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For thousands of years, the eastern Mediterranean has stood as a meeting point between East and West, bringing cultures and cuisines through trade, commerce, and migration. Traveling by boat and land, Yasmin Khan traces the ingredients that have spread through the region from the time of Ottoman rule to the influence of recent refugee communities. At the kitchen table, she For thousands of years, the eastern Mediterranean has stood as a meeting point between East and West, bringing cultures and cuisines through trade, commerce, and migration. Traveling by boat and land, Yasmin Khan traces the ingredients that have spread through the region from the time of Ottoman rule to the influence of recent refugee communities. At the kitchen table, she explores what borders, identity, and migration mean in an interconnected world, and her recipes unite around thickets of dill and bunches of oregano, zesty citrus and sweet dates, thick tahini and soothing cardamom. Khan includes healthy, seasonal, vegetable-focused recipes, such as hot yogurt soups, zucchini and feta fritters, pomegranate and sumac chicken, and candied pumpkin with tahini and date syrup. Fully accessible for the home cook, with stunning food and location photography, Ripe Figs is a dazzling collection of recipes and stories that celebrate an ever-diversifying region and imagine a world without borders.


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For thousands of years, the eastern Mediterranean has stood as a meeting point between East and West, bringing cultures and cuisines through trade, commerce, and migration. Traveling by boat and land, Yasmin Khan traces the ingredients that have spread through the region from the time of Ottoman rule to the influence of recent refugee communities. At the kitchen table, she For thousands of years, the eastern Mediterranean has stood as a meeting point between East and West, bringing cultures and cuisines through trade, commerce, and migration. Traveling by boat and land, Yasmin Khan traces the ingredients that have spread through the region from the time of Ottoman rule to the influence of recent refugee communities. At the kitchen table, she explores what borders, identity, and migration mean in an interconnected world, and her recipes unite around thickets of dill and bunches of oregano, zesty citrus and sweet dates, thick tahini and soothing cardamom. Khan includes healthy, seasonal, vegetable-focused recipes, such as hot yogurt soups, zucchini and feta fritters, pomegranate and sumac chicken, and candied pumpkin with tahini and date syrup. Fully accessible for the home cook, with stunning food and location photography, Ripe Figs is a dazzling collection of recipes and stories that celebrate an ever-diversifying region and imagine a world without borders.

30 review for Ripe Figs: Recipes and Stories from Turkey, Greece, and Cyprus

  1. 5 out of 5

    Coepi

    I received a copy through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I feel like it's hard to write a truly outstanding cookbook, but this certainly is one. Several of my closest friends are from the eastern Mediterranean and when they've cooked for me it's been incredible - so I was excited to read Ripe Figs, but also had high expectations. I found the recipes I hoped for, but also beautiful travel writing, an insight into the history and politics of the region, and descriptions of struggles fa I received a copy through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I feel like it's hard to write a truly outstanding cookbook, but this certainly is one. Several of my closest friends are from the eastern Mediterranean and when they've cooked for me it's been incredible - so I was excited to read Ripe Figs, but also had high expectations. I found the recipes I hoped for, but also beautiful travel writing, an insight into the history and politics of the region, and descriptions of struggles facing refugees in Greece. The photos were gorgeous too, even more than normal for travel/recipe books. I also loved how Khan reflected on the similarities between Iran (where part of her family is from) and the eastern Mediterranean, and her descriptions of the Turkish diaspora in London - now I'm yearning to visit not only the Mediterranean countries described, but also to go back to London again. This is an excellent book on many fronts, and I may have to buy myself a physical copy so I can see the beautiful photographs up close.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kristen Curtis

