Published on 26/05/2016 by Jean Roberts
Cookery is my passion and I buy a lot of cookery books. My book shelves in the kitchen groan with the weight of them all; every one jostling for attention. It was never my intention to have so many but we have ‘family members’ who are very good cooks and rather competitive so as the vegetarian under-dog I had to up my game and quickly. I had to find a cuisine that could straddle vegetarians and meat –eaters alike and one that no-one else in the family was cooking.
It started with Yotam Ottolenghi and became an obsession. I very quickly learnt the Middle Eastern ‘spice craft’ and hid the cookery books away when friends and family visited for meals so that they could not learn the ‘cuisine’. Then they found out and started cooking, buying spices in a frenzy!
Where to next? Panic over I found Sabrina Ghayour. Drawn to the wonderful enticing cover of the Persiana book I could smell the spices of the Middle Eastern recipes oozing out of the pages. A quick re-stock of the spice cupboard and I was ready to cook again and since its release I have cooked every meal in that book. It is no surprise that Persiana was awarded 'Best New Cookbook' at the Observer Food Monthly awards 2014 and 'Book of the Year' at the 2015 Food & Travel Awards.
Total delight to then be the proud purchaser of Sabrina’s second book Sirocco the weekend it was released and I was cooking from it that night. I am sure that Sirocco will scoop many awards. I can’t recommend both Sabrina’s books to you highly enough; if you are the ‘under-dog’ cook or an accomplished chef the recipes are fantastic, easy to cook, easy to adapt, and are a real wow factor in terms of taste and colour for those dinner parties. The cuisine of the Middle East is exciting and vibrant and Sabrina Ghayour makes the recipes really easy to cook and follow.
So if you want to take the ‘Sabrina Challenge’ then we have two free copies of Sirocco to give away (I had to buy mine so believe me this is a great deal!!). Check out our twitter link for details on how you can win and don’t forget we want to see a picture of what you cooked from Sirocco! Good food is worth sharing (except obviously to certain family members as is my case!)
Connect with Sabrina at www.sabrinaghayour.com
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