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Cookbook Review – Zov: Recipes and Memories from the Heart

Updated on April 28, 2008

Zov: Recipes and Memories from the Heart by Zov Karamardian is a unique cookbook filled with delicious recipes that reflect the author's Armenian heritage and innovating cooking style.

The book opens with an interesting introduction that puts Zov's unqiue cooking style, background, and approach to preparing healthful and delicious meals into perspective. You'll find out about the family traditions that lead to Zov's love for cooking, her family's move to America from the Middle East, and the events that led her to start what has become an enormously successful restaurant that she's operated for more than 20 years. You'll also enjoy reading and learning from the overview of what the author refers to as pantry essentials.

As beautiful as it is practical, Zov: Recipes and Memories from the Heart is adorned with stunning food photography images and a wealth of easy-to follow, appealing recipes with a unique Mediterranean flair.

Learn to Prepare Amazing Mediterranean Dishes

When you add this cookbook to your collection, you'll have so many delicious international recipes at your fingertips that you'll never again have to struggle with finding a unique dish to prepare for your family, a party, or any other type of special occasion.

Zov does a great job simplifying international recipe preparation so that even those unfamiliar with regional cooking techniques and terminology won't have any trouble following the instructions.

Favorite Recipes

With so many delicious dishes in this cookbook, it's hard to narrow my choices down to just a few favorites. So many of the recipes presented in this book are things I've wanted to learn to make for quite some time. I was pleasantly surprised to discover just how easy it can be to make some of my favorite Middle Eastern dishes.

My favorites include:

  • Angel Hair Pasta with Tomatoes, Feta, and Pine Nuts
  • Chicken Marsala with Fusilli Pasta
  • Eggplant and Avocado Salsa
  • Heirloom Tomato Salad with Grilled Eggplant and Peppers
  • Rice Pilaf with Lentils and Caramelized Onions
  • Roasted Tomato and Eggplant Soup
  • Salmon Plaki with Vegetables and White Beans
  • Vine Ripened Roast Tomato Basil Soup

About the Author

Zov Karamardian is the owner and chef of the renowned eatery Zov's Bistro in the Orange County, California community of Tustin. Zov is widely recognized as one of the premier chefs in America. During her successful career, Zov has earned numerous awards and has been recognized as Chef of the Year by the office of the Governor of California and was named Restaurateur of the Year by the Southern California Restaurant Writers.


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