When the events of 1948 forced residents from all regions of Palestine together into one compressed land, recipes that were once closely guarded family secrets were shared and passed between different groups in an effort to ensure that they were not lost forever.
In Falastin (pronounced “fa-la-steen”), Sami Tamimi retraces the lineage and evolution of his country’s cuisine, born of its agriculturally optimal geography, its distinct culinary traditions, and Palestinian cooks’ ingenuity and resourcefulness. Tamimi covers the territory between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River — East Jerusalem and the West Bank, up north to the Galilee and the coastal cities of Haifa and Akka, inland to Nazareth, and then south to Hebron and the coastal Gaza Strip — recounting his upbringing with eleven siblings and his decision to leave home at 17 to cook in West Jerusalem, where he first worked with Yotam Ottolenghi.
A stunning collection of recipes and stories that showcase the best of Palestinian culture. I want to eat everything in this book — Yasmin Khan, author of Zaitoun and The Saffron Tales
From refugee-camp cooks to the home kitchens of Gaza and the mill of a master tahini maker, Hamimi teases out the vestiges of an ancient culinary tradition as he records the derivations of a dynamic cuisine and people in more than 130 transporting photographs and 120 recipes, including:
• Hassan’s Easy Eggs with Za’atar and Lemon
• Fish Kofta with Yogurt, Sumac, and Chile
• Pulled-Lamb Schwarma Sandwich
• Labneh Cheesecake with Roasted Apricots, Honey, and Cardamom
The food is the perfect mix of traditional and contemporary, with recipes that have been handed down through the generations and reworked for a modern home kitchen, alongside dishes that have been inspired by the authors’ collaborations with producers and farmers throughout Palestine.
Get ready to laden your table with the most delicious of foods — from abundant salads, soups and wholesome grains to fluffy breads, easy one-pot dishes and perfumed sweet treats — here are simple feasts to be shared and everyday meals to be enjoyed. These are stunning Palestinian-inspired dishes that you will want to cook, eat, fall in love with and make your own.
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