Title: Rose Water and Orange Blossoms: Fresh & Classic Recipes from my Lebanese Kitchen
Author: Maureen Abood
Publisher: Running Press
Publication Date: April 28, 2015
Number of Pages: 256
How I Got It: Netgalley
Pomegranates and pistachios. Floral waters and cinnamon. Bulgur wheat, lentils, and succulent lamb. These lush flavors of Maureen Abood's childhood, growing up as a Lebanese-American in Michigan, inspired Maureen to launch her award-winning blog, Rose Water & Orange Blossoms. Here she revisits the recipes she was reared on, exploring her heritage through its most-beloved foods and chronicling her riffs on traditional cuisine. Her colorful culinary guides, from grandparents to parents, cousins, and aunts, come alive in her stories like the heady aromas of the dishes passed from their hands to hers. Taking an ingredient-focused approach that makes the most of every season’s bounty, Maureen presents more than 100 irresistible recipes that will delight readers with their evocative flavors: Spiced Lamb Kofta Burgers, Avocado Tabbouleh in Little Gems, and Pomegranate Rose Sorbet. Weaved throughout are the stories of Maureen’s Lebanese-American upbringing, the path that led her to culinary school and to launch her blog, and life in Harbor Springs, her lakeside Michigan town.
Rose Water and Orange Blossoms teaches readers about another culture through mouthwatering photos, stories, and recipes. Ordered by courses (i.e. appetizers, main, dessert, etc.,) each section features family stories of the author's life and Abood is sure to share facts about Lebanese culture and where to find some of the ingredients that may not be in your pantry. I will definitely be reaching into this cookbook the next time I am looking for something new to try. It must be noted that the pictures alone are worth checking this book out. I have this in electronic form but will be purchasing a physical copy, not just for what's inside but that cover! This would be a beautiful and delicious addition to anyone's cookbook collection.
***Disclaimer:: I was given a copy of this release in exchange for an honest review. I received no additional compensation. ***