisines of this area.
There are over 50 recipes in this book. The chapters in this cookbook are: soups, salads, appetizers, main courses, and desserts. Some of the delicious recipes you can find in this book are: Arabian Lentil Soup; Moroccan Carrot, Date and Orange Salad; Iranian Eggplant Puree; Beef Tenderloin with Tamarind Sauce and Spice Island Spice Cake.
Despite this cookbook not being available in the United States, it would be worth the effort to contact the publishing company and purchasing a copy. The people at Zodiac Publishing are very nice, and this cookbook is truly a treat to have.
Jennifer A. Wickes is a freelance food writer, researcher and cookbook reviewer. She has written several eBooks, and has had numerous articles and recipes in printed publications, as well as on- line. She is working on her first cookbook. For more information about Jennifer or her work, please visit her home page: http://home.comcast.net/~culinaryjen/Home.html