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Recipes and remembrances from an eastern Mediterranean kitchen : a culinary journey through Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan
Uvezian, Sonia.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Austin : University of Texas Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
438 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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TX725.M628 U94 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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The area comprising Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan has provided the world with one of its most distinguished culinary traditions, and, in this landmark volume, Sonia Uvezian gives this time-honored cuisine the kind of presentation it truly deserves. Written by a leading authority on Middle Eastern and Caucasian cuisines, this highly original cookbook offers hundreds of superb recipes, many of them not found elsewhere. Established favorites such as tabbuleh and baklava appear alongside exciting innovations and creative interpretations of classic dishes. The book also contains illuminating essays on a variety of topics, among them hospitality, meals and menus, and utensils. The essay on ingredients includes a definitive and much-need section on pomegranates and pomegranate molasses. What lends this book added distinction is the author's impressive grasp of the historical, cultural, and geographical influences that have shaped the region's cookery. With its personal reminiscences of an eastern Mediterranean childhood, evocative illustrations, and insightful anecdotes and proverbs, this revelatory work is a welcome blend of outstanding scholarship and entertaining reading. A genuine contribution to culinary literature, it will be a treasured addition to the library of anyone interested in Middle Eastern cooking and is destined to become a classic.

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Those who recall Beirut's heyday before the Lebanese civil war brought it all crashing down speak fondly of the city's lively beaches, its cosmopolitan atmosphere, and the multiple culinary traditions intersecting at the Mediterranean's eastern shore. Arabs, the French, Armenians, and Maronite Christians contributed to the melting pot that was Beirut. Uvezian grew up in the city's halcyon years, and she has re-created the recipes for foods she so happily recalls. Spices play a major role in Lebanese cooking; cinnamon and allspice add fragrance to both meats and vegetables. Lamb is the meat of choice, but beef makes a good substitute. Pork appears only in Maronite dishes. Vegetables come to the table lukewarm, reflecting a pan-Mediterranean tradition as well as sparing the cook exertion during the heat of the day. Those wanting to reproduce Uvezian's recipes may find some staples such as pomegranate molasses hard to find, but most ingredients appear in large supermarkets. --Mark Knoblauch