Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (October 13, 2015)
Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.9 x 10.3 inches
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This is a rare find in a cookbook: A new cookbook author, writing about the foods from a tiny country that has not seen much coverage. It’s an honest endeavor and a lot of work has gone into it. It is somewhat amazing, actually, and if you are at all interested in Oman, you should consider picking up this book. I can’t imagine that you will be disappointed.You can get a great idea of all that this book contains by clicking through the “Look Inside” feature on this product page. The book is written by an American female soldier who had her first glimpse of the Middle East via the first deployment into Iraq when she was in her teens. She fell in love with the area, its people, its ways, its food—it is obvious to see that in this book she has created. There is love and respect here on every page. And, oh wow!, did this girl soldier "blossom" into an articulate, knowledgeable, astute adult!After the military, she got her college education and eventually earned her master’s degree in food studies. She specialized in Arab “foodways”. Before her first trip into Oman, she worked at Saveur magazine and traveled to the Middle East at every opportunity. So, it comes as no surprise that this book covers quite a lot of ground — you will see that also as you browse through the pages. She eventually made a trip to Oman, and her enthusiasm finally found its foundation. For a tiny country, there is a lot of detail and info in this book—and plenty of intriguing, interesting and beautiful photos. And we get to see it through the eyes of a respectful and reverent expert.The book has a very personal flair to it, the words are written in a personable style that is pleasant and never arrogant.
The Food of Oman shows the rich and exotic flavor in the dishes from the Middle East as well as the beauty of architecture and culture. The author has been in Oman many times and has focused her education toward this area of the world from which a passion developed and she has expressed in this collection of recipes and photos.The recipes show a culture that uses more chicken, lamb and fish for their main dishes with servings of rice and flat breads to accompany. There are some beef dishes, but it doesn’t seem to be the favorite. They also use lots of spices but you can find extremes here from recipes that pair cilantro and lime with fish to more spicy combinations. The recipes show the use of fresh herbs over dried which I feel is important to their dish but also shows a glimpse of their daily life in that fresh is more available than what dried may be. The bread recipes in this book are predominately flat breads with an exception of the Sweet Cardamom Zanzibari Fried Bread. The photos of some of these dishes will have your mouth watering!One section for recipes used for between meals snacking showed a lot of fried option which surprised me because I look at snacks as something light instead of heavily fried. Some of these dishes were Fried Potato-Chile Puffs, fried triangle pastries stuffed with ground chicken, fried chicken and meat dumplings. I would love to try a few of these but I think I will use them as a meal instead of a snack.The dessert section was interesting to me because as American’s we have an awesome sweet tooth and that shows in our decant desserts. Oman has desserts that are more subdued in comparison. Their sweeteners are dates, sesame seeds, coconut and coconut cream, and surprisingly vermicelli.
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