    Incredible

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    Wonderful book with beautiful photos and great recipes from all over the. Mediterranean. They look delicious and the author has fascinating discussions with the chefs she meets.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    Date reviewed/posted: January 31, 2021 Publication date: April 1, 2021 When life for the entire galaxy and planet has turned on its end, you are continuing to #maskup and #lockdown to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #secondwave is upon us, AND it is a loverly minus 16 degrees, snowy and icy where I am currently stationed, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of Date reviewed/posted: January 31, 2021 Publication date: April 1, 2021 When life for the entire galaxy and planet has turned on its end, you are continuing to #maskup and #lockdown to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #secondwave is upon us, AND it is a loverly minus 16 degrees, snowy and icy where I am currently stationed, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. 'Food writing at its best, a moving and beautiful book' Nigella Lawson Food and travel writer Yasmin Khan travels through Greece, Turkey and Cyprus sharing vibrant recipes and powerful stories from a region that has long-stood as a meeting point between Europe and the Middle East. Travelling by boat and land, Yasmin Khan traces recipes that have spread from the time of Ottoman rule, to the influence of recent refugee communities. At the kitchen table, she explores what borders and identity mean in an interconnected world. Featuring more than 80 delicious, easy-to-cook recipes that put vegetables centre stage and unite around thickets of dill and bunches of oregano, zesty citrus and sour pomegranates, sweet dates and soothing tahini and include dishes such as tomato and za'atar salad, courgette and feta fritters, pumpkin and cardamom soup, and pomegranate and sumac chicken. Illustrated with stunning food and location photography, Ripe Figs is a dazzling collection of recipes and stories that celebrate an ever-diversifying region and imagine a world without borders. 'Once again, Yasmin Khan invites her readers to the table for both the dishes she serves and the stories she tells' Yotam Ottolenghi A beautiful book that cleverly combines food writing and a cookbook, this was a delight to read and take a vacation in my mind to that part of the world. (It is FRIGID at the moment where I am in Canada....) The stories were lovely to read and the recipes appealing and brimming with healthiness.. The recipes are well written and understandable by cooks of all levels and the photos make the food very appealing to myself and other lovers of food out there. What I especially love about the book is that it uses mostly whole ingredients instead of pre-prepared and packaged foods. I do draw the line at making my own cheese beyond a quickly-made mozzarella, and canning tomatoes but the more "ingredients" you use the better. My one nephew says that I never have any food in my house, only ingredients --- that is why I cook so much. #Truedat I will recommend this book to friends, family and patrons alike - it is a great read and a greater cookbook - bring on the sun! As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I simply adore emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/Tik-Tok and YouTube Millionaires/snowflakes / literally-like-overusers etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it 🍅🍅🍅🍅🍅

  5. 5 out of 5

    Deb

    What a refreshing cookery book. Some amazing colourful photos in this book, that just makes you think of summer. The recipes are just joyous and mouth watering. They are the essence of the med. We all need a few of these recipes in our lives. Yasmin gives us snippets of info of various places as we go through the book. The recipes themselves are simple to understand and follow, there is nothing complicated. Most are quite simple and quick to make. The food is flavoursome, healthy, yet you will be What a refreshing cookery book. Some amazing colourful photos in this book, that just makes you think of summer. The recipes are just joyous and mouth watering. They are the essence of the med. We all need a few of these recipes in our lives. Yasmin gives us snippets of info of various places as we go through the book. The recipes themselves are simple to understand and follow, there is nothing complicated. Most are quite simple and quick to make. The food is flavoursome, healthy, yet you will be left wanting more……. You will be left returning to this book again and again. It is an everyday book, not just one of those books you buy and just use it for one perhaps two recipes, this is a book were you will be experimenting with most of the book. Simply mouthwatering……. buy from my shop at https://uk.bookshop.org/a/6117/978152...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    The stories and photos are enchanting and heartbreaking - the book has so much more to offer than just beautiful recipes. I love that the photos have often captured the street vendors and the fruits and nuts and spices for sale with the signage showing. My favorite is the photo of the woman making the Turkish Gozleme, but all of the photos make the stories and recipes and people come to life. One of the most unsettling facts regarding refugee resettlement is shared near the close of the book. Tu The stories and photos are enchanting and heartbreaking - the book has so much more to offer than just beautiful recipes. I love that the photos have often captured the street vendors and the fruits and nuts and spices for sale with the signage showing. My favorite is the photo of the woman making the Turkish Gozleme, but all of the photos make the stories and recipes and people come to life. One of the most unsettling facts regarding refugee resettlement is shared near the close of the book. Turkey hosts the largest refugee population in the world for five years straight - 3.6 million. Next largest is Colombia (1.8 million) and Pakistan (1.4 million). Compared to the UK hosting just 125,000 in 2018 and the USA only 22,500 in 2018. The wealthier nations, looking at the statistics, aren't contributing as much as needed.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sia Karamalegos

    I'm waiting to rate this book until I've tried a few recipes. I wanted to jot down my thoughts on the rest of the book while I remember... As a fellow mixed heritage person, I really enjoyed the stories of the different regions and migrants. That may be what drew me to this book - a desire to merge some of the culinary ideas of the whole region (I'm half Greek). A few of the Greek culinary ideas were a little bit off, but that could also be a regional thing as even within Greece there are many di I'm waiting to rate this book until I've tried a few recipes. I wanted to jot down my thoughts on the rest of the book while I remember... As a fellow mixed heritage person, I really enjoyed the stories of the different regions and migrants. That may be what drew me to this book - a desire to merge some of the culinary ideas of the whole region (I'm half Greek). A few of the Greek culinary ideas were a little bit off, but that could also be a regional thing as even within Greece there are many differences. Sometimes I eat vegetarian, so I appreciate the appendix that lists vegetarian, vegan, dairy free, and gluten free recipes. It's much more inclusive. I look forward to trying out the recipes, even ones that she's put her own influence on. Except maybe spanakopita. Spanakopita is sacred 😄

