The April Cookbook Guru: Claudia Roden’s The New Book of Middle Eastern Food

As the weather cools down for us here in Australia the book choices for The Cookbook Guru is taking another turn towards the Middle East and the fragrant curries and delicious slow cooked spiced meats that feature as part of their cuisine.

First up we are taking on Claudia Roden’s The New Book of Middle Eastern Food for the month of April.  I will qualify this and say there are two…her original book called A Book of Middle Eastern Food was published in 1968, and this edition in 2000.  Go with either depending on what is on your book shelf.  It would be very interesting to see what differs between the two books in style, ingredients and recipes.


Roden is an Egyptian Cookbook writer and Anthropologist  based in England who is well known for her cook books on Italian, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food.   She is considered an expert in the food industry on Middle Eastern food.  I’m excited to explore her book and discover a little bit more about the flavour combinations that are not overly familiar to me, but very much appeal to my palate.

So its time to bring out the spices, fill up your pantry with rosewater and pomegranate syrup and get ready to fill your house with fragrant delicious feasts.

If this is your first encounter with The Cookbook Guru and you would like to join in the fun of our cook book book club the this is how it all works.

We pick a new cookbook every month, you can see our wishlist and calender here and let us know if there is a book you think we should focus on.

For the month we cook, photograph, Instagram and blog about it discussing how thoughts on the recipe, the execution and the dish itself.  As you go just make sure that you mention The Cookbook Guru in your post and link it back to this post for the month and paste a link in the comments below.   I’ll make sure that your post is shared with our group and then again when I do a round up at the end of the month of all our creations.

If you love the idea but don’t blog yourself, then check out our new Facebook page where you can post your photos on our wall and get involved in other cookbook discussions.   We are also on Instagram so feel free to follow us, share your foodie photo’s  and make sure you tag #thecookbookguru in your posts.

Have fun creating food for this month, I’m off to find a copy of this classic cookbook and jump into the kitchen,

Leah & The Cookbook Gurus