Jeanne Calment, who lived to be 121, credited one thing for her long life: olive oil.
Olive oil enthusiasts and experts Alice Alech and C cile Le Galliard join forces in this complete guidebook discussing the amazing--almost miraculous--health benefits of olive oil. From slowing the effects of Alzheimer's to building healthy bones, extra virgin olive oil is unrivaled in its natural goodness. With detailed research and findings from doctors, medical researchers, nutritionists, and chefs around the globe, The 7 Wonders of Olive Oil explores the role olive oil plays in the Mediterranean diet, covers tips for cooking with, buying, and storing the green nectar, and most of all, reveals its seven amazing health benefits including:
- Cancer prevention
- Skin rejuvenation
- Healthy bones
- Alzheimer's disease prevention
- Reduction in risk for diabetes
- Stroke and heart attack prevention
Few locations in the world offer as many captivating ancient sites and monuments as Greece, and the ancients who built them knew how to choose spectacular natural settings that in themselves would satisfy any traveler. With its text rich in maps, site plans, and photographs, Ancient Greece provides potential explorers eager to bask in both beauty and history with a wealth of material to ignite the imagination and facilitate trip planning. Authors Meagher and Neave structure the book around four itineraries, three of which correspond to distinct eras and regions. The Minoan itinerary unfolds on Crete; the Mycenaean is focused on the Peloponnese; the Classical itinerary on Athens. The final, eclectic itinerary focuses on the Cyclades and features island-hopping and a survey of the full span of Greek antiquity from the late Neolithic Age through the Classical period when the island of Delos, the mythical birthplace of Apollo, was the religious center of the Aegean. Each itinerary includes witty and erudite explorations of mythology, history, literature, archaeology, and architecture, as well as concrete help finding the most stunning sites that preserve and breathe that history today.
In the 1960s Claudia Roden introduced Americans to a new world of tastes in her classic A Book of Middle Eastern Food. Now, in her enchanting new book, Arabesque, she revisits the three countries with the most exciting cuisines today--Morocco, Turkey, and Lebanon. Interweaving history, stories, and her own observations, she gives us 150 of the most delectable recipes: some of them new discoveries, some reworkings of classic dishes--all of them made even more accessible and delicious for today's home cook.From Morocco, the most exquisite and refined cuisine of North Africa: couscous dishes; multilayered pies; delicately flavored tagines; ways of marrying meat, poultry, or fish with fruit to create extraordinary combinations of spicy, savory, and sweet. From Turkey, a highly sophisticated cuisine that dates back to the Ottoman Empire yet reflects many new influences today: a delicious array of kebabs, fillo pies, eggplant dishes in many guises, bulgur and chickpea salads, stuffed grape leaves and peppers, and sweet puddings. From Lebanon, a cuisine of great diversity: a wide variety of mezze (those tempting appetizers that can make a meal all on their own); dishes featuring sun-drenched Middle Eastern vegetables and dried legumes; and national specialties such as kibbeh, meatballs with pine nuts, and lamb shanks with yogurt. Claudia Roden knows this part of the world so intimately that we delight in being in such good hands as she translates the subtle play of flavors and simple cooking techniques to our own home kitchens.
World-renowned chef Ramzi Choueiry revolutionized Arab cuisine and raised its standards on the international culinary stage. Known for being Lebanon's first television chef and always having a bright smile on his face, Chef Ramzi now shares his finest and tastiest recipes in The Arabian Cookbook, which combines traditional dishes with a personal twist. With an introduction by Swedish chef Bo Masser and exquisite photographs by Bruno Ehrs, this comprehensive cookbook should be in every cook's collection.Filled with a bountiful range of appealing dishes, the book features simple recipes that will make preparing these delectable meals as enjoyable as consuming them. From classics like baba ghanoush, hummus, falafel, and baklava to the more exotic dishes such as dolmades stuffed with rice, squid in ink, sour chicken with sumac and walnuts, and fig marmalade with grape molasses, these tasty recipes bring the Arab culture right to your kitchen. Experience Arab cuisine with traditional dishes from Lebanon, Morocco, Iraq, and Egypt, and delight in the rich textures, appetizing aromas, and delicious flavors. These fifty-five recipes, ranging from appetizers, dips, and main courses to desserts and pastries, are perfect for those wishing to broaden their culinary expertise, as well as beginners who want to whip up some easy and delicious Arab dishes.
Craving dolphin meatballs? Can't find a reliable restaurant for boiled parrot? Have a hankering for jellyfish omelettes, sows' wombs in brine, sheep's brain pate, or stuffed mice? Look no further than Around the Roman Table, a unique hybrid cookbook and history lesson. A portrait of Roman society from the vantage point of the dining table, kitchen, and market stalls, Around the Roman Table offers both an account of Roman eating customs and 150 recipes reconstructed for the modern cook.Faas guides readers through the culinary conquests of Roman invasions--as conquerors pillaged foodstuffs from faraway lands--to the decadence of Imperial Rome and its associated table manners, dining arrangements, spices, seasonings, and cooking techniques. With recipes for such appetizing dishes as chicken galantine with lambs' brains and fish relish, Around the Roman Table is ideal for food aficionados who wish to understand how the desire for power and conquest was manifested in Roman appetites. There are many misconceptions about the food of ancient Rome that Faas sets out to correct. The result is half cookbook, half history book and is entirely fascinating to both chef and antiquarian alike.--Washington Times
Einat Admony is a 21st-century balaboosta (Yiddish for "perfect housewife").She's a mother and wife, but also a chef busy running three bustling New York City restaurants. Her debut cookbook features 140 of the recipes she cooks for the people she loves--her children, her husband, and the many friends she regularly entertains. Here, Einat's mixed Israeli heritage (Yemenite, Persian) seamlessly blends with the fresh, sophisticated Mediterranean palate she honed while working in some of New York City's most beloved kitchens.
The result is a melting pot of meals for every need and occasion: exotic and exciting dinner-party dishes (harissa-spiced Moroccan fish, beet gnocchi), meals just for kids (chicken schnitzel, root veggie chips), healthy options (butternut squash and saffron soup, quinoa salad with preserved lemon and chickpeas), satisfying comfort food (creamy, cheesy potatoes, spicy chili), and so much more.
"Baladi" means "my home, my land, my country," and Joudie once again pays homage to her homeland of Palestine by showcasing its wide ranging, vibrant and truly delicious dishes. Palestine is a country of different seasons and landscapes, and it is these diverse conditions that create the many and varied ingredients featured in the book. Joudie takes an entirely flexible approach to cooking, using influences from her home to create new dishes, and bringing her own twist to more traditional recipes.