Enebla: Recipes from an Ethiopian Kitchen

Touchwood Editions. Oct. 2022. 176p. ISBN 9781771513623. $35.00. COOKING
Moges makes Ethiopian cooking accessible to all levels of home chefs in this debut cookbook with recipes for breakfast, mains, sides, desserts, and beverages. Images of Ethiopia and Moges’s own snapshots are mixed in with full-page food photos. A glossary presents recipe names in Amharic script alongside an English translation. The Amharic script is also carried throughout the book, with each recipe title written in the language. What really shines in this collection is the small personal anecdote included before each recipe that draw connections between all types of food lovers and families. Ethiopa-specific ingredients are usually accompanied by a description with further information, though some home cooks may find themselves looking up a few unexplained spices or terms. Most recipes use ingredients that can be found at any U.S. grocery store, but some of the dishes might require an online purchase or a trip to a specialized shop.
VERDICT An approachable and personal compendium, that, while slightly dated in design, is recommended for public libraries with strong food-focused communities.
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