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I want a Middle Eastern cookbook - Persiana or Jerusalem?

(15 Posts)
IHeartKingThistle Sat 14-Feb-15 13:25:39

Both have some great reviews. Any thoughts?

SwedishEdith Sat 14-Feb-15 13:28:51

We've got both and there's a lot of crossover. I'd get Claudia Roden's Tamarind and Saffron, tbh. But, any of them will be fine.

TheLondoner22 Sat 14-Feb-15 13:30:01

I have Persiana - FAB!

IHeartKingThistle Sat 14-Feb-15 13:47:17

Thanks! Read some reviews saying the recipes in Persiana were over seasoned?

IHeartKingThistle Sat 14-Feb-15 17:16:47


AgentCooper Sat 14-Feb-15 17:21:48

Both are great! I find Persiana a bit easier but then you are probably a better cook than me wink

Claudia Roden's Arabesque is good too, and A Middle Eastern Feast (the latter is just a tiny wee paperback from Penguin but the writing is so evocative and she describes the origins and associations of lots of ingredients beautifully).

ireallydontlikemonday Sat 14-Feb-15 18:24:48

Haha, I started this exact thread yesterday! I got them bothgrin

pregnantpause Sat 14-Feb-15 18:25:02

I don't have persiana but Jerusalem is lovely- I also have Claudia roden arabesque but prefer Jerusalem. The jewelled kitchen is definitely worth consideration too ( not really answering your question just adding more options to ponderwinkshock)

IHeartKingThistle Sat 14-Feb-15 20:10:56

Not more options!

Ha Monday should have checked!

GrannyGoggles Sun 15-Feb-15 07:16:03

I have both and prefer Jerusalem. Another vote for Claudia Roden, esp A Middle Eastern Feast which I've had for years and years and is now v tatty from heavy use.

IHeartKingThistle Sun 15-Feb-15 17:41:54

I think that's just about come down on the side of Jerusalem!

Djchickpea Sun 15-Feb-15 18:46:48

I have both and have cooked lots of recipes from Persiana, easy to follow, accessible style and no complaints from the family so far! Jerusalem I've found is a bit more of a coffee table type book, lovely pictures but haven't been tempted with any of the recipes

Cumberlover76 Sun 15-Feb-15 18:51:18

Love Jerusalem, some delicious and not too difficult recipes. Not seen the other book though.

TwoLittleTerrors Sun 15-Feb-15 18:52:33

I have cooked a lot from Jerusalem. Everything I have made from it is excellent. Can't understand why it's considered coffee table?

I just got Persiana. It looks very interesting but haven't got time to cook from it yet.

Kundry Sun 15-Feb-15 22:03:57

Claudia Roden - loads of recipes, list of ingredients not bonkers. For me the original and still the best.

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