Tamarind and Saffron: Favourite Recipes from the Middle East

Tamarind and Saffron: Favourite Recipes from the Middle East


By (author) Claudia Roden

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 184mm x 244mm x 16mm | 699g
  • Publication date: 2 November 2000
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140466940
  • ISBN 13: 9780140466942
  • Illustrations note: colour and b&w illustrations
  • Sales rank: 91,150

Product description

Become captivated by Claudia Roden's middle eastern delights in "Tamarind & Saffron". "I don't think there's a recipe I don't want to cook in "Tamarind & Saffron". (Nigella Lawson). It includes: Aubergines in a spicy honey sauce; baby onions in tamarind; sweet jewelled rice; and saffron caramel cream. These are just some of the sumptuous recipes in Claudia Roden's collection of new and updated recipes, suffused with all the heat, spice and sensual aromatics of the Middle East. Claudia Roden's "Book of Middle Eastern Food" (1968) was written for readers who had never eaten an aubergine, let alone cooked one. Today, Middle Eastern foods are enjoying amazing popularity, largely thanks to Roden's books. In "Tamarind and Saffron", Claudia Roden has brought together a fresh collection of recipes for this new generation of cooks, illustrated throughout with luscious photography. Praise for Claudia Roden: "Claudia Roden is no more a simple cookbook writer than Marcel Proust was a biscuit baker. She is, rather, memorialist, historian, ethnographer, anthropologist, essayist, poet ...". (Simon Schama). "Every one of Claudia's books introduced us to a delicious new world". (Sam and Sam Clarke). "Roden's great gift is to conjure up not just a cuisine but the culture from which it springs". (Nigella Lawson). "Claudia Roden's writing has the fascination of her conversation. Her books are treasure-houses of information and mines of literary pleasures". ("Observer"). As well as writing cookbooks and presenting cooking shows on the BBC, Claudia Roden is also a cultural anthropologist based in the United Kingdom. Born and brought up in Cairo, she finished her education in Paris before moving to London to study art. With the publication of her bestselling classic, "A Book of Middle Eastern Food" in 1968, Claudia Roden revolutionized Western attitudes to the cuisines of the Middle East. Since then she has published nine other books, including the award winning classic, "The Book of Jewish Food", and has won no fewer than six Glenfiddich awards for her writing. Her other books include "Arabesque", "A Book of Middle Eastern Food", "The Food of Italy", "Mediterranean Cookery" and "The Food of Spain".

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Author information

Claudia Roden has won many prestigious prizes including six Glenfiddich awards, including the Glenfiddich Trophy for "having single-handedly introduced the Western palate to Middle Eastern cuisine". Her seminal books include A BOOK OF MIDDLE EASTERNFOOD and THE BOOK OF JEWISH FOOD. She lives in Finchley, North London.

Editorial reviews

Thirty years after she first introduced a British audience to the subtle and aromatic delights of Middle-Eastern cuisine, Roden has assembled this updated collection of recipes for cooks who can now find humous on every supermarket shelf but still suspect there is more to the cuisines of the region than pitta and kebabs. From the simple but sublime Courgette Gratin to Tagine of Lamb with Prunes, these recipes concentrate on easy preparation and healthy eating, while retaining an essential, spicy sensuousness. (Kirkus UK)