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Cuisines of the Axis of Evil and Other Irritating States: A Dinner Party Approach to International Relations [Hardcover]

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Pages   313
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 6" Height: 9"
Weight:   1.4 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 3, 2008
Publisher   The Lyons Press
ISBN  1599212862  
EAN  9781599212869  

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Item Description...
Iranian chicken in a walnut pomegranate stew and Iraqi kibbe are some of the dishes presented in this food guide to international relations, enhanced with illustrations, maps, travel essays, and a review of dining customs.

Publishers Description

Chris Fair has dined with soldiers in the Khyber Pass and with prostitutes in Delhi, rummaged for fish in Jaffna, and sipped Taliban tea in Peshawar. Cuisines of the Axis of Evil is a sophisticated, fun, and provocative cookbook with easy-to-follow recipes from both America's traditional enemies in foreign policy—including Iran, Iraq, and North Korea—and friends of the U.S. who are nonetheless irritating by any measure. In addition, each country section includes all the smart, acerbic geopolitical nuggetry you need to talk the talk with the best of them. Recipes include Iranian chicken in a walnut pomegranate stew, Iraqi kibbe, and North Korean spicy cucumber, as well as special teas, mango salads, beverage suggestions, and much more.


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Chris Fair is a Washington, DC-based analyst of South Asian political and military affairs. She has lived, studied, traveled, worked, and otherwise eaten her way through the Middle East and South and Southeast Asia. She lives bunkered down in an undisclosed location with her beloved spouse who now feels he must wear high-velocity bullet-repellent evening wear.

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Fun but inaccurate  Oct 8, 2008
The book gets two stars for being fun, if you can get past it's politics.

My biggest gripe about this book is it's ridiculous contention that the popularity of dishes such as falafel, hummus and baba ganouj has anything to do with Israel's possession of disputed land claimed by both the Palestinian Arabs and the Palestinian Jews.

First of all, as noted in Claudia Roden's book, "The New Book of Middle Eastern Food," chickpea falafel is a purely and uniquely Israeli dish.

Secondly, the popularity of other Middle Eastern foods can be clearly traced to the fact that approximately 50% of the Jews in Israel are Arab Jews who are either refugees or descended from refugees from countries such as Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yeman, etc..

Does my wife's family, who are Jewish refugees from Morocco, like hummus because of the Palestinian Arabs or because they are native Middle Easterners who lived in Morocco for 2000 years after being forcibly expelled from their homes by the Romans?
A smart and evil grouse for dinner.  Aug 23, 2008
Unique is an understatement. What other book full of carefully selected, international recipes includes a no-holds-barred "dossier of perfidy" for the 10 countries from where they originate and a bibliography richer than many doctoral theses? A cookbook with "Beer Butt Chicken" AND Zhen Qie Zi? Powerful and insightful critiques of Pakistani AND Israeli policies?

In her analyst-world, the author is well known for being direct and honest; someone once called her unvarnished, but that's far too simplistic. Read the book and you'll see she's also incredibly passionate about important things, creative in her approach to understanding and explaining them, sometimes pornographic, amazingly well-informed, often skeptical, and always brings along her 800lb vocabulary.

Everyone who reads this will learn something. Perhaps it will be about food and politics or just some new words for the NYT crossword or your GRE. Maybe you'll be inspired to know more about some of these places. I certainly am. Regardless, you won't read another book like this, I promise. Yes, I'm an "insider", but that doesn't make me wrong.
Hate the policies, like the people, love the food.
Terrific Book!  Aug 22, 2008
Cuisines of the Axis of Evil and Other Irritating States: A Dinner Party Approach to International Relations

This book was terrific. Hilarious. Informative. A fun and interesting read!
Come for the shrill, leftist-corrective sensibility; stay for the fesanjan.  Aug 11, 2008
Like some unholy hybrid of Rachel Ray and Fareed Zakaria, Ms. Fair uses her extensive knowledge of the world's hotspots and her love and talent for cooking to undertake the heretofore little-attempted mission of helping the reader actually learn something of use outside the kitchen whilst preparing to strap on the feedbag. The result subjects international relations, American foreign policy, and a sizable majority of the non-human animal kingdom to a healthy skewering.

Based on my own personal experiences with the author's cooking and rapier wit (she once helpfully explained to me the difference between "Northern Alliance" Afghan food and "Taliban" Afghan food), I believe you can safely assume that, in the end, you will be entertained, a little smarter for the effort, and in any event well fed.

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