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Balaboosta: Some Good but Very Lacking

opinionatedchef | Mar 2, 201506:42 PM     14

She sounds like a charming woman and i think it's great if she can chef at her restnt AND cook at home for family (boy, THAT is a tough one) but i have to say that i read through every page and it left me wanting... She has no Glossary of Ingredients (Joyce Goldstein, where are you?)so she gives you no advice on dried limes etc. She doesn't exPLAIN things. I.e.: Tonight I'm making My Mom's Rice. Why is she using arborio? Why is she using 4 c. chick stock and 4 c. WATer instead of all stock? A rice dish with no onions??? If I don't have Pomegranate syrup, how much Tamarind paste should I sub? Does your Mom ever vary her rice dish; add saffron or some nuts or barberries or....?

I did a search for the book before posting this but it seems it is only mentioned in large threads about other books, so I wanted these comments not to get buried. Hope youall are o.k. with that.

I've launched into a Middle Eastern focus lately (Persian, Turkish...) and I really appreciate the posters on this board and the COTM thread; it is very helpful as I research which books to explore.

I will mention that, perhaps like many of you, I am rather frustrated with the local MiddleEastern markets. Here in Boston we have a significant Armenian and Lebanese community but, like the situation with Korean markets carrying Japanese and CHinese products, you really need to know the background of the shopkeeper. They can be very helpful but they also can be gruff and if they're not Persian, for instance, and you need to ask Persian questions, they often just look at you like they could care less.(Yestday I asked My Love to drive to one of these markets and buy some dried limes. The owner pointed to the back of the store and said 'we only have dried lemons.' So when he returned home and i showed him the photo of them, he realized they were 'mislabeled' and had to go back today to buy the 'dried lemons'. Phooey.So you need to know who's from Egypt, or Syria or Turkey or Armenia or Lebanon,,, ) Sorry to kvetch here.I'm sure we all have plenty of stories like this.

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