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Posted January 11, 2013
Was this construed as some sort of anti-armenian cookbook? It definitely reads like one. The authors of this book somehow managed to distort and marginalize the 4,000 year old history of armenians. There's truth in that Armenians have definitely taken from and contributed to the cuisines of the surroundng nations, but to take away the idea of there ACTUALLY being armenian foods is just ridiculous. Reducing the national cuisine of Armenians to some pitiful lentil soup? Because they were stateless? The absence of a state does not mean absence of a unique culture. This is supposed to be a cookbook, not an ignorant and insensitive revision of history. Armenians weren't starving to death because of some weird event that took place as a consequence of WWI, it was those silly Turkish shenanigans. Y'know. The genocide. Systematic murder and displacement. No biggie.
This book is just insulting.
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Posted December 19, 2013
This book is a good review of how Armenians have influenced the food culture over the years. It reads more like a history book rather than a cookbook and has some interesting facts like the introduction of coffee to Europe by an Armenian. I agree with the previous commentators remarks about the significance of Armenians transcends statehood, but feel the book deserves more than a one star rating. Overall, it is interesting book and backed up with a significant bibliography of research.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.