Middle Eastern Cookbook


Review by Debbie Mazo


Middle Eastern cuisine features aromatic, spicy dishes full of flavor and texture. A rich heritage has led to the creation of a tremendous variety of dishes--some distinctive to the region, others imported from neighboring countries or parts of Europe. If you're ready for a wonderful taste trip, check out the virtual pages of the Middle Eastern Cookbook.

Hosted by a grandmother of five, Sabria Farid Toma, this webpage was created to preserve Middle Eastern cooking traditions for generations to come. Featuring an easy-to-use cookbook, the webpage includes recipes based on local variations but translated into workable Western terms. Unlike most other cookbooks, this one encourages you to modify the recipes. Increase or reduce the seasoning to your taste. Eliminate an ingredient if you don't like it; add more if you do.

With a varied selection of recipes, you can experiment with everything from soups, salads, and appetizers to entrees to desserts. To start your meal, try the Baba Ghanooge, a vegetable dip which includes eggplant, Tahini, and garlic that you can serve cold or warm with sliced bread and/or vegetables. For your entrée, sample the Koozy or leg of lamb served on a bed of rice. Round off your Middle Eastern meal with a slice of Baklava topped with honey and a steaming cup of Turkish Coffee.

If you come across any unknown ingredients, browse through the Ingredients Description and Cross Reference Index which includes a list of ingredients, descriptions, and where to find them. Some ingredients are available through the Middle Eastern Store, a virtual market located on the webpage, where readers can order items used to prepare Middle Eastern foods.

Featuring dishes rich in proteins, fibers, vitamins, and taste, you'll be anxious to cook a Middle Eastern meal and do as the site says, "Enjoy yourself, excite your senses, and do it in good health."


About the Writer

Debbie Mazo is a writer and editor based in Vancouver, Canada. She currently specializes in technical and marketing materials, but is also pursuing opportunities in food journalism.



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