Imprint: Grub Street Cookery
288 Pages, 5.1 x 7.8 in
- July 2021
- In Stock
‘To write about the foods of all the countries that surround the Mediterranean could seem an impossibly ambitious task. Some fifteen countries border the sea, to say nothing of its many islands, and they span three continents. Yet when one starts to consider the matter it becomes clear that all these countries have a great deal in common, and the task seems simpler than first imagined. It is as if the sea itself has imposed a strong unifying effect on the areas surrounding it. Different as the countries may be, in terms of race, politics, religion and culture, in the end we are forced to acknowledge that food is based on quite other matters.’
So says Arabella Boxer in the Introduction to her meticulously researched and beautifully organized book which constitutes a gastronomic grand tour of the region where spices, olives, tomatoes, yogurt, salads, fruit and the clever use of fish and meat combine so satisfyingly and memorably. Within these pages she conjures up the rich and colorful world of Mediterranean food.
“Sweets get their due with such appetizing selections as a chocolate Artemis cake from Greece, and Tunisia’s Zriga, comprising pastry rolls served with a rose-water custard sauce. This deserves a spot, right next to Elizabeth David’s seminal Book of Mediterranean Food, on every home cook’s bookshelf.” ~Publishers Weekly
“Home cooks will find Arabella Boxer’s food writing to be evocative and the recipes simply irresistible. 'Mediterranean Cookbook' proves that photos are not necessary in a really well-written and well-researched book.” ~NY Journal of Books