Afghan Food & Cookeryby Helen Saberi, Abdullah Breshna
Situated at the crossroads of four major regions-the Middle East, Central Asia, the Indian subcontinent and the Far East-Afghanistan has survived centuries of invasions, whether military, cultural or culinary. Its hearty cuisine includes a tempting variety of offerings: lamb, pasta, chickpeas, rice pilafs, flat breads, kebabs, spinach, okra, lentils, yogurt, pastries and delicious teas, all flavored with delicate spices, are staple ingredients.
This cookbook includes over 100 recipes, all adapted for the North American kitchen, for favorites like "Mantu" (Pasta filled with Meat and Onion), "Shinwari Kebab" (Lamb Chops Kebab), and "Qabili Pilau" (Yellow Rice with Carrots and Raisins). The author's informative introduction describes traditional Afghan holidays, festivals and celebrations. Also included is a section entitled "The Afghan Kitchen," which provides essentials about cooking utensils, spices, ingredients and methods. Complete with b/w maps and illustrations.
- Hippocrene Books, Inc.
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- Product dimensions:
- 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.66(d)
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An Afghan carry-out recently opened in my town and after one visit I wanted to learn myself how to cook Afghan food. This volume, the only Afghan cookbook in print that I could find, has provided a wonderful introduction. The recipes are clear and for the most part easy to follow; ingredients are easily found in my local supermarket. Results are just fantastic! If you are looking for a touch of the exotic in your kitchen this cookbook is for you.
I am involved with a teaching program on Three Cups of Tea, the story of Greg Mortenson's work in Afghanistan creating peace by building schools in rural villages. I wanted to prepare some traditional Afghan cookery for a social gathering being held to promote this program. I found this cookbook easy to follow, the recipes easy to make, and the results from the recipes delicious and tasty with a variety of interesting spices. A good choice for those interested in trying ethnic cooking.
Good recipes with helpful substitutions for ingredients not readily available in all U.S. markets. Afghan cuisine has a taste similar to other Middle Eastern cuisines plus a taste that reminds one of Indian food but is not as spicy or creamy.