Thursday, October 3, 2013

Review: Pomegranates & Pine Nuts

Title: Pomegranates & Pine Nuts: A stunning collection of Lebanese, Moroccan and Persian recipes
Author: Bethany Kehdy
Format: egalley
Pub. Date: October 1st 2013
Source: Netgalley and Watkins Publishing Limited


Three and a half stars, rounded up.


Pomegranates & Pine Nuts: A stunning collection of Lebanese, Moroccan and Persian recipes is exactly what the title promises. This is a book filled with tasty sounding dishes, and is divided practically into sections based on courses and meat types.

I'm not all too familiar with cuisines from this section of the world, and that was my motivation for requesting this book on Netgalley when I saw it. That, plus the gorgeous picture on the cover. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that these stunning photographs are also featured inside. I don't utilize cookbooks unless they have at least some pictures in them, so that was a definite plus for this book. I also feel that the author did a great job in explaining what ingredients were and where one is able to get them. I'm glad she didn't assume that we all know entirely what she's talking about, as some cookbooks do.

While I think this cookbook is approachable and delicious sounding to all cooks, I have to say that this book has some great vegetarian dishes. I am a lover of meat, but even I took notice of the amount of meatless dishes that looked just as tasty, so vegetarians- check this one out.

The dishes that I'm most eager to try are: Baklawa (I had been searching for a good recipe for this!), Slumbering Camomile Chicken, Chicken Stuffed with Cherries, & Egyptian Spiced Bread Pudding.

There are some intimidating ingredients used in this book, but don't let that stop you from giving it a go. If you love to cook, try new things, or are looking for vegetarian dishes as well as carnivorous ones, Pomegranates and Pine Nuts is the book for you.

Thanks to Netgalley and Watkins Publishing Limited for my copy.


  1. So getting this book for our kitchen! I never really thought I'd be one to use cookbooks, but after reading a bunch of your cookbook reviews, my thoughts have changed drastically!