The Cooking of the Eastern Mediterranean: 300 Healthy, Vibrant, and Inspired Recipes
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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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Dec 28, 2008 Michele rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Nov 06, 2007 Deb rated it 5 of 5 stars 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.
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.
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...more
Found it at goodwill Clinton Hill for a few bucks. Inspiring the coming winter with home. cooked. meals.
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
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
This is one of my favorite cookbooks. Rich, deep, light,'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.
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.
Looked like a lot of good recipies-just really labor intensive so it wasn't what I was looking for.
Catherine Woodman
Excellent cookbook with alot of information about the region as well
Delicious recipes & lots of healthy yet scrumptious ideas.
Catherine Woodman
I love her, and this is one of my favorites
A few ideas, but a slow read.
the best ever cookbook.
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