Book Review: Hummus & Co. by Michael Rantissi and Kristy Frawley

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Title: Hummus & Co.
Author: Michael Rantissi and Kristy Frawley
Publication Date: 1st October 2017

Synopsis: "There is nothing in this book that isn't made for sharing. This cookbook goes far beyond your traditional meat and three veg. Hummus & Co. has everything you need for your own Middle Eastern feasts; from brunch to barbecue, from colourful salads to slow-cooked meats, never forgetting the sweet treats, cakes and slices that are so much a part of Middle Eastern hospitality.

Hummus & Co. invites you into its generous hearts, full of great food for sharing around the table with friends and family, from Australia to Israel and back. Michael and Kristy capture the generosity and hospitality for which the Middle East is famed, celebrating delicious ingredients in a simple way and bringing people together to enjoy them.

Using only the freshest ingredients with big flavours - think lemony freshness, spice, tahini, walnuts, coriander, pomegranate, eggplant, haloumi, and so much more, these 140+ recipes will be the dishes your family loves to share. And of course, there's the ultimate hummus recipe, guaranteed to bring everyone to the table."

My thoughts: This is a beautiful cookbook, absolutely filled to bursting with recipes. The photography is extremely beautiful, and each recipe is preceded by a nice little introduction talking about inspirations for the dish, when to make it, and briefly discussing what works well in the dish, which I thought was a really lovely touch.

I did really enjoy looking through this book, however I have discovered that I can't eat eggs or gluten of late, and there were a loootttt of eggs, particularly in the brunch dishes, so they kind of had to be ruled out by me as something I could make. Looking at them, I would definitely say that they would be delicious if I could eat them. This is obviously a personal thing, but as I like to include my own personality and context within my reviews, I felt that I needed to share that while this is a beautiful book, there isn't much in there that I can actually consume.

That is, until I got to the chapter on teas. Several pages worth of different teas to make, from 'Iron Goddess Iced Tea with Plums, Mint and Lemon Leaves', all the way to 'Middle Eastern Masala Chai' - this, for me, is where this book really shines. The teas sound amazing, and I definitely want to try them out. I think I will be starting with either 'Turkish Apple Tea', or perhaps 'Strawberry Tea with Rosewater'. Yum!

In summary, this is a beautiful book. Despite my inability to make many of the items in here, I think it would make a lovely addition to anyone's cookbook shelf. The Middle Eastern foods sound amazing, and I highly recommend it, particularly for people looking to cook more diversely, and taste delicious Middle Eastern foods in their own home.

[I received a review copy of this book from Murdoch Books in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!]

You would like this book if: You like beautiful cookbooks, with delicious Middle Eastern foods.

Tea to drink while reading this book: Perhaps some Turkish Apple Tea?

Rating:  7/10

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