Purple Citrus and Sweet Perfume: Cuisine of the Eastern Mediterranean

Purple Citrus and Sweet Perfume: Cuisine of the Eastern Mediterranean

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By (author) Silvena Rowe

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  • Publisher: Hutchinson
  • Format: Hardback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 190mm x 244mm x 26mm | 1,021g
  • Publication date: 27 July 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0091930960
  • ISBN 13: 9780091930967
  • Illustrations note: PHOTOGRAPHS THROUGHOUT
  • Sales rank: 20,581

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Silvena Rowe invites you on a journey through Oriental Mediterranean history, sampling some of the best-kept secrets of the culinary world along the way. The olive, rosemary and basil of the west are here combined with the exotic spices of the east, for a contemporary cuisine of surprising lightness and variety - proof, if proof were needed, that there is more to the Mediterranean than just Italy and France. It's food for sharing, food for healthy living, food for celebrating - and above all it's delicious! Silvena Rowe gives her own modern twist to the classic recipes of a rich tradition, following in the footsteps of the great Ottoman chefs who combined the sweet and the sour, the fresh and the dried, the honey and cinnamon, saffron and sumac, scented rose and orange flower waters. Presenting mouth-watering recipes alongside stunning photography, "Purple Citrus & Sweet Perfume" brings to life the natural beauty and irresistible flavours of the Eastern Mediterranean.

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Silvena Rowe was born and raised in the ancient city of Plovdiv, just 500 kilometres from the Ottoman capital of Constantinople. Her Turkish father instilled in her a love of cooking, and he passed down, as generations had before him, the traditions of the Ottoman cuisine. Silvena's familial and professional backgrounds place her in a unique position to share with others the best of the Eastern Mediterranean kitchen. Silvena is the executive chef at the Baltic Group restaurants, which includes the London restaurants Baltic, Chez Kristoff and Wodka. She regularly appears on Saturday Kitchen (BBC1) where she is among the highest-profile female chefs. In the past she has appeared on ITV's Saturday Cook and Great Food Live (UKTV Food Network) where she cooked on an almost weekly basis. Most recently Silvena was the judge on the BBC's Young Chef of the Year. Her diverse experience in the food world ranges from working in conjunction with major brands such as Waitrose's Delicatezze, to writing for the Guardian, and to working on David Cronenberg's film, Eastern Promises. Silvena's first book, Feasts, won a prestigious Glendfiddich Food and Drink award.

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"The pages are so packed with Silvena's characteristic enthusiasm and irresistible passion, I defy anyone to resist." -- Heston Blumenthal "Gloriously presented recipes from lesser-known regions of the eastern Mediterranean which draw on Rowe's Ottoman heritage and her passion for the region, as she weaves poetry, fairy tale and history into her cookbook. Another one for fans of the Moro and Ottolenghi cookbooks to savour." Editor's Pick, Bookseller "Filled with recipes that are as beautiful to look at as they are delicious to eat." Daily Mail "This enticingly photographed book is a great read and a fascinating exploration of Eastern Mediterranean food and culture." Delicious Magazine "Remarkable and seductively beautiful" Adelaide Independent