The Cookbook

11 January 2006

Fathima gave me, instead of clothes, a cookbook. The Complete Middle East Cookbook by Tess Mallos, ISBN 1-86063-182-7, which means it’s actually A Million Random Digits with 100,000 Normal Deviates.

No, honestly, it just means that Amazon has a problem with tagging books with incorrect ISBNs.

At any rate, this is the book I have, albeit mine is paperback, not hardcover. Nearly 400 pages, over 500 recipes covering the Middle East and surrounding region. Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Armenia, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, the Gulf States (Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Oman), Yemen, Egypt, Iran, and Afghanistan.

With basics of cooking middle eastern food and plenty of photographs.


I had to fight a few people at the in-laws place before I finally got to really go through it, and I gotta tell you, this looks to me like one heck of an excellent cookbook. If you check out the reviews on Amazon, you’ll see that it’s had nine reviews, all 5 star.

So now you can drool. 🙂

And Fahim, poor poor Fahim, is going to suffer the consequences of Fathima’s choice for me. 😀 Yep, by eating wonderful experiments. I can hardly wait! 😀

Thanks, Fathima! 😀

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I'm a Canadian expat currently living in Singapore. I'm married to a Sri Lankan and lived in Sri Lanka for nearly a decade. We also lived in New Zealand for half a year.

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