While we had a fair amount of enthusiasm for both nominees this month, the sunny Mediterranean won out over the sunny U.S. South. In July, we'll be cooking from THE COOKING OF THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN, by Paula Wolfert. From the folks at Amazon:
"Paula Wolfert is one of the first food writers to acknowledge the importance of Mediterranean cuisine. During a five-year journey that encompassed parts of the Balkans, Turkey, Syria and Greece, she collected a myriad of recipes from native cooks that are easily adaptable to American kitchens. The diet of the region depends upon grains, legumes, vegetables and nuts--perfect for the health conscious--and lends itself to recipes such as pumpkin kibbeh stuffed with spinach, chick peas and walnuts and nettle cheese pie. Wolfert is careful to provide special advice to ensure smooth preparation. The book won both the 1995 Julia Child Cookbook Award in the International Category, and the 1995 James Beard Award in the International Category."
Use this thread for general discussion about the book between now and July 1, when reporting threads will be posted.
To see the nomination thread that got us here, visit
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