This book on Iraqi cuisine is the result of a job assignment I took on last year in Beirut; the publisher’s well-known cooking book (Alef baa’ al-tabekh) became a best-seller (for years) and is an encyclopedic cookbook on Lebanese cuisine. Incidentally, I met the author (co-author with her mom) of that book and she told me it took them six years to finish it. She also took on the task of translating my book into Arabic.
I enthusiastically accepted the project; part of the reason was my love for Iraq, which I have visited twice. I am saddened by its recent history, but hope that, like all things, this too shall pass. Iraq is a country with enormous potential, historical and cultural landmarks dating back centuries and warm and hospitable people. It was a country much beloved by Agatha Christie who lived in Iraq while her husband, Sir Max Mallowan, led many archeological digs there.
I asked Iraqi friends to veer me in the right direction with this project. There are no prose other than the actual fifty or so recipes, which are mostly traditional Iraqi, with a smattering of some that I created.
I apologize to most of you who follow this blog and are not Arabic readers. This is a giveaway that might only interest a very small percentage of followers of this blog. Never mind!
Leave a comment and I will draw a name at random in a couple of weeks to send the book to.
If you want to contact the publisher to find out where the book is sold, this is the website
I know one bookshop that carries it Bookland in Beirut (961) (01) 701-780