Eat, Habibi, Eat! Fresh Recipes for Modern Egyptian Cooking

Appetite by Random House. May 2021. 248p. ISBN 9780525610939. $30. COOKING
Following the model of some recent cookbooks, this is chef and CBC TV host Massoud’s take on classic dishes from his parents’ homeland. In Massoud’s case, the emphasis is on typical Egyptian dishes, inflected by his Canadian upbringing, French culinary training, and professional experience cooking in restaurants like New York’s Del Posto. With its personable, often humorous tone, Massoud’s first cookbook will inspire readers to try something new—whether a new recipe or a new culinary career. It has something for everyone, including desserts like Stuffed Arabic Pancakes with Maple-Glazed Apples, and kid-friendly snacks like Chickpea Fries. The straightforward recipes and easy-to-follow instructions are presented in a clean layout that clearly displays yields, time commitments, and ingredients. The book also includes a helpful rundown of pantry staples for Egpytian cooking, as well as beautiful photos of the finished dishes.
VERDICT Recommended for home cooks, Massoud’s attractive cookbook is a fine offering of modern, Egyptian-inspired dishes.
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