  8. 4 out of 5

    Shahedah

    Have you ever had a cookbook where you knew you could make every single recipe in it, and have complete faith that it would need little-to-no adjusting, and would turn out delicious and just as the recipe intends? This is what Yasmin Khan manages to do—in all of her books, not just her latest. Ripe Figs sings with the classic flavours of the Mediterranean through both creative and traditional recipes. Then there are those recipes included as a nod to refugees and migrants across the eastern Medit Have you ever had a cookbook where you knew you could make every single recipe in it, and have complete faith that it would need little-to-no adjusting, and would turn out delicious and just as the recipe intends? This is what Yasmin Khan manages to do—in all of her books, not just her latest. Ripe Figs sings with the classic flavours of the Mediterranean through both creative and traditional recipes. Then there are those recipes included as a nod to refugees and migrants across the eastern Mediterranean. Because this is not just a book of recipes, it's a cookbook that tells a story. Read my full review at https://foodiarist.com/2021/05/06/rev...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    This book seemed pulled in two directions: one told the stories of how divisions between ethnicity, nationality, or refugee status can be healed with the connecting nature of food and gathering to share a meal; the second was a traditional collection of regional recipes. I think it would have been more cohesive if the featured recipes featured the organizations and people striving to make these connections through food OR focused on the regional cuisine.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    Peace without borders I devoured this book, not only got the dining photography and beautiful recipes, but for the stories and commentary. We connect so much through food without even realizing it. This is a must read, please also check out the organizations listed at the end of the book to support.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tina Wright

    Ripe Figs has one of the most beautiful cookbook covers I have ever seen and, happily, Khan’s writing and recipes are equally sumptuous—this is a treasured addition to my cookbook collection, with recipes I’ll make again and again (olive bread, mushroom moussaka).

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rari Marks

    Beautiful photos of places, people and food. The recipes look so delicious. Touching stories about refugees, the meaninglessness of borders, and her childhood were all connected by the rich foods and ingredients of the region.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    I expected this just to be a cookbook, but half of it is powerful vignettes about travel and migration. I highly recommend it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bev

    Very interesting stories, and educational.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Truly incredible food writing. Amazing cookbook by a master cookbook author

  16. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

    It's like traveling to the Mediterranean from your chair. The pictures and descriptions with the recipes heighten the senses. Yasmin's sympathy for the refugee crisis is evident. It's like traveling to the Mediterranean from your chair. The pictures and descriptions with the recipes heighten the senses. Yasmin's sympathy for the refugee crisis is evident.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Maureen

    A lovely book talking about the food and the many lives of the refugees in this area. The politics are well mixed and do not take over the food.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kate Landis

    Moving narrative about the refugee crisis partnered by lush photography and simple, tasty recipes.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte Minvielle

    This is a really beautiful book with great recipes as well as context to the region. I love the menu ideas too. I’ve tried several now & they’ve been really tasty.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jessi Collier Wakefield

    GORGEOUS pictures with extraordinary recipes.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Pinky

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Want to try the Sweet Tahini Rolls, Halloumi Saganaki, and the Bougatsa recipes.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    One of the most gorgeous books I’ve read on the origins of food and society from this region. Khan is magical in her writing and brings more heart to her recipes than I could have imagined.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    This is a beautiful cookbook with lots of recipes I know I'll be making! This is a beautiful cookbook with lots of recipes I know I'll be making!

  24. 5 out of 5

    T

    I borrowed an ebook copy of this from my library. Not even 20 pages in, I knew it would be added to my Amazon cart in quick fashion.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Annie Oosterwyk

    Beautiful book about the culture and food of Turkey, Greece, and Cyprus. Focus on the recent immigration events in those countries.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lucy

    This is a beautifully written and photographed book, and is really evocative of the Mediterranean region (definitely the closest thing I've come to a holiday for a long time!) I really enjoyed reading about the food, culture and various start ups, and it made me long to be in Greece, eating good things by a beach. Having said all that, none of the recipes really stood out for me, there was nothing I wanted to make and eat immediately, which is the usual way I measure how good a cookbook is. I'm This is a beautifully written and photographed book, and is really evocative of the Mediterranean region (definitely the closest thing I've come to a holiday for a long time!) I really enjoyed reading about the food, culture and various start ups, and it made me long to be in Greece, eating good things by a beach. Having said all that, none of the recipes really stood out for me, there was nothing I wanted to make and eat immediately, which is the usual way I measure how good a cookbook is. I'm still glad to have read it, and will definitely look out for the other books by the author. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of the book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    MinThy Sữa

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tanner Kaveney

  29. 5 out of 5

    Armando Ayudan

  30. 4 out of 5

    Loren Huettman

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