A little while ago, I came across DK Publishing's book so fittingly titled Mediterranean Cookbook. Today, instead of my usual recipe post, I have a brief review of Mediterranean Cookbook for your benefit.
I was at the bookstore, browsing through endless aisles of cookbooks, when I saw a large hard-covered copy of Mediterranean Cookbook! I grabbed a cup of coffee, sat in a quiet corner for two straight hours browsing through more than 300 Mediterranean recipes! I knew as I flipped through its pages that Mediterranean Cookbook was a must-have resource for me and anyone who loves to cook authentic and delicious Mediterranean meals.
I have had the book in my possession for about a month now, and have looked through it daily. In fact, I have made three of its recipes to share with you:
Now let me tell you more about Mediterranean Cookbook. I honestly hope that my humble words will do some justice to the glorious collection of recipes, photos and valuable information this book provides. Really, who am I to "review" such a great piece of work written by experts in Mediterranean cuisine and cookery such as Marie -Pierre Moine, Elizabeth Luad and Ghillie Basan! Between the three of them, they have lived and worked in several parts of the Mediterranean; from France, Italy and Spain, to parts of Africa and the Middle East. What these esteemed authors bring is more than talent, it is authenticity of recipes and flavors.
On the interior of the book cover, you read "Mediterranean Cookbook celebrates the fantastic flavors and healthy recipes from this wonderfully diverse and convivial cuisine." That statement is absolutely true! This book takes you on a journey through the Mediterranean from Europe to North Africa and the Middle East. It fittingly begins with a section on tapas and Mezza, like Greek spanakopita, hummus and dolmadas (stuffed grape leaves). The Mediterranean people enjoy mezza (appetizers) almost on a daily basis. I personally prefer to feast on a meal of small tapas or mezza bites; I like the variety:-)
As a one-stop resource, Mediterranean Cookbook carefully curates all sorts of Mediterranean meals divided in sections from mezza to all-things-sweet. There is even a section on eggs! And since, as I told you here, my favorite meal of the day is brunch, I took note of the egg section. In fact, I was excited to see a recipe similar to my Shakshuka! And don't get me started on the glorious fish and seafood section! And meat and poultry, from simple stews to spiced chicken tajine and even a Sicilian quail dish!
Lest anyone be intimidated, I want to remind you of the fact that I am one who can not usually follow a recipe. But, Mediterranean Cookbook provides precise instructions and enticing photography that have made following its recipes easy.
So whether you are an experienced cook or a newbie, I encourage you to check out Mediterranean Cookbook. And if you're like me, and want to know a bit about key Mediterranean regions, you will also enjoy the spreads highlighting places like Greece, Sicily, and Lebanon. You will also get a bit of an education on things like essential spices, olives and olive oil. What is the difference between olive oil and extra virgin olive oil? Do you know?
I consider Mediterranean Cookbook one of my prized resources. It is available at bookstores and retails at $35 USD; and you can find it on Amazon for a discounted price (I believe $26.99 or so). It makes for a great gift for a foodie friend, or even simply for YOU! Also, since I'm an affiliate of Amazon, I do get a teeny commission if you purchase the book by clicking on any of the links to Amazon on this page!