Chicken Skewers

Honey and Soy Chicken Skewers

Honey and Soy Chicken Skewers

Honey and Soy Chicken Skewers excerpted from Ammu: Indian Home Cooking to Nourish Your Soul by Asma Khan. Photography by Laura Edwards.

Ammu: Indian Home Cooking to Nourish Your Soul by Asma Khan

Ammu is a collection of recipes from Asma Khan’s childhood, her Indian family kitchen. It is a celebration of where she comes from, of home cooking, and the inextricable link between food and love. It is also a chance for Asma to honour her ammu—mother—and to share with us the recipes that made her and rooted her to home.

This book is a joyful celebration of memories of food, and its power to heal, restore, and comfort. It includes her ammu’s comfort food from childhood, the recipes with which she was taught to cook, celebratory food for special occasions, and slow-cooked recipes passed through the generations of her family.

The recipes and the memories she shares all possess something that is universal: food is a way for us to have this conversation about how similar we all are—how it connects us and unites us beyond differing appearances, accents, races and backgrounds. (more…)

Chicken Shish Kebabs

Chicken Shish Kebabs

Chicken Shish Kebabs, Sumac: Recipes and Stories from Syria by Anas Atassi. Photography by Jeroen van der Spek.

Sumac: Recipes and Stories from Syria

The Syrian kitchen, shaped by influences from neighbouring countries, has deep historical roots and evolved to perfection over thousands of years.

Sumac is filled with traditional and contemporary Syrian recipes that were inspired by personal stories. The gorgeous photography illustrates how beautiful this country was and still is, and family photographs add depth to the author’s history. Each chapter is filled with the author’s memories of family celebrations and the country that inspired the book. He tells stories of traditional weekend breakfasts in his grandmother’s garden and of the mezze his mother cooked for family gatherings. There are memories of the rich aromatic flavours of the Syrian kitchen where fragrant spices like the lemony and deep red sumac are prized ingredients.

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