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World Food Café
by Chris Caldicott
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Frances Lincoln, 2006 (2006)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

The authors of this cookbook - who own the World Food Café in London's Covent Garden - collected their vegetarian recipes during ten years of travel to remote parts of the globe. They tell us that all the recipes can be easily cooked at home, and offer alternatives for ingredients that can be hard to find. Recipes are divided into four regions - the Middle East & Africa; India, Nepal & Sri Lanka; Southeast Asia & China; and the Americas - and are preceded by an introduction to each region and its cooking traditions. Color photos of both places and dishes add to the appeal of this enticing cookbook.

I've often sipped Mint Tea in Moroccan shops and cafés, so it's wonderful to have the recipe here - now just have to plant some mint in the garden to have it regularly. We eat store-bought Baba Ghanoush all the time - I can't wait to try the one here as well as the Hummus recipe. Eggplant in Date Sauce appeals as does Indian Saag Paneer (one of my favorites), Kandy Leek and Potato Curry (from Sri Lanka), and Balinese Gado Gado which I enjoyed often at Kuta Beach. Oaxacan Mole looks scrumptious - and, to continue with the chocolate theme, the final Chocolate Cake recipe looks worth the longest journey, if tasting it were at the end!

Get yourself a copy of World Food Café. It will make you salivate, give you itchy feet, and get you moving - at least as far as the kitchen. It would also make a perfect gift for a friend who has traveled, and enjoyed experiencing the different - and delectable - foods available around the world.

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