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Friday Favourites: Cookbooks for Mother’s Day

We’re all looking at each other for clues as to a warm, heartfelt mother’s day gift!

The culinary range covered here is diverse, and brings us closer to understanding parallel foodies’ lives in some parts of the world we may never experience firsthand. As food often does, each cookbook inspires feelings of commonness among us. Most, if not all, ingredients used are widely available, but many we’ve never thought of pairing or using in quite the same way as they’re explored in their native environments and documented in these beautiful production numbers.

Both coffee table comfortable and highly practical, we hope you love these cookbooks as much as we do, and that among these is the gem that will solve your mother’s day gift-buying dilemma.

Man'oushe cover

Man’oushé
Barbara Abdeni Massaad
Interlink Books

The man’oushé is cherished in Lebanon. Barbara Abdeni Massaad’s cookbook is dedicated entirely to the art of creating one of these perfect little pies/pizzas (in the absence of a more precise translation). There are over 70 simple recipes to try out if you’re just discovering these typical pies/pizzas traditionally baked in street corner bakeries all across the Levant. While traditionally a breakfast or brunch offering, the iterations its worldwide travel has spawned now sees the man’oushé adorned with salads, meats, and vegetables making it appropriate for dinner too.

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Find Man’oushé online, and buy at your local bookshop.

$39.95 AUD
$49.95 NZ
9781566569286

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Middle Eastern Vegetarian

The New Middle Eastern Vegetarian
Sally Butcher
Interlink Books

Sally Butcher’s book is dead simple to use; she has a colloquial, sometimes quirky style that I really appreciate as someone who enjoys the consumption of amazing foods more than the creation of said foods. First thing I made was the pomegranate eton mess, and as expected, it was pretty amazing: colourful and delicious.

middle eastern vegetarian From fragrant Persian noodle rice to gingery tamarind eggplants, pink pickled turnips and rose petal jam, this book is a really nice go-to for weeknight dinners or for that one standout dinner party dish.

Find the The New Middle Eastern Vegetarian online, and buy at your local bookshop.

$49.95 AUD
$59.96 NZD
978156656883

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Street Food of India
Sephi Bergerson
I.B. Tauris

Street Food of India cover

Photographer Sephi Bergerson tracks down the very best street food in India. For everyday Indian cuisine, I really find it hard to go past this book. It’s also visually stunning and a very warm tribute to a country Bergerson has called home for several years now.

Bergerson’s website is a testament to his life and love of India, and also documents his footprints throughout the world. I particularly love his moniker ‘FotoWala’, a play on chaiwalla, mainly people who prepare and sell Indian tea on streets or small roadside shops.

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 Bergerson also runs ‘Street Food of India’ 12 day photographic and culinary workshops across Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Varnasi, something to factor into a travel itinerary if you’re planning to spend some serious time in India.


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Find the Street Food of India online, and buy at your local bookshop.

$45 AUD
$52 NZD
9781848854208

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New Persian Cooking cover

New Persian Cooking
Jila Dana-Haeri and Shahrzad Ghorashian
I.B. Tauris

This is is a well illustrated introduction to traditional Persian cuisine. A distinct cuisine, Persian food emphasises the fresh and seasonal, and just the right combinations of herbs, vegetables, meat, fish, fruit and spices.

My fondest memories of London Screen shot 2013-05-03 at 10.45.49 AM are actually sitting at my Persian friends’ home shoveling the incredible rice-based dishes she would make for dinner. Memorable, coloured, spiced and garnished to perfection, I would love to be able to recreate some of these dishes in memory of those cold London dinners among the best of friends.

Find the New Persian Cooking online, and buy at your local bookshop.

$44.95 AUD
$58 NZD
9781848855861

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Mexican Modern Mexican Modern cover
Fiona Dunlop
Interlink Books

From the book: From Mexico City to Veracruz, from Michoacán to Puebla and from Oaxaca to the Yucatán, Fiona Dunlop has sought out 12 chefs at the forefront of Mexican cooking to discover the recipes at the heart of this revolution. Among the recipes, you will find inventive new dishes as well as modern versions of classics. Chilies, seafood, chicken, duck, pork, game and corn tortillas play a central role as do vegetable dishes based on beans, tomatoes, avocados, squash, corn, sweet potatoes, pumpkin seeds and mole sauces.

We love the vibrancy of the region, and all the colours translate vividly in these pages. Mexican food is also having a real ‘moment’ (in this part of the world at long last!), so this is a perfect little companion to exploring new (or old) territory and making sure your version of Mexican is as up-to-date as what’s happening in Mexico.

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Find the Mexican Modern online, and buy at your local bookshop.

Available in hardback and paperback

$45 AUD
$57 NZD
9781566567442

$29.95 AUD
$39.95 NZD
9781566569392
Releases in June 2013

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Images compiled by
Amanda Djojonegoro
Product & Marketing Coordinator

Amanda Djojonegoro

Reviewed by
Nadine Raydan
Product Manager

nadine raydan

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