Monday, September 15, 2014

Review: Afghan Cuisine: Cooking for Life by Nafisa Sekandari

Synopsis: Afghan Cuisine: Cooking for Life is a collection of traditional Afghan family recipes that have been gathered and translated to English for the novice Afghan and non-Afghan cook. The intention of the book is to help Afghans and non-Afghan learn to cook delicious Afghan food in easy to follow steps. The book is written from the Western perspective and directions are provided to easily locate the needed ingredients and short cuts included for the person that is on the go. This book is the result of many years of collecting, research, observation, and practice in regards to cooking Afghan cuisine. It is very different than traditional Afghan cookbooks in that it includes traditional Afghan recipes that are easy to follow as well as non-Afghan recipes. A portion of the proceeds of this book will be donated to the women and children living in Afghanistan. (from the back of the book)

Review: This is a pleasing collection of Afghan (and some non-Afghan) recipes. While the author admits she is a novice at cooking and at publishing a cookbook, I still feel there were some obvious deficiencies. Several of the recipes seem to skip steps or confuse terms. There are grammatical, punctuation and spelling errors a plenty. The layout is often awkward, splitting lists over two pages, or breaking apart instructions.
I am eager to try many of these dishes, but not sure I will be able to follow these instructions, sadly. I'm glad it's part of my collection of works about Afghanistan, but this isn't the best book on Afghan cuisine out there. Still it was worth the money to buy and the time to read.

Bookmarks: 6 of 10

Awards: None

ISBN: 1-4033-8590-4
Date Finished: 9-11-2014
Pages: 142

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