SIROCCO: Fabulous Flavours from the Middle East – Sabrina Ghayour | Cookbook Review

Pages: 240, Hardcover
Publication date: May 3, 2016
Publishers: Appetite by Random House
How I got the copy: From the publisher (Penguin Random House).
Rating: 5/5

Journey to the Middle East and Mediterranean with alluring recipes from Sabrina Ghayour, dubbed “the golden girl of Persian Cookery” by The Observer, in the highly anticipated follow-up to her bestselling debut cookbook, PersianaSiroccohighlights the use of simple pantry staples and striking flavor combinations to transform everyday dishes. From eye-catching salads to indulgent sweets, each of Ghayour’s recipes is a vibrant addition to the modern home cook’s table.

This cookbook has so many different types of amazing looking food! Each recipe looks very savory and tasty, so full of flavor, which is how I love my food. I’m very much a person who loves food, and prefers salty to sweet foods, and this covers so many different food selections to accommodate to anyone’s preferred taste. As I mention in each cookbook I review, I’m a pescatarian and always take that into consideration to the cookbook I’m reviewing. Sirocco includes recipes that have meat in them but it’s fairly easy to substitute the meat to non-meat options. However, there are many recipes I found that non-meat eaters could make as is. 

Sirocco starts off with a “My Kitchen Pantry” section to cover the understanding of the basic spices that will be needed for these Middle Eastern recipes, which is great, it’s always annoying finding a recipe with spices or ingredients you’ve never heard of and need to Google search it.

There are so many simple and easy dishes that showcase wonderful Middle Eastern recipes, with common ingredients, in ways I’ve never tried before and they look simply delicious. And the best part is each recipe includes easy to follow instructions, so making these dishes won’t become stressful.

Sabrina talks about each recipe before getting into the ingredients, which I found different, and was a very nice touch to include in the cookbook. Including a short paragraph before each recipe allows the cookbook to feel very personal. It’s almost as if Sabrina were personally sharing her recipes with the readers one-on-one.

I can’t forget about the pictures! Haarala Hamilton took the pictures in this beautiful cookbook! Each photo depicts the vibrant colours of the dishes and each photo looks ready to eat. The photos definitely compliment the cookbook.

I’m very happy to have this cookbook in my possession. Sirocco has great recipes to make for dinner parties or whenever you have people over. I really fell in love with this cookbook.

Sirocco covers:
  • Breakfast & Brunch
  • Light Bites & Savory Snacks
  • Salades & Sides
  • Main Dishes
  • Bakes & Sweet Treats


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