COOKING & FOOD

The Tahini Table: Go Beyond Hummus with 100 Recipes for Every Meal

Agate. Nov. 2020. 248p. ISBN 9781572842892. $29. COOKING
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In this standout collection, Zitelman (CEO and cofounder, Soom Foods) and cookbook writer Schloss go above and beyond tahini-based recipes, while not skipping hummus entirely. The book begins with a short introduction explaining quality tahini, and moves on to an in-depth discussion of a well-stocked Mediterranean pantry. After offering new tips on chopping garlic and saving lemon zest, Zitelman presents the recipes, which are categorized by meal. Helpfully, she uses a code to identify those appropriate for various dietary restrictions. There are many recipes for sauces, dressings, and dips (e.g., the melodiously named cannellini tahini). Breakfast includes new takes on staples such as tahini banana bread, while lunch sandwiches, salads, and sides branch out to a tahini version of cold spicy sesame noodles. The main dishes use tahini in creative ways, with skillet chicken with date syrup, sumac, and tahini stealing the show. Zitelman shows us that even desserts can be based on tahini.
VERDICT The photos in the book beautifully showcase the recipes, through which Zitelman has accomplished her goal to make cooking with tahini more accessible for all home cooks. A must-have resource.

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