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Summers Under the Tamarind Tree: Recipes and Memories From Pakistan

4.49  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Winner 'Best First Book' - Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2016, this stunning contemporary Pakistani cookbook celebrates the varied, exciting and often-overlooked cuisine of a beautiful country. Former lawyer-turned-food writer and cookery teacher Sumayya Usmani captures the rich and aromatic pleasure of Pakistani cooking through more than 100 recipes as she celebrates the ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published April 7th 2016 by Frances Lincoln
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Bundt
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
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This gorgeous memoir-slash-cookbook recaptures the author’s memories of growing up in Pakistan (her father was a merchant navy officer, and as such, the family traveled extensively and Sumayya spent her formative years on her father’s cargo ship). The beautifully photographed recipes capture Pakistan’s regional cuisines as well as dishes introduced by immigrants (Afghani lamb pulao, Parsi green masala fish in banana leaves), celebratory meals (mutton biryani with sour plums and dried pomegranate ...more
Stoned bug
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Today's Pakistan is facing loss of culture due to her embrace with globalization. Food is one of the worst hit; people work long hours and look for easy options for dinner which is being catered by international and local food chains.

Sumayya has done a great job at reminding the new age Pakistani foodie about the importance of authenticity without overcomplicating the recipes, she has reminded me that no two recipes will taste the same when started from scratch.

The artwork truly a feast for th
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Sammm
I will officially thoroughly read this in 2017; I flipped through it, and am honestly blown away by the photos. I'm putting the rating up because I really want this to at least be nominated in 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards for "Food & Cookbooks"; so anyone who does read cookbooks, please consider checking this one out? xD There's another one I'll be doing the same treatment, but assuming I can only nominate one, this one will be it!

My hopeful candidates for 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards "Food
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Hina
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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This is one of the most beautifully written and illustrated cookbooks I have come across. I discovered Sumayya Usmani's food blog through Saveur magazine and instantly fell in love with the way she wrote and expressed her fondness for her heritage, food, and culture. I'm from a Pakistani background as well and have had the pleasure of eating some of the most delicious foods from the country while growing up there. Sumayya's recipes are as authentic as they come. The photography is gorgeous, and ...more
Zulekha Saqib
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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'When people think of Pakistan, they probably picture a simple land plagued by troubles. But having grown up in Karachi, to me Pakistan means a peaceful, happy childhood filled with exciting scents, sounds and most importantly, flavors. Food is the spirit of Pakistani people and it's something that has been many thousands of years in making'

It has to be my favorite cook-book that truly reflects the spirit, the passion and the flavor of Pakistan in such a beautiful way.. you can find both traditi
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Kookie
May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Gorgeous pictures. Recipes seem complicated but can be used as inspiration to expand the flavors used in everyday cooking no matter what cuisine you like to make.
Laura
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Although the book misses some of my village favorites it is a good start - there are so few good Pakistani cooking books!
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Born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan, Sumayya Usmani is an internationally published food writer, author and cookery teacher, who is recognised by BBC Good Food as the UK’s ‘go-to’ expert for Pakistani cuisine.

Based in Glasgow and London, Sumayya is passionate about the rich culinary heritage of Pakistan, and her writing and teaching are devoted to sharing those distinct flavours and exploring the
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