The new book of middle eastern food: It is my bible-my encyclopedia on Middle Eastern cuisine. Its an old classic printed originally in 1972 and has been called “the landmark in the field of cookery” by James Beard. The book has very simple and very healthy recipes from all the four regions; Iran, Arab cooking from Syria, Lebanon and Jordan, Turkish cuisine and North African cooking ( Morocco). If you like to see pictures then this is not the one for you. It has over 800 recipes but only about 24 pictures. But if you like the idea of reading all about the middle eastern cuisine…the history of the food, classic cooking tales, eating habits, many many snippets from literature and more. I have cooked so much from the book that I am not sure which recipes I like the best. Having said that the salad section in my favourite.
The mezze cookbook: As a child I would often dream of hosting pretty tea parties complete with delicate china, doilies, sandwiches and teacakes. As I grew up I realized I disliked tea and coffee was made for me. But I still lived with the romantic idea of enjoying little bites with friends and families. Only they were not very British but middle eastern. If you love mezze, get this one. The hummus beiruty ( Beirut style chickpea dip) gets made by kilos at our home and so is the Mohamra (walnut dip). Gemista (stuffed vegetables) is another gem. Over 90 delicious appetizers from Greece, Lebanon and Turkey.
Asian Cuisine (excluding Indian)
Encyclopedia of sandwiches: A book that comes in the shape of a sandwich, has the history and hundreds of recipes for sandwiches from all over the world and is my savior so many times a month when all we want to eat is a sandwich for lunch. Written by blogger Susan Russo of Foodblogga; a blog that I was introduced by another fellow blogger; the book makes you look at the humble sandwich with new eyes.
The perfect scoop: You’ve got to love a man who has a great sense of humour, creates luscious icecreams, gelatos, sorbets and granitas,writes well and umm…lives in Paris(?). Another book from which I have tried nearly everything and has never disappointed me. The perfect scoop and my ice cream maker are my best friends. Oh and if you haven’t read his book The sweet life in Paris then you must.
The best little marinades cookbook: Most days when I stand in front of the refrigerator praying that dinner should materialize on its own, this book always comes to my rescue. Don’t be fooled by its size. Tons of inspiring, zesty marinades, dry rubs, pastes and more that have often helped me to put together a meal with whatever I have in my fridge and my pantry.