My Halal Kitchen: Global Recipes, Cooking Tips, and Lifestyle Inspiration

My Halal Kitchen: Global Recipes, Cooking Tips, and Lifestyle Inspiration

by Yvonne Maffei


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Yvonne Maffei is the founder of the hugely popular cooking blog and Islamic lifestyle website My Halal Kitchen. Her new book, My Halal Kitchen: Global Recipes, Cooking Tips, and Lifestyle Inspiration, celebrates halal cooking and shows readers how easy it can be to prepare halal meals. Her cookbook collects more than 100 recipes from a variety of culinary traditions, proving that halal meals can be full of diverse flavors. Home cooks will learn to make classic American favorites and comfort foods, as well as international dishes that previously may have seemed out of reach: Coq without the Vin, Shrimp Pad Thai, Chicken Tamales, and many more.

The book also includes resources that break down the basics of halal cooking and outline common non-halal ingredients, their replacements, and how to purchase (or make) them. As Maffei often says to her million-plus social media followers, halal cooking elegantly dovetails with holistic living and using locally sourced, organic ingredients. In the halal tradition, every part of the farm-to-fork cycle has importance. This book is an ideal resource not only for Muslim home cooks, but also for any home cook looking to find delicious and healthy recipes from around the globe.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Praise for Yvonne Maffei, her blog, and her book, My Halal Kitchen:

“Yvonne Maffei. . . writes a popular cooking and nutrition blog, My Halal Kitchen, from her home north of Chicago. . . . Her simple recipe for medjools drizzled with tangy crème fraîche is excellent for transforming date doubters into date lovers.” —Julia Moskin, The New York Times

“Simple, family-friendly recipes shine in My Halal Kitchen, a cookbook that is at once exciting and approachable. She takes you on trip around the world from the family dinner table.” —Jennifer McGruther, cookbook author and founder of

“An approchable introduction to halal home cooking for Muslim and non-Muslim families alike.” —Library Journal

“[My Halal Kitchen] is a compendium of modern global classics, rendered halal through Maffei’s creative substitutions and described with the same cheery enthusiasm telegraphed in conversation by their author.” —

“Finally! Modern, observant Muslims can celebrate (with non-alcoholic bubbly, of course) a cookbook that shows how to make what everyone loves to eat in America right now.” —Dianne Jacob, author of Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Memoir, Recipes, and More

“I love eating out, but I'm glad to have this manual to halal home cooking! This book teaches you cooking and eating halal from A to Z.” —Sameer S. Sarmast, host of halal food show Sameer's Eats

“Maffei’s approach is one of abundance and creativity. . . . My Halal Kitchen presents readers—whether Muslim or those simply interested in considering their food choices more carefully—with a vast array of options that can redefine one’s relationship with the kitchen.” —Shelf Awareness

“Maffei shatters the notion that a halal diet means shunning dishes like pepperoni pizza.” —Chicago magazine

“This truly impressive and illustrated culinary compendium provides an informative overview of halal food and cooking. . . . Very highly recommended.” —Midwest Book Review

“The research that has been put into this book shines through and deserves much appreciation and respect not only from the Muslim community but any conscientious foodie. . . . It is a true treasure.” —Eat. Drink. Pure.

“An ideal resource not just for Muslims, but for any home cook searching for delicious and healthy recipes from a variety of culinary traditions.” —Dawn

“[Maffei’s] new cookbook celebrates halal cooking and shows readers how easy it can be to prepare halal meals.” —Eat Your Books

“You'll hear Maffei's passion and intelligence, and whatever your religious persuasion you'll no doubt relate to her motives: to find a deep and meaningful connection to the world.” —Alison Cuddy, WBEZ-FM

“A cook, food writer, and self-described Halal foodie.” —CBS News

Library Journal

Haffei's debut shares a title with her website My Halal Kitchen (, where she serves up recipes and lifestyle tips for readers who follow Islamic dietary law. After an introduction to halal food and cooking that includes sections on ingredient substitutes and creating a halal pantry, Haffei gathers recipes for basics (e.g., broths, condiments, pie crusts) and several global cuisines. Beginner-friendly recipes include beef pepperoni pizza, penne without the vodka, lemon tiramisu, and shredded goat tacos. Many reinterpretations of recipes that would normally call for pork products or alcohol are also offered. VERDICT An approachable introduction to halal home cooking for Muslim and non-Muslim families alike. Note that this printing includes editorial oversights that are difficult to overlook, such as numerous misspellings.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781572841741
Publisher: Agate
Publication date: 07/12/2016
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 587,416
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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