Fast Feasts: Quick, Easy Recipes with a Middle-Eastern Twist

OH Editions. May 2022. 192p. ISBN 9781914317170. $24.95. COOKING
Filled with unique interpretations and combinations that push the envelope of weeknight meals, chef Gregory-Smith’s (Saffron in the Souks; Turkish Delights) latest is a breath of fresh air for the quick-and-easy cookbook market. Pandemic isolation, and recollections of traveling throughout the Middle East and North Africa, inspired Gregory-Smith to create these recipes for U.S.-based cooks, focused on practicality. The cookbook’s bright and lively layout and delectable photography are a perfect reflection of the recipes’ fresh ingredients and flavor-forward focus. Each chapter has a quick five-way guide to whipping up fast dinner enhancements (salad dressings; dips) to help round out meals. Most of Gregory-Smith’s recipes include time-savers, make-ahead strategies, and ideas for leftovers. His chapter on working-from-home lunches is extremely timely and welcome, and tons of veg options and lovely desserts make this yummy book hard to resist. Readers may need to re-stock their pantry at a local Middle Eastern market (or order online), but it will be worth it with this book to hand.
VERDICT Flavorful, easy, and unique, this cookbook will be an amazing addition to most cooking collections.
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