Delights from the Garden of Eden: A Cookbook and History of the Iraqi Cuisine (英語) ハードカバー – 2013/4/30
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Originally self-published by the author in 2003 "Delights from the Garden of Eden" became an underground bestseller and award-winner. Now fully revised and updated, this new edition, luxuriously illustrated throughout with colour photos, paintings, medieval miniatures and sketches, displays the diversity of the region's traditional culinary practices, delicious and enduring. The book contains more than 400 recipes, all tested and easy to follow, and covers all food categories with ample choice for both vegetarians and meat lovers, and many that will satisfy a sweet tooth. Ingredients and cooking techniques indigenous to the region are fully explained. Unlike the majority of cookbooks, the book uniquely traces the genesis and development of the Iraqi cuisine over the centuries, starting with the ancient Mesopotamians, through medieval times and leading to the present, aided throughout by the author's intimate native knowledge of cookery. Of particular interest are the book's numerous food-related folkloric stories, reminiscences, anecdotes, songs, poems, excerpts from narratives written by foreign visitors to the region, and cultural explications of customs, all interwoven with the recipes. The book is supplemented with detailed menus and an extended glossary to familiarize the reader with the indigenous ingredients used in creating authentic Iraqi meals. The book is a valuable addition to the shelves of specialized and general libraries and a must-have for food lovers everywhere.
REVIEWS OF THE FIRST EDITION "Humorous, insightful and a pleasure to read. Nawal Nasrallah blends recipes, culinary history, folklore, personal stories and art in a lively mix. Her recipes are precise and easy to follow, with tips and observations derived from her long experience with Iraqi cuisine. Highly recommended." PAULA WOLFERT, author of the award-winning Cooking of the Eastern Mediterranean "This cookbook is more than an introduction to Iraqi cuisine. It is in fact an introduction to Arab cooking in general, researched with the kind of depth not seen before in a cookbook of the Arab world and Middle East." CLIFFORD A. WRIGHT, winner of the James Beard/KitchenAid Cookbook of the Year and the Beard Award for Best Writing on Food for A Mediterranean Feast "A monument to energy, knowledge and enthusiasm. It is an account of origins and development as well as of the complex ethnic make-up of present-day Iraq." TOM JAINE, Petits Propos Culinaires "A project of meticulous and thorough research. Not only Iraqis will be proud of Nawal's achievement in presenting information, known in the main only to specialized Assyriologists and anthropologists, in such an accessible and easy-to-read volume." MARGARET OBANK, Banipal "A culinary odyssey through 8,000 years of Mesopotamian culture and some of the world's oldest recipes, preserved on 3,700-year old cuneiform tablets." RALPH BLUMENTHAL, New York Times "There are over 400 recipes, and the ones I have tried are wonderful. But although the recipes are in a way the main point of a cookbook, in another way they are here a mere vehicle for the stories, the food lore, the proverbs, the poetry, the word play and the sociological tidbits that Nasrallah has to share." CHRISTINE BARBOUR, Herald Times, Bloomington, Indiana商品の説明をすべて表示する
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I bought this book with the expectation that the second edition will bring with it improvement in the paper, colored photos and the general organisation of the book. I was mistaken. Yes the new edition is not as bulky and it is hard cover printed on glossy paper with colored photos here and there. However, the smaller font size and the quality of the print meant it is difficult to follow the recipes. The colored boxes are difficult to read due to their bright colors. The main problem however, lies in the absence of reference pages to the within chapter contents at the beginning of each chapter which used to exist in the previous edition. This means every time you are looking for a recipe, you have to go the index which has a very small size font.
I still think the book provides one of the most resourceful information on the cooking in Iraq. By simply following the recipes, you will be able to cook many authentic tasted meals.
My only complaint is that I cannot seem to get my samoon to come out right, no matter what I try. But that's probably the oven, definitely not the recipe.
This is a wonderful book with really fun, easy food to try. We are having a great time with it.
Certainly, the author had made great effort to get these recipes in one book and got to salute her for this wonderful work preserving our great tradition, however we think the book needs sort of some tweaks i.e. the fonts are so faint to read ! some of the recipes are not accurate e.g. the bread (samoon) should not have oil added to the mixture of flour and water otherwise it would turn to a kind of cake rather than bread. All together, the book is great and I advise every Iraqi family should have it