Abadi, Jennifer F.
Title A FISTFUL OF LENTILS
Book Condition Near Fine/Near Fine
Publisher Harvard Common Press 2002
1558322183 / 9781558322189
Seller ID RWARE0000017794
A crisp clean hardcover, no markings throughout: Abadi inherited both Ashkenazi and Sephardic cuisines from her two grandmot hers, and presents here the lesser known treasures from her Syrian Grandma Fritzie in a down-to-earth Middle Eastern cookbook that goes beyond the typ ical hummus and falafel. All recipes are kosher and many are suitable for h olidays: Lamb with Lemon and Olives for Rosh Hashana or Stuffed Squash with Lemon-Mint Sauce for special Sabbaths. Many dishes, like Spinach-Mint Soup or Crushed Wheat with Chickpeas and Pot Cheese are easy for everyday light and even vegetarian meals. This well-rounded cookbook explains, in a gloss ary, ingredients such as tamarind paste and phyllo, provides a list of spec ialty stores and a menu planner, and guides the cook from appetizers, such as Eggplant Dip with Pine Nuts, to desserts (Flourless Pistachio Cookies, w hich are perfect for Passover), and from formal (Orange Chicken with Golden Raisins and Figs), to casual (Syrian Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Mint). N ever overdone, flavors appear in combinations surprising to the typical Nor th American palate, such as Stuffed Baby Eggplants with Apricots and Meat, and Eggs with Rhubarb. For Syrian Jewish women, cooking is an art form, sha red among neighbors and families but closely guarded from outsiders. Luckil y, Abadi offers these secrets in her book. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. From Library Journal Like others of her generation, Abadi realized that the cuisine she grew up with might disappear unless she recorded the recipes for the traditional dishes that her grandmother and mother had always served. Ther.