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The Cooking of the Eastern Mediterranean: 300 Healthy, Vibrant, and Inspired Recipes

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The Cooking of the Eastern Mediterranean refers both Paula Wolfert's love of great food and the pioneering spirit that has inspired her to travel across the globe many times over in search of the world's best recipes. In all of her remarkable books, she delves with tireless enthusiasm into her research and writing, ensuring each recipe's authenticity and accessibility. In ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published May 7th 1994 by Ecco (first published 1994)
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Michele
Dec 28, 2008 Michele rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Passionate home cooks looking to expand their collection with Mediterranean focused cookbooks
Wolfert is no novice when it comes to cookbooks on Mediterranean cooking - she's written six cookbooks on the region - but this is the first one dedicated to the topic of slow. She points out in the intro that the book isn't sponsored by the Slow Food movement, but you can't help but notice the similarities - slow cooking, savoring food, an effort to capture the essence of specialties of a region.

Some of the recipes are indeed slow cooked as well - most notably a bevy of braised meat recipes, bu
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Note: This review will cover four books. The review will be the same in each of those books’ review sections.

I was recently at a Mediterranean/Arabic restaurant that was bursting with flavourful foods. We’re not talking your usual fast food Mediterranean food. We talking herbs, spices, fresh and hot flat breads (pouffed from cooking). I realized that even though I have been using herbs and spices in my cooking, raising a lot of my own fresh herbs, I could be doing a whole lot more.

So I searche
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Deb
Nov 23, 2014 Deb rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: cooks
So many things I've made from here have turned out wonderfully. Idiosyncratically arranged, sometimes a bit fussy, but many extraordinary recipes -- Georgian, Turkish, Bulgarian, Syrian, etc. Lots of ethnographic details and lore.
Candace
Jan 03, 2008 Candace rated it it was amazing
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next to deborah madison, paula wolfert is my culinary guru. i can say, without an ounce of exaggeration, that every recipe we've ever made from this book has been outstanding.
Chris
Sep 09, 2010 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Found it at goodwill Clinton Hill for a few bucks. Inspiring the coming winter with home. cooked. meals.
Molly
Oct 07, 2013 Molly rated it really liked it
For years I looked for a recipe for something a deli I used to go to called the "Megaderra Sandwich." I knew it was refried lentils and onions, wrapped in a flatbread, but could NOT find a recipe for "megaderra" anywhere. Finally I stumbled upon the connection between "megaderra" and "megadarra" and "mujadarrah," and also found out that about 80% of the recipes online for any of the above led back to this book--which I had owned for several years at that point and had somehow NEVER OPENED. I don ...more
Nikki
I really need to try some recipes from this book, which covers primarily Macedonia, northern Greece, Turkey, northern Syria, and the Republic of Georgia. A few call for unusual ingredients, but most would be easily sourced in any decent supermarket. It's probably just fear of the unfamiliar that keeps me from making Zucchinis Stuffed with Bulgur, Tomatoes and Hot Pepper (also includes ground lamb or beef but I suspect you could leave that out for a meatless dish)or Adzharian-Style Green Beans wi ...more
Ivonne
Jan 31, 2015 Ivonne marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Tina
Aug 20, 2007 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite cookbooks. Rich, deep, light, smooth...it's all here.

This is a sophisticated cookbook full of the kind of recipes that nudge you into experimenting with the recipes and making them your own.
Christie
Jul 09, 2007 Christie rated it it was amazing
Worth the price (at the Strand, of course) just for the red lentil with caramelized onion soup. The spices required are pretty easily found at Sahadi's, or other import stores.
Alison
Nov 30, 2007 Alison rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Looked like a lot of good recipies-just really labor intensive so it wasn't what I was looking for.
Yaaresse
May 09, 2016 Yaaresse rated it it was amazing
So much goodness in here, and it's still a "go to" after 20+ years in print.
Catherine Woodman
Jul 29, 2011 Catherine Woodman rated it really liked it
Excellent cookbook with alot of information about the region as well
Angela
Mar 25, 2012 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Delicious recipes & lots of healthy yet scrumptious ideas.
Catherine Woodman
Jul 29, 2011 Catherine Woodman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love her, and this is one of my favorites
Cindy
Feb 05, 2013 Cindy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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A few ideas, but a slow read.
Betsey
Sep 19, 2007 Betsey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the best ever cookbook.
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