Delicious home cooking from Turkey, the Middle East and other exciting places – that’s what Vidar Bergum is offering you in his new cookbook. You’ll find the familiar, the new and the surprising, along with plenty of luscious flavours and dinner-table experiences.
Aubergine and Tahini – Home-Made Food from Turkey, the Middle East and Beyond is an inspiring, unpretentious book about everyday food, and the way it is made and enjoyed in these regions. Food that is quick to make, and food that takes a bit longer but that you can still find time to make in your busy everyday life, with a bit of sensible planning. And, as in Hummus and Pomegranates, Vidar tells you a bit about the food culture, the people and the origin of many of the recipes that have been prepared in countless kitchens around the world for centuries.
In this book, you’ll find a plethora of vegetarian recipes bursting with lovely, exciting flavours. Because, as Vidar says: ‘Meat is more like a side dish where I live; it’s the seasonal vegetables, the lentils and chickpeas that are the basis of everyday food.’ But home cooking is also social food, food you invite friends and family to eat and maybe also help prepare. That way, the table will be filled with tasty, aromatic dishes with and without meat. And, to round it all off, Turkish coffee and a sweet titbit. In this book, you’ll find recipes for all this and more.
Not only is Turkish cuisine an inspiring, varied and relatively simple way to approach the rich array of dishes from the Middle East; Vidar is also a communicator who manages to present authentic food in a way that makes you want to try it out at home.
Andreas Viestad, Dagbladet Magasinet
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