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Cookbook Review: Arabian Delights

Updated on March 29, 2013

Want to try some delicious and exotic recipe ideas? You're sure to be delighted by the wonderful recipe ideas in Arabian Delights: Recipes & Princely Entertaining Ideas from the Arabian Peninsula by Amy Riolo.

If you enjoy Arabic cuisine, you'll be delighted by this wonderful cookbook. The book opens with an overview of what it is that makes Arabian cuisine unique. You'll learn about the numerous regional differences in food and cooking traditions in different areas located throughout the Arabian peninsula.

Each chapter presents a different theme, so you'll have an easy time planning dinners filled with complementary recipes. Each chapter includes a suggested menu in keeping with the theme, recipes for the dishes on the recommended menu, and an entertaining timeline.

Entertaining Theme Ideas

If you're planning to prepare an Arabian meal in honor of a particular occasion, you'll want to know what types of foods and menus are appropriate for the particular even you are celebrating. Even if you are just experimenting with different recipes without a particular celebration in mind, it can be interesting to know how the regional cuisine you are serving is typically enjoyed in its region of origin.

In this book, you'll find a wide variety of Arabian entertaining themes suitable for any occasion, including:

  • Arabian Dessert Party
  • Arabian Tea Party
  • Baby Naming Ceremony
  • Bedouin Desert Truffle Party
  • Children's Pearl Diving Party
  • Palace Spice Bruch
  • Royal Wedding Reception
  • Yemeni Sabbath Luncheon
  • Many other interesting themes

My Favorite Recipes

I have a great appreciation for Middle Eastern cuisine, but live in an area where restaurants that serve Arabian food are few and far between. I was pleased to find out just how easy it is to prepare some of my favorite international dishes using the recipes in this book. Some of my favorites (so far - I just got the book!) include:

  • Baba Ghanouj (also known as Eggplant Puree)
  • Chicken Kabsah
  • Citrus and Tomato Glazed Chicken Breasts
  • Lentils and Rice
  • Pan Fried Zucchini with Tahini Dressing

About the Author

Amy Riolo is a nationally renowned culinary expert with a unique love of and appreciation for Arabian cuisine. Riolo is an author, lecturer, and gourmet cooking instructor who teaches classes in and around the Washington, D.C., area. She also maintains a place of residence in Egypt, and visits the region frequently. For more information about the author, see


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    Treathyl FOX 4 years ago from Austin, Texas

    I love trying exotic foods. :)

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    Trsmd 9 years ago from India

    Nice info about the author and the book..