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Mediterranean Street Food [Hardcover]

By Anissa Helou (Author)
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Pages   304
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.1" Width: 7.9" Height: 1.1"
Weight:   1.9 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jul 31, 2002
Publisher   William Morrow Cookbooks
ISBN  0060195967  
EAN  9780060195960  
UPC  099455029957  

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Who can resist a chickpea fritter in Nice, a kebab in Athens, an aniseed cookie in Tuscany, hummus in Tel Aviv, stuffed zucchini in Genoa, or a potato omelet in Spain? Cold or hot, sweet or savory, street food is everyone's temptation.

Anissa Helou loves street food. When she travels, she stops at every tea cart, sandwich stand, and candy stall to trade stories with local vendors and learn the recipes that tempt the crowds. Join her on a fascinating adventure around the Mediterranean, where eating on the street is a way of life. Learn the secret ingredients to the perfect Stuffed Mussels sold on the streets of Istanbul. Come along to a Berber woman's Moroccan Bread stall in Marrakech. Buy a sweet, sticky Semolina Cake from a cart in Cairo. From simple salads to fragrant barbecues to irresistible dips and drinks, each dish can be enjoyed on its own, or two or three may be combined to make a meal. With lively black-and-white photographs from Anissa's travels and more than eighty-five fast, flexible, flavorful recipes, Mediterranean Street Food offers home cooks the chance to experience the tastes of distant lands without leaving the kitchen.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Anissa Helou is a writer, journalist, and broadcaster. Born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon, she knows the Mediterranean as only a well-traveled native can. Lebanese Cuisine, her first book, was nominated for the prestigious Andre Simon Award and was named one of the best cookbooks of 1998 by the Los Angeles Times. Mediterranean Street Food was described by the New York Times as "a marvelous book." It won the Gourmand World Cookbook Award 2002 as the best Mediterranean cuisine book in English. Helou lives in London, where she has her own cooking school, Anissa's School. She appears frequently on British television and radio. She has written many articles for the Weekend Financial Times, and has contributed to several other publications including Gourmet, the Chicago Tribune, and the Washington Post. An accomplished photographer and intrepid traveler, Helou is fluent in French and Arabic as well as English.

Anissa Helou was born in 1952.

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Easy and delicious  Apr 15, 2007
This superb book has a wide variety of easy and delicious Mediterranean recipes ranging from the simple to the extremely complex. All, however, are wonderful!
Awesome Recipes!  Feb 24, 2006
Love it! Although some of the ingredients don't exist in the grocery stores I frequent, I was still able to make some great items. Love the toum!
Great recipes, most very easy to make  May 23, 2005
All of the recipes that I have made from this book have been excellent. My personal favorite so far has been the lamb and chickpea stew. The recipes are easy to follow and Ms. Helou's accompanying stories are a great addition to the book. I found all of the recipes to be very simple and most make great light meals. There are a few recipes with hard/impossible-to-find ingredients, but for someone who enjoys reading about food they are still interesting, and Ms. Helou does a great job of offering ideas for alternative ingredients. A+
Delightful Culinary Travelogue and Entertain. Resource  Feb 8, 2005
`Mediterranean Street Food' by Lebanese culinary writer Anissa Helou is an example of my second most favorite type of cookbook (first being good single dish or single ingredient books on things such as soups, casseroles, potatoes, or eggs) in that it gives us recipes which all fit into an excellent theme of dishes for entertaining, while being both informative and entertaining while discussing its subject. Other great titles in this vein are Joyce Goldstein's `Enoteca' (Italian wine bar cuisine) and Ellen Leong Blonder's `Dim Sum' on the famous Chinese (primarily Cantonese) `tea lunch' cuisine so well transplanted to San Francisco and other American Chinatowns.

The first thing which recommends Ms. Helou's book is that while it presents something from virtually all the great cuisines of the Mediterranean, there is a relatively small space devoted to dishes from Spain, southern France, and Italy. Even though Italy is the 900 pound gorilla of Mediterranean cuisine, it doesn't contribute much to this book because the author is much more familiar with the food of the Levant and North Africa and Italy, France, and Spain have such great restaurant traditions, there is little true street food to be found in these countries. One byproduct of this fact is that this book teaches us a new word for Italian eatery to join the lexicon of restaurante, trattoria, osteria, and enoteca. This is a friggitorie or `fry shop' which may be indoors, but traditionally serves people at a counter at which they stand to eat. From Italy, most of Ms. Helou's examples seem to come from either Liguria (Genoa) or Sicily. But, far more of the dishes come from the Arab and Berber influenced part of the Mediterranean.

The first relatively short chapter is on soups. This is no surprise, as soup dispensing and eating requires a lot more equipment and involvement than a snack you can hold in your hand. The most instructive aspect of these five recipes is that a lot of this street food seems to be based on cheap ingredients, either on beans or animal parts such as tripe which are but a step from being discarded offal. The exception that proves the rule is the snail soup based on a Mediterranean delicacy.

The second, much longer chapter is on `Snacks, Salads, and Dips'. This chapter has a lot of old favorites such as the Spanish potato omelet (tortilla), the Italian spinach omelet (frittata), Italian vegetable meatloaf (polpettone), salads with feta, cabbage, beans, and eggplant, plus lots and lots of fried foods and dips. Frying, grilling, and breads seem to be the most common styles of street food, which seems odd to Americans, where the most common street food is steamed hot dogs.

Breads, including pizzas and flatbreads is the next, second longest chapter. This may be the most interesting chapter in the book, as once you remove the pizza and foccacia recipes, you are left with a great source of breads from North Africa, the Levant, and Asia Minor (Turkey). By far the most familiar of these is the pita, but there are many others.

Now that we have done breads, the next chapter is on sandwiches, which in most cases are more like Greek wraps than Italian paninis. By far the most unusual recipe in this chapter is for two variations on a `French Fries' sandwich. The author identifies the origin of this `delicacy' to Tripoli, but states that it is actually much easier to find in Paris now than in Northern Africa. What will those crazy French eat next? For Americans, the most interesting recipes may be for lamb and chicken `shawarma'. It took a bit of careful reading and attention to the pictures to discover that this is the Lebanese version of a very popular Greek dish called souvlaki, and often in Greek-American restaurants called gyros. What makes these recipes interesting is that they do not require the great vertical rotating skewer and heat source.

The next chapter is on `barbecues', but, as so many people do, these are not true American barbecue using smoke and slow cooking, they are really grilling recipes, primarily kebabs, brochettes, and kefta (highly seasoned balls of meat skewered and grilled like a kebab).

Next is another major category, one pot meals, which has a lot of fairly familiar recipes such as baked pasta, stewed lamb, couscous, and paella.

The last chapter is on `Sweets and Desserts'. Most of the recipes involve a whole lot more sugar than the classic Italian desserts. Here we have puddings, syrups, compotes, pancakes, clotted cream, cakes, pies, fritters, shortbread, cookies, granitas and ice creams.

Another novelty discovered in this book is the fact that the Tunisians have a habit of naming things in totally inappropriate ways when compared to dishes using these names from other parts of the Mediterranean. The Tunisian tagine is not the same as the famous Moroccan stew; it is a `cross between a quiche and a tortilla, thicker and denser than either'. What makes this interesting rather than confusing is the fact that our good author always gives both the native name of the dish and a clear English translation. The only times this scheme is less than ideal is when some Italian and Spanish dishes are given an English name of omelet, when almost all readers of this book will know the name frittata and tortilla, and consider the name `omelet', a distinctly French dish with an equally distinct technique, to be a misnomer. But then, not everyone is as finicky about words as I am, so I'm sure everyone will survive to enjoy this delightfully written book.

Recommended for entertaining to a street food theme as a means to broaden your culinary horizons.
Every recipe I've tried has been delicious  Nov 10, 2003
I work in Dearborn, Michigan, home to 30,000 people of Arab origin. I therefore often eat authentic cuisine from that part of the Mediterranean and all the recipes I've tried from this book stand up to what I find on the streets (OK, in the restaurants) here. I'm also lucky that I can go to a local Arab grocery and easily find some of the specialty items she uses, like preserved lemons. You don't need that, though, to succeed with her recipes. You can even buy your spices at the grocery, but, really, wouldn't you rather get the quality stuff from Penzey's?

The Turkish seasoned kabobs (p. 158) are now one of my sumer grilling specialties. I pair them with the feta cheese salad (p. 33) and a crisp rose or sauvignon blanc. Try the garlic sauce ("Thum") on p. 72, but understand that she's right when she says " will make you a social leper for a day or two afterward." The garlic exudes from your pores, but oh, it was delicious going in!


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