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Tuesday, August 10, 2021

* FOOD BOOK OF THE MONTH! -- The Kitchen Without Borders (Worman Publishing)

2.THE KITCHEN WITHOUT BORDERS; recipes and stories from refugee and immigrant chefs (Workman Publishing, 2020, 212 pages, $33.95 hardbound) is from the New York City catering collective EAT OFFBEAT, an outfit that features off-the-beaten-path cuisines and thereby creates jobs for refugees and immigrants. And 2% of the cover price of each book sold globally will benefit the International Rescue Committee. Here are 70 authentic preps for food from countries torn by strife: Syria, Iran, Eritrea, Venezuela, and others. Each recipe has a chef profile and photographic portrait of a displaced person seeking a link between food and home. Thirteen chefs are thus highlighted. Arrangement is by course, from appetizer through dips, salads, soups, grains, veggies, meat, desserts and drinks. Typical home versions of classic local food include momos from Nepal, beef kibbeh from Syria, potato kibbeh from Iraq, fatayer hand pies from Iraq, cachapas from Venezuela, kuku sabzi from Iran, red pepper soup from Central African Republic, Algerian couscous, veggie couscous from Sri Lanka, jollof rice from Nigeria, et al. Stories are attached to each prep as well as chef backgrounds.  The book could have been improved if it also used metric in the recipes (this is a global resource), but at least it had metric conversion charts. Quality/price rating: 92.

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