THE SAVORY SECRETS of DODI'S HOME COOKING

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Several years ago I married an Egyptian man who loved my American cooking; however, I knew it would not be long before he yearned for recipes familiar to his native country. I decided to try a few Middle Eastern dishes I found over the internet. They turned out okay but just that, okay. Let's face it; no woman wants her husband to think her cooking is just okay.

One day we were invited to a friend's house for dinner. That's where I first met ...
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Overview

Several years ago I married an Egyptian man who loved my American cooking; however, I knew it would not be long before he yearned for recipes familiar to his native country. I decided to try a few Middle Eastern dishes I found over the internet. They turned out okay but just that, okay. Let's face it; no woman wants her husband to think her cooking is just okay.

One day we were invited to a friend's house for dinner. That's where I first met Howida (Dodi). She was a charming woman, and as I was soon to find out, an excellent cook. She had prepared a lavish feast as delightful to the eye as to the palate. We were presented with one mouthwatering surprise after another: savory soups, colorful salads, incredible entrees, and delectable desserts. Many of the spices were as unfamiliar to me as the names of the dishes. Nevertheless, each course was a delicious treat.

As women often do when invited to a friend's house for dinner, I asked if I could copy those recipes to make for my husband. She said that they were all in her head, not in a cookbook. Dodi went on to explain that she had many recipes which had been passed down through generations of females in her family.

Over time, I managed to convince Dodi to share her family trade secrets with all of us, and I'm now proud to introduce to you, this fine collection of recipes, entitled . . . "The Savory Secrets of Dodi's Home Cooking". Enjoy! Michelle (Layla) Easton-Ewais
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781432725570
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/8/2008
  • Pages: 92
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.24 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2008

    Incredible Egyptian Recipes

    These recipes are unbelievably good. I never liked potato salad before until I tried this ladies recipe. It's really incredible. The Hazelnut Cobbler rules!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2008

    Beautiful Cookbook is Must-Have for Your Collection

    I always take a little time to skim through cookbooks while at my local bookstore. I like discovering new ingredients, or perhaps just new ways to use already familiar ingredients. I enjoy taking a moment to envision the great dinner parties I will host and the compliments I will receive on the unique and delicious menu I prepared. Above all, I love to stare at the beautiful pictures of the final product as created by the author. While my limited culinary skills may never allow for an exact visual replica of the dish as it¿s intended, the colorful presentations provide something to which I can aspire. The new cookbook The Savory Secrets of Dodi¿s Home Cooking by Howida ¿Dodi¿ Elhalogy exceeds all of my prerequisites for a great addition to anyone¿s kitchen collection. Mrs. Elhalogy grew up in an Egyptian village as the daughter of the province¿s mayor. Since her family did a lot of entertaining on their large estate, Mrs. Elhalogy learned at a young age to prepare meals for special events and eventually mastered the art of Middle Eastern cooking. She decided to pull together her family¿s recipes into this beautiful cookbook as a way of preserving a cultural tradition and of introducing a new audience to the amazing flavors and textures found in the dishes of the Middle East. I was first struck by the beauty of the book. Mrs. Elhalogy uses rich colors of yellow and orange on the cover, along with a photo of garlic, onion and cilantro (I¿m already sold ¿ you cannot do better than those ingredients for a great-smelling kitchen!) to draw her readers into the culinary treasures inside. Once I turned the pages, I found page after page of beautiful pictures highlighting the table presentations that can be created with her recipes. When necessary, there were even ¿action photos¿ showing how to proceed correctly with certain steps in the recipe. I am a cook who hesitates to try a new recipe unless I can see the intended end product, so the pictures that accompanied each recipe were much appreciated. The recipes themselves provided explicit step-by-step instructions. I have tried to work from other cookbooks that take certain steps in the process for granted, inevitably leading me to make a critical error. Not so with the recipes written by Dodi. The recipes develop methodically from the initial washing of ingredients to the necessary garnishes. I feel confident that, even though I would be working with some food that is unfamiliar to me, Dodi has provided enough instruction to ensure my success. And, just in case aspiring cooks of Middle Eastern cuisine still have some concern when working through her recipes, Dodi includes a glossary of some of the more unusual ingredients, along with their alternate names and descriptions. This component of the Helpful Hints section, along with the recipes¿ Arabic translations on each page, provide an opportunity to learn about the individual foods while you are bringing them together for a meal. As I read through each recipe, I was struck by an even greater opportunity that this book provides than just creating amazing food. A primary way of learning about a culture is through its traditional foods. I think back to ¿Culture Days¿ as a young child at school, when we would bring in a meal from the country of our choice. Learning about food opens the doors to other conversations, and this truth continues into adulthood. Why is a particular ingredient a staple of the diet in certain cultures? What are the most common cooking methods and why are they used? What are the standard customs practiced when eating a meal? I believe that by discussing these questions and other topics that may evolve from the conversation, we can gain greater appreciation and understanding for individuals from around the world. The recipes in The Savory Secrets of Dodi¿s Home Cooking provide an excellent catalyst for just this purpose. My husband and I have long considered Middle Easter

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2008

    Savory Secrets Of Dodi's Home Cooking

    The pictures in this book are what drew my attention. The food really does taste as good as it looks. I never really had Egyptian style cooking until now and I'd have to say that I am 100% sold. The lentil soup is addicting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2008

    Savory Secrets Of Dodi's Home Cooking

    The book looked so pretty that I couldn't pass it up as a birthday gift to my roommate. Last week we decided to make the Delicious ¿DUCK¿ Delicacy and Kishk recipes. God they were really tasty so last night we decided to try out the Eggplant Salad and the Bechamel Zucchini and Bechamel Macaroni dishes. Since we made enough to feed an army we decided to invite some neighbors over. Now they want a copy of the book for their birthdays. Go figure!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2008

    Savory Secrets Of Dodi's Home Cooking

    My husband went crazy over these dishes. This is the first time in history he made a point to let me know how much he enjoyed my cooking. Little does he know the recipes came from this book. The beef stew and koshary were by far his favorites. Thank you ms. Egyptian lady for sharing your secrets!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2008

    easy and tasty

    it is really a very intersted book espically for people who really do not know how to cook, it is easy to follow the instructions and very tasty when you finish cooking , there is many books in the market i try to do like them , but this is the most great one for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2008

    ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL!

    The spices in these recipes are absolutely delicious. Every recipe I tried thus far makes you want to keep coming back for more. I made some of these dishes for pot luck at work and everyone went out of their way to let me know how much they loved them. Major 5 star recipes!!!!! I recommend them highly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2008

    A reviewer

    I have tried many of the recipes in the book and they turned out to be great and delicious . I loved every single recipe especially the deserts they are great.I come from an arabic background an honeslty I havent seen anyone that knows how to make such recipes as they have in this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2008

    Dodi you are the best ever.

    Dodi my lovely aunt is one of the best cookers in the world, we all wait for the summer when she comes to Egypt for the family gathering & the delicious meals she prepares, she has an excellent reputation not only in the family but also among our friends & relatives.I think we should thank her for sharing her marvelous recipes, love u Dodi.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2008

    The perfect Egyptian meals.

    This book is really exellent containing very good egyptian meals.

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    Posted November 1, 2008

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