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This is a genuinely useful cookbook, good clear recipes using lots of spices to create a twist on familiar dishes like roast chicken and lamb. Lots of delicious ways with veg. Desserts are excellent. Every recipe I tried (perhaps 15, so far) worked well. My only gripe, and I have with this and with almost every book I buy now, is that I wish recipes could go back to an easy-to-use layout of first courses, or lunches, followed by mains, followed by sweets, etc. The current trend of menu-plan layouts makes for a prettier book but an irritated cook.
Middle Eastern cookery is new to me. So these recipes are quite interesting as an introduction. Altho not a vegetarian cookbook, there are many non-meat recipes, using vegetables and grains, that make a novel change. If I had to pay full bookshop price, I'd not have bothered. But the Amazon price is a sufficient bargain to encourage me to give Sabrina Ghayour a whirl. The book itself is nicely produced, attractive to look at and a pleasure to browse, in my view.
I love the way Sabrina puts together many ingredients and comes up with exceptional dishes. This book is super. I cannot wait to start making many of them. Spent over an hour when it arrived just going through the pages and looking at the recipes and end results. Highly recommend if you are a foodie and don't mind spending some time creating your meals. The breakfasts are super looking.
The recipes in this book are very easy to follow and bursting full of flavour. There is a recipe for butterflied lamb shoulder with pomegranate and cucumber salsa - it is absolutely the best! The result is juicy, tender lamb well seasoned and pairs amazingly with the salsa recipe included. The downside is some of the vegetarian recipes (e.g. the cabbage and yoghurt recipe) are a little odd and do not taste as expected but overall, the book is very good.
I've got a few of Sabrina's books so bought this one too. I like it to refer to sometimes if I don't know what else to cook from some leftover middle-eastern spices that i have in my cupboard. Not that different from the other books but enjoy cooking from it from time to time - mostly when entertaining friends.