Veggiestan: A Vegetable Lover's Tour of the Middle EastHardback
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- Publisher: PAVILION BOOKS
- Format: Hardback | 272 pages
- Dimensions: 192mm x 250mm x 30mm | 1,179g
- Publication date: 6 October 2011
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1862058849
- ISBN 13: 9781862058842
- Illustrations note: 100 colour photographs
- Sales rank: 7,629
VEGGIESTAN or 'land of the vegetables'. There is of course no such word, and no such country. But in this upbeat guide to Middle Eastern vegetarian cookery Sally Butcher proves that the region more than merits the term, and that its constituent nations are simmering, bubbling, bursting with sumptuous vegetarian traditions and recipes. Written in her trademark engaging and knowledgeable style, Sally takes a fresh look at many of the more exciting ingredients available on our high streets today as well as providing a host of delicious recipes made with more familiar fare. From fragrant Persian noodle rice to gingery tamarind aubergines, pink pickled turnips and rose petal jam this book is filled with aromatic herbs and spices, inspiring ideas and all the knowledge needed to cook wonderful vegetarian food.
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Sally Butcher is the fiery-haired proprietress of the notable Persian food store Persepolis in Peckham, London, which she runs with her Persian husband, Jamshid. She is also a prolific author and blogger, who has amassed a devoted online following for her food-, shop- and Peckham-related musings. The foodie delights of the Middle East are her specialist subject, but she has been known to venture far and wide for inspiration. Her first book, Persia in Peckham, was published to critical acclaim and short-listed for the 2008 Andre Simon Award. It was also selected by the Sunday Times as their cookery book of the year. Her following tomes, Veggiestan and Snackistan, published by Pavilion, have also received critical acclaim.
By Kate Puniard 13 Jul 2013
I took a punt on this cookbook, wondering if it would just be more hommus and falafel...and yes, these recipes feature, but it is much, much more than that. Great recipes, new discoveries and lots of useful supporting information to take your Middle Eastern vegeterian cookery to the next level. Written in a light hearted, but informative and engaging style, there are some gems in here that will definitely make it in to premanent rotation, and many more I'm intrigued to try out.