Her delicious and easy peasy apple cake is a staple in my house and her classic The New Book of Middle Eastern Food an integral part of my cookery library.
And tomorrow night, Claudia Roden, award winning food writer and author of The Book of Jewish Food: An Odyssey from Samarkand to New York who right now happens to be on book tour in the U.S. (born and raised in Cairo, she currently lives in London) for her brand new book Arabesque: A Taste of Morocco, Turkey, and Lebanon will be appearing at Benaroya Hall as part of Nextbook's Writers Series.
According to Michelle Yanow of Nextbook, Ms. Roden will talk about her career, including such topics as: how she started collecting recipes from relatives and friends when the Jews left Egypt after Suez, and continued to collect from other communities; why she became interested in the history and background of foods; her views on food as an important part of culture and identity; how for her writing about food is - apart from eating and cooking good food - about meeting people and hearing stories.
The book is organized by countries (Morocco, Turkey and Lebanon), contains over 150 recipes and I love that not only does she cover the classics but improves on Middle Eastern favorites--she offers tagines any cook can prepared at home and utilizes simple equipment most of us have around in our kitchens.
But most of all, Ms. Roden incorporates in this book one of my favorite things in the world, my beloved quince. Just look at that cover! That alone sold me on the book.
Following her talk, Ms. Roden will be joined onstage by chef, food writer and culinary arts instructor Emily Moore for conversation and Q&A. Ms. Roden's books will be available from Elliott Bay Book Co., and there will also be a booksigning after the program.
So, come on, start thinking of a good question to ask Ms. Roden, listen in on some delectable conversation, a chance to pick up your very own copy of Arabesque and definitely some inspiration for this week's menus.
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Nextbook Writers Series: Claudia Roden
Monday, November 20
$8 Regular Admission $6 Student/Under 25
200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101
206 215 4800
Will Call/Box Office opens at 6:45pm.
Seating is general admission