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An Edible Mosaic: Middle Eastern Fare with Extraordinary Flair
     

An Edible Mosaic: Middle Eastern Fare with Extraordinary Flair

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by Faith E. Gorsky, Lorraine Elliott (Foreword by)
 

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Cook vibrant and healthy dishes with this accessible Middle Eastern cookbook.

When Faith Gorsky married her Middle Eastern husband, she married more than just the man. She found herself introduced to a fascinating culture and cuisine that would forever change how she experienced food and cooking.

Faith's mother-in-law took her under her wing and in 6 months

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Cook vibrant and healthy dishes with this accessible Middle Eastern cookbook.

When Faith Gorsky married her Middle Eastern husband, she married more than just the man. She found herself introduced to a fascinating culture and cuisine that would forever change how she experienced food and cooking.

Faith's mother-in-law took her under her wing and in 6 months gave her a thorough course in Middle Eastern cooking that became the basis for her popular website, An Edible Mosaic. The growth and success of her website and her own developing interest led to more trips to the Middle East, deepening her knowledge of the cuisine which she shares in An Edible Mosaic.

In her new cookbook, Faith imparts her favorite Middle Eastern recipes, recipes anyone can make with a little work and some help from Faith! Her love for the cuisine of her husband's homeland shows in her enthusiasm for these dishes and the awareness that food is more than just a means of sustenance for the people of the Middle East—it lies at the epicenter of their gatherings with family and friends.

Delicious Middle Eastern recipes include:

  • Parsley Salad with Bulgur Wheat (Tabbouleh)
  • Creamy Chickpea and Yogurt Casserole (Fetteh)
  • Mashed Fava Beans with Olive Oil, Lemon Juice, and Garlic (Foul Mudammas)
  • Ground Chicken Kebabs (Kebab Dajaj)
  • Sumac-Spiced Chicken (M'sakhkhan)
  • Upside-Down Rice Casserole (Maqluba)
  • Date-Filled Cookies (Ma'amoul)
  • And many more…
The only traditional way to prepare authentic Middle Eastern food is to watch cooks in action. Nothing is written down, there are no cooking times, few enumerated steps, and certainly no measurements. With An Edible Mosaic the secrets of Arab and Mediterranean cooking become simple and demystified.

Editorial Reviews

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"prepare to salivate. It's guaranteed anytime you look at Faith Gorsky's An Edible Mosaic blog or leaf through her new cookbook. After marrying into a Middle Eastern family, she more than embraced the culture; she found a new way to express herself by learning how to cook its vibrant food and making it all her own." —Carolyn Jung, James Beard Award-winning food writer and creator of FoodGal.com blog

"Sharing authentic Middle Eastern recipes designated for the modern cook, Faith's passion for both the culture and food is positively contagious. Her compelling prose make each new combination of flavors all the more irresistible, so even the uninspired will find themselves compelled to start cooking as soon as the crack open An Edible Mosaic. Providing plenty of vegan recipes throughout, as well as many options to convert more traditional preperations into allerg-friendly dishes, there's a menu in here for every sort of eater to enjoy." —Hannah Kaminsky, author of My Sweet Vegan and Vegan Desserts

"An Edible Mosaic nudges the basic cook into the world f Middle Eastern cooking with simple, approachable recipes that jump off the page and into your kitchen. Faith turns creative combinations of real food and spices into beautiful dishes packed with flavor and nutrition." —Kath Younger, KatEats.com blog

"All in all, An Edible Mosaic gives you the information and inspiration you need to start exploring Middle Eastern cooking at home with confidence." —Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods

"An Edible Mosaic includes over 100 authentic Middle Eastern recipes, countless beautiful photographs, tips that will make all the difference in your dishes, prep techniques, and very informative explanations on the exotic ingredients and techniques of Mid-East cuisine. The recipes were mostly taught to Faith by her mother-in-law,Sahar. Faith then took that knowledge and demystified the exotic ingredients, tools and techniques and made them very approachable. Even if you are a complete beginner you will feel Faith's gentle hand guiding you along the way to creating a successful Middle Eastern dish or feast." —HonestCooking.com blog

"This book gives general Middle Eastern recipes…It is a beautiful book with very easy to follow recipes." —Crafty Moms Share blog

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804842761
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
Publication date:
11/06/2012
Edition description:
Hardcover with Jacket
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
740,515
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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Meet the Author

Faith Gorsky fell in love with Middle Eastern cuisine when she spent six months living in Damascus. Her Syrian mother-in-law, who happens to be a master cook, was a willing teacher and patient guide. During the past six years, Faith has visited the Middle East four different times, each time expanding her passion and knowledge for both the cuisine and culture of the region. Combining her love for writing and cooking, Faith started her successful and wildly popular food blog, An Edible Mosaic (www.AnEdibleMosaic.com) and in two years has built a following of fans that love both her food and her writing. She cooks, writes and lives in Upstate New York.

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An Edible Mosaic: Middle Eastern Fare with Extraordinary Flair 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
VickyVK More than 1 year ago
My order arrived on time and in great condition!
SandrasBookNook More than 1 year ago
Though a long time fan of ethnic cuisine, my education in Middle Eastern fare has been sketchy at best, so I was delighted to get a chance to cook from and review this cookbook. The cover photo alone made my mouth water and made me want to dive in! I was somewhat surprised that the cover photo was of chicken kebabs--not something you'd necessarily expect from a book like this. I would have expected beef or lamb, but not chicken! My girls thought it looked amazing, so I thought I'd make some for supper--until it came to the spices. I don't have a Middle Eastern store handy, so I headed to the front of the book to make the Chicken Spice Mix myself. I ended up sitting there laughing as I would have to make 5 different batches of spice mix to finally get the Chicken Spice Mix!! While the spices weren't necessarily hard to find, they aren't necessarily spices I have right at hand, either. Therefore, the Chicken Kebabs still sit on my "to make" list, and we moved on. Meat Sautéed with Leeks (Bellasia) gets a definite thumbs up as does the Zucchini Fritters, and Sesame Seed Breads. The Spiced Shawarma Chicken Wraps have gone the way of the Chicken Kebabs for now as I haven't been able to find the fenugreek yet, and I'm not willing to purchase online and probably pay more for shipping than the spice itself. However, it is definitely on my "to make" list as well. Overall, this is a great book. I did lower the rating a bit as there are definitely some harder-to-find ingredients that make cooking some of the recipes a bit of a challenge. However, I do highly recommend this book. I received a copy of "An Edible Mosaic" from Tuttle Publishing for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago