"The Arabesque Table sees food, recipes and stories as part of the on-going conversation (and feast!) between cultures and their cuisines. It sees food, stories and the identities these things are linked to as fluid, receptive; not as static or fixed in one time or place. As a result, the book is full to the brim with dishes which are rooted in tradition and at the same time creatively (and deliciously!) transcend it. I think it is wonderful!"
With a personal, engaging voice, The Arabesque Table bridges past and present to open up the world of Arabic cooking today, showcasing a mosaic of 130 delicious, accessible home recipes. Organized by primary ingredient, the recipes and vivid photographs bring the dishes to life while the narrative offers not only a sense of taste, but a sense of time and place as well.
More than just a compilation of modern Arabic recipes, The Arabesque Table celebrates the evolution of Arab cuisine and the stories of cross-cultural connection it recounts. Paying tribute to the history leading to this point, the book shows how cuisine, just like the arabesque patterns that inspired the title, is inherently intertwined and cross cultural, even as it remains crucial in defining the relationship between people, place and identity.
"With The Palestinian Table, Reem Kassis gracefully demonstrates the power of food to transcend the political divisions that are, too often, all we know of a place like Palestine. Reading and cooking from this essential book--a thoughtful collection of great recipes, historical and cultural insights, and beautiful photographs--will move you closer to understanding this complex, fascinating part of the world."
Winner of the Guild of Food Writers First Book Award and James Beard nominee for Best International Cookbook, The Palestinian Table is inspired by three generations of family tradition and weaves together a tapestry of personal anecdotes, local customs, historical context and nearly 150 recipes to create a feast for the senses. It take readers on a gastronomic journey across Palestine, showcasing the rich culinary history of the area and giving rare insight into the heart of the Palestinian family kitchen. From simple breakfasts and speedy salads to celebratory meals fit for a feast, this sophisticated and approachable book is a must-have for those keen to discover more about the region’s culture, cooking and way of life, and those who appreciate the simple pleasures of being in the kitchen and the enriching power of food.