Mediterranean Street Food

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9780060195960: Mediterranean Street Food

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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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.

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In Mediterranean Street Food, Anissa Helou brings together some of the most memorable food in the world - everyday delicacies sold by street vendors or in simple shops. Interspersed with fascinating stories of her food adventures across the continents, Helou offers definitive recipes for favourites like Spanish tortilla, Italian panini, Morroccan tagines, Egyptian ful medammes, Turkish kebabs, and French pan bagnat. Brief introductions on the social and cultural histories of each country are followed by eight chapters divided by course or chief ingredient - recipes include soups, salads, and snacks, sandwiches, pizzas and breads, barbecues, one-pot meals, sweets and desserts and drinks. Each recipe in Mediterranean Street Food offers a delectable window into the rich food world of the Mediterranean, so that cooks as well as seasoned and armchair travellers alike can enjoy these unique culinary treats.

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