Food as a window on culture

Slate has an interesting review of Claudia Roden’s cookbook, Arabesque, saying it provides an excellent primer on Middle Eastern history, society and culture, as well as on the food of Lebanon, Morocco and Turkey, which it is ostensibly about.

“A subtle and comprehensive introduction to Middle Eastern food, it offers a different but equally enlightening angle on a part of the world that most Americans think of only in terms of politics. And, unlike many books that attempt to explain the Middle East, it’s not weighed down by arcane historical details and ideological crossfire.”

Will have to add that to the wishlist. I adore Middle Eastern food – the legacy of once hanging around with lots of Lebanese chefs in Toulouse. Hummus, kofta, baba ghanoush, tabbouleh, it all zings with fresh flavours and it always seems really healthy too. Have yummy recipes so will post those later.


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