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Bartlett Reads: Spices of the World

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Welcome to the second post in the Bartlett Reads 2016 series. This year, our community-reads selection is The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri. This October, the community will come together to read the book, and attend events based on the themes in the book. Each week this month, we’ll feature books in some of the themes in The Namesake.

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Carlas Comfort Foods: Favorite Dishes from Around the World by Carla Hall

For Carla Hall, co-host of ABC’s The Chew, food is a wonderful way to forge connections with and between people. In her delicious new cookbook, Carla’s Comfort Foods, she finds inspiration by going around the world in search of the universal home-cooked flavors of comfort. Spinning standbys into distinctive new recipes, she combines the beloved flavors of home with the most delectable, enticing spices and tastes of international cuisine. Carla starts with your essential recipe for perfect all-American burgers; from there, you can choose to do them up Persian-style with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce, lime, and fragrant spices; or give them a Vietnamese twist with pickled veggies, scallions, ginger, and cilantro; or take your burgers to Morocco with gutsy spices, chiles, and feta cheese.

Full of Carla’s entertaining stories, the book shows how seasoning can transform any simple recipