Virtual Event: Reem Kassis
The Arabesque Table:
Contemporary Recipes from the Arab World
in conversation with NIK SHARMA
April 12, 2021
7:00 PM ET
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Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes REEM KASSIS—acclaimed food writer and author of the award-winning cookbook The Palestinian Table—for a discussion of her latest cookbook, The Arabesque Table. She will be joined in conversation by fellow cookbook author NIK SHARMA, author of The Flavor Equation: The Science of Great Cooking Explained in More Than 100 Essential Recipes.
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About The Arabesque Table
The Arabesque Table takes inspiration from the traditional food of the Arab world, weaving Reem Kassis's historic research and cultural knowledge with her contemporary interpretations of an ancient, remarkably diverse cuisine.
In her personal, engaging voice, Reem bridges past and present to open up the world of Arabic cooking today, showcasing a mosaic of 130 delicious, accessible home recipes. Organized by primary ingredient, the recipes and vivid photographs bring the dishes to life while her narrative offers not only a sense of taste, but a sense of time and place as well.
More than just a compilation of modern Arabic recipes, The Arabesque Table celebrates the evolution of Arab cuisine and the stories of cross-cultural connection it recounts, paying tribute to the history and journey that have led to this point.
With the past on full display in this heavily researched and exciting book, you will find dishes from the Golden Age of Islam: like Narjissiya (a fava bean and egg hash) and Makmoora (a layered chicken, onion and pine nut pot pie), as well as contemporary and globally inspired interpretations: like Tahini Cheesecake and Caramelized Butternut Squash Fatteh with Za'atar, revealing a cuisine that is vibrant, nourishing, and exciting, but above all, reminding us of how powerful food is in defining the relationship between people, place and identity.
Praise for The Arabesque Table
"The Arabesque Table is full to the brim with dishes which are rooted in tradition and at the same time creatively (and deliciously!) transcend it. It is wonderful!" —Yotam Ottolenghi
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