Williams-Sonoma Essentials of Mediterranean Cooking by Charity Ferreira
Authentic recipes from Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, The Middle East, North Africa

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Essentials of Mediterranean Cooking begins with an overview of the rich history of the region and the many elements that have come together to create one of the world’s first—and best—fusion cuisines. The featured countries are showcased with a discussion of their iconic foods and a list of their specialties, from the bouillabaisse of Provence to the tagines of North Africa. A section on the Mediterranean diet explains the benefits of this traditional way of eating, with its emphasis on vegetables, grains, and seafood.

Five chapters, with some 130 recipes drawn from the more than one dozen countries that ring the Mediterranean, are organized by courses. The exquisitely photographed dishes range from simple, earthy Spanish gazpacho to such showstopping main courses as Moroccan chicken bisteeya. The final chapter holds a wealth of seductive finales, including a pistachio-laced gelato from Italy and a lemon-and-lavender-scented granité from France.

Detailed instructions and step-by-step photographs explain such basic techniques as working with filo dough and making romesco sauce. An informative glossary with culinary terms and ingredients completes this indispensable introduction to the cuisines of the Mediterranean.


About Charity Ferreira

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Charity Ferreira is a food writer, recipe developer, and senior editor at Yoga Journal. She is the author or co-author of numerous cookbooks, including Williams-Sonoma "Eat Well" and "Essentials of Mediterranean Cooking", and "The Baby & Toddler Cookbook". Her writing has appeared in publications including "Cooking Light, Gourmet, Bon Appetit, Sunset, " and "San Francisco Magazine". A graduate of the California Culinary Academy and a former pastry chef, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. A treasured American icon, Chuck Williams opened the first Williams-Sonoma store in the town of Sonoma in 1956, later moving it to San Francisco. His humble shop has now grown to more than 260 stores across the country. Under his watchful eye, more than 300 branded cookbooks have been published to date. America's best-loved brand of cookbooks have sold over 32 million copies. Dana Jacobi is the author of The Natural Health Cookbook. Her articles have appeared in Food & Wine, American Health, Food Arts, and Natural Health magazines.
Published October 1, 2008 by Oxmoor House. 288 pages
Genres: Cooking. Non-fiction

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