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Ethnic Cookbooks: The Best Means For Native Cooking

Jun 20, 2008
Ethnic cookbooks help in familiarizing people with the various delicacies and native meals of certain countries and cities. This can help you a great deal in relating with locals, especially if you have relocated or if you are visiting in laws or friends from other cultural backgrounds.

Cooking is the best way in order to get the right amount of nutrients in the body as well as the preferred taste. Trying a new cuisine is both fun and exciting. Ethnic cookbooks help in familiarizing people with the various delicacies and native meals of certain countries and cities. This can help you a great deal in relating with locals, especially if you have relocated or if you are visiting in laws or friends from other cultural backgrounds.

Listed below are some of the famous ethnic cookbooks in different countries.


The newest edition of the cookbook entitled "Afghan Food and Cookery" is written by Helen Saberi with the aid of Shaima Breshna and Najiba Zaka. The author Helen Seberi has lived for ten years in Afghanistan and married an Afghan. She made a compilation of native authentic Afghan dishes.

Afghanistan cuisine was never actually documented, only until Helen Saberi wrote this interesting cookbook. She has been accustomed to cooking the cuisines in England. This is one reason why she thought of adding a "practical advice" section, intended for Western Cooks.

Much of the book's content is on traditions, food stuffs and the eating habits in Afghanistan. This book was published by the Hippocrene Books, Inc. in New York and contains approximately 291 pages and costs only $12.95 US.


* Best of the Regional African Cooking: This cookbook is written by Harya Hatchen. It has 240 unique dramatic recipes that were taken from every region in Africa. The book has about 274 pages. The cookbook's paperback print costs $11.95 US dollars.

* Taste of Eritrea: Recipes from one of Africa's Most Interesting Little Countries: There are more than 100 recipes written in this book that will allow mothers to bring home the taste of "Eritrea". This cookbook was published by Hippocrene Books, Inc. during the year 2000. The paperback version has about 139 pages and costs $22.50 US. This cookbook was written by Olivia Warren.

* Tastes of North America: Recipes from Morocco to the Mediterranean: The author of this cookbook is Sarah Woodward. This book presents an exquisite compilation of the history, culture and dishes of some areas in North America. It was published by Hippocrene Books, Inc. in New York during the year 1999. The hardcover has about 160 pages that come with colored photos. The book costs only $27.50 US.

South Africa:

Traditional South African Cookery: The author of this cookbook is Hildegonda Duckitt. It is a collection of two worthwhile books of authentic recipes that were duly compiled by the author. It provides tasty Dutch and British-inspired meals as well as an insight in colonial Africa's daily lifestyle. The cookbook has about 184 pages and the paperback costs around $10.95 US.


The Best of Albanian Cooking: favorite Family Recipes: This book was written by R. John Hysa and Klementina. Albania. It has culinary influences from different countries such as Greece, Turkey and Italy. This is due to the fat that the country is located at the West and East crossroads.

The cookbook consists of more than a hundred recipes where in most of which are favorite Albanian cuisines. The hardcover was released in 1998 and has about 168 pages and costs around $22.50 US.


Argentina Cooks! Treasured Recipes from the Nine Regions of Argentina: This cookbook is written by Shirley Lomax Brooks. The book was written in order to give justice to the extraordinary cuisines of Argentina. The cookbook focuses on the specialty of each region. Thus, this cookbook is published by Hippocrene Books, Inc. New York. The paperback has 298 black and white photos and costs only $24.95 US.


Good Food from Australia: This book was written by Graeme Newman and Betsy Newman. It has more than 150 recipes that were written in Australia and were all amazingly adopted in the American kitchen. It was published by Hippocrene Books, Inc during the year 1997. The hardcover has 284 pages and costs only $24.95 US.

Balkan Countries:

* The Melting Pot: Balkan Food and Cookery: This book was written by Maia Kaneva-Johnson. The most exhaustive thing would be to study the language and cuisines of the South-Easter portion of Hungary such as Romania, former Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Albania, Northern Greece, Macedonia and Turkey. This cookbook actually tells it all. The paperback has 384 pages and costs only $27.50 US. Thus, it was published by Prospect Books in 1995.

* The Balkan Cookbook: The author of this book is Vladimir Mirodan. This cookbook focuses on the traditional recipes of countries such as Romania, Yugoslavia and Bulgaria. The said countries appear to be unknown to the Western people but they were influenced by the "Balkan's unique setting" in Europe's history. Learn to cook and prepare Balkan delights like chorcaval, borsh, papanashi, chorba and ghiveci using this cookbook.

Moreover, the book was published by Pelican Publishing Co. in 1989. The hardcover has about 207 pages with black and white illustrations and costs only $18.95 US.

* The Best of Croatian Cooking: This book was written by two persons namely Gordana Pirker-Mosher and Liliana Pavicic. Hence, Croatia is a beautiful country that is located along the Balkan peninsula of Europe. Croatia offers a sunny coastline and breathtaking panorama, along with a culinary tradition that blends a combination of Mediterranean, near-Eastern and European influences. More than 200 recipes are written in this book. The hardcover has 298 pages with black and white photos. It was published by Hippocrene Books, Inc. during the year 2000.
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