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Food-Safaris

"Glorious adventures through a world of cuisines" - that's the subtitle of this, the latest of Maeve's books. Those of you who love her TV shows on SBS, can't you just hear her voice in that? Exuberant is my private description of her and this book is just that  - a lovely, luscious, elaborate look at 34 cultures with recipes from talented cooks and chefs partnered with all the little tips and stories you could expect if you were standing right in their kitchens while the pots bubble, or the oven bakes.

There are temptations on every page. I want to try the orange and almond cake on page 123 and am intrigued to learn it is a Sephardic Passover dessert. The Maltese timpana has me reaching for my pasta pot, and I need to call half a dozen friends to sit with me and make Syrian kibbeh. There's Indonesian chicken curry, Egyptian  basbousa and a French soufflé. Even roast beef and Yorkshire puddings from England.

Perhaps I'd better start cooking! Or maybe I'll just keep on reading and book-marking by the fire.

Food Safari, by Maeve O�Meara, Hardie Grant Books, 2009, hardcover.

 

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