Arabian Delights: Recipes & Princely Entertaining Ideas from the Arabian Peninsula

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Capital Books, 2007 - Cooking - 213 pages
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After spending decades researching Egyptian cuisine, working in Egypt, and traveling extensively in the region, culinary expert Amy Riolo has been discovering the cuisine of Arabia at lavish parties and palaces, in simpler homes, stylish restaurants, and marketplaces. Now she brings this rich and exotic cuisine to American cooks of all levels, giving time-honored techniques, step-by-step recipes, and lively menus for many occasions and the everyday. Sample breakfast delights like Wild Thyme Glazed Croissants. Savor Gulf-Style Calamari Soup and Chicken Kabsah, a delicious rice and chicken casserole that exudes the aroma of dried limes and the traditional Saudi spice mix. Dip into delicious dessert recipes like Melon K'nafeh, and Chocolate Covered-Almond Filled Dates. Sip mouthwatering drinks like Rose Water Cooler, and a variety of Arabian "cocktails" like Golden Dream, made with mandarin juice, peach, honey, saffron and milk. Though Amy Riolo entertains like an Arabian princess, and has created lavish menus for world leaders, she is a practical American, as she reveals how to create an Arabian tea party worthy of royalty, and a Laylat ul Henna, the ultimate girls' night in, when brides-to-be gather with female friends and family members for a night full of beauty, pampering, henna-tattooing, music, dancing, and of course, an array of tempting culinary treats. Most ingredients are available at your local supermarket, though the "Where to Buy Guide" gives mail-order sources for any that may be hard to find.

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Arabian Delights.... is an unusual guide to royal Arabian table. What impresses me the most is the thematic organization (arrangement of the chapters). Menus and recipes are arranged by their occasions (Royal wedding reception, Eid al Adha, Ramadan, Henna Night, Baby-naming Ceremony, etc.). I've bought the royal cookbook from Amazon but haven't tried any of the dishes. What I was originally interested in was how to cook kabsah. It gives you a lot more than that. It seems truly befitting the royal kitchen.
Dr. Solaiman Ali


Chapter 2 Eid Feast
Arabian Tea Party
Chapter A Palace Spice Brunch
Henna Night
BabyNaming Ceremony
Chapter Yemeni Sabbath Luncheon
Ramadan Breakfast
Ramadan Dinner
Childrens Pearl Diving Party
Bedouin Desert Truffle Party
Jeddah Red Sea Picnic
Oasis Date Harvest
Arabian Dessert Party
Where to Buy Guide
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As an award-winning author, chef, television personality, cuisine and culture expert, and educator, AMY RIOLO makes frequent appearances on numerous television and radio programs both in the United States and abroad. Amy created and appeared weekly in ninety second cooking videos entitled 'Culture of Cuisine' which air on nationally syndicated news shows on 28 different channels across the United States, totaling a reach of over 300 million people. Amy's most recent book, The Mediterranean Diabetes Cookbook, (American Diabetes Association) was released in March 2010, received a starred PW review, won the 2011 Nautilus Book Award and was named 'Best. Diabetes. Cookbook. Ever.' by Her second book Nile Style; Egyptian Cuisine and Culture (Hippocrene Books) won the World Gourmand Award for "Best Arab Cuisine Book" in the United States and was just released in a second edition. Her first book, Arabian Delights; Recipes & Princely Entertaining Ideas from the Arabian Peninsula was chosen as one of the "16 Volumes Worth Staining" by the Washington Post (Capital Books, 2007). Amy also contributed to The Food Cultures of the World Encyclopedia and co-wrote The Al Tiramisu Restaurant Cookbook: An Elevated Approach to Authentic Italian Cuisine with award-winning chef/restaurateur Luigi Diotaiuti. She is currently completing The Ultimate Mediterranean Diet Cookbook which will be released in April 2015 and The Italian Diabetes Cookbook which will be released in January 2017. Amy is a Culinary Advisor for The Mediterranean Food Alliance. He work has appeared in numerous print media including USA Today, Cooking Light magazine, The Washington Post,, The Wall Street Journal, Gulf News, Popular Anthropology Magazine, The UAE National, and international newspapers and hundreds of blogs. She is also the author of a noted culinary/cultural blog called

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