Falastin: A Cookbook

Ten Speed: Crown. Jul. 2020. 352p. ISBN 9780399581731. $35. COOKING
With recipes both new and traditional, this is a companion to Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi’s Jerusalem, weaving stories and recipes to get to the heart of Palestine, while acknowledging the political realities of the region. Intended as a practical cookbook with recipes that are “doable as well as delicious,” the work rejects hard-to-find ingredients and complicated steps. Sections include Breakfast; Snacks, Spreads, and Sauces; Veggie Sides and Salads; Soups; Veggie Mains; Fish; Meat; Breads and Pastries; and Sweets, as well as a glossary and index. The book also features 130 photographs that tell the story of Palestine’s people and cuisine. With recipes that include options for “playing around” (tips and alternatives), “getting ahead” (make ahead and meal-prep options), as well as metric conversions for ingredients, the authors make good on the promise to offer doable and delicious options.
VERDICT Perfect for home cooks wanting to try new flavors and explore Middle Eastern options.
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