I bought Minnie’s Taste of Mediterranean Delight by Farah Khairat and Omneya Minnie Negm at the Islamic Museum in Preston on their open day a couple of years ago. As always I’m a sucker for a cookbook, and the aims of this one appealed to me (from the link above)
Firstly, its authors are Omneya “Minnie” Khairat, wife of the Canberra-based Egyptian ambassador, and their teenage daughter.
And, secondly, “Minnie’s Taste of Mediterranean Delight” is aimed at helping get food on the table for disadvantaged people back “home”.
Attaching a charity to the cookbook was another inspiration to publish and, to put it simply, Omneya says: “We can help people, so why not?”
Family friends, Docklands Press, sponsored the project, allowing all proceeds to go to the Egyptian Food Bank. The authors say that the sale of one book feeds a disadvantaged Egyptian family for a week.City News
I cooked from this cookbook a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve been struggling with writing it up since. For a first attempt at a cookbook, it’s really good, however it really would have benefited from an editor. The contents page lists all the recipes included in the book, and the page numbers are wrong, more of a guide to where the recipe is versus where you’ll find it exactly. Some of the recipes are missing steps and ingredients, which is not helpful for a cookbook. This is definitely not one for a new cook, but someone who is happy filling in the blanks. I’m going to rewrite the recipes a bit so they make more sense (hopefully), and my notes will detail what I’ve changed, as well as what I thought of the dish.
One final thing before I get to the recipes, I really did love the author’s Egyptian take on Mediterranean foodstuffs. I would like to try more things from this cookbook. Overall I rate it 3 out of 5 stars.Continue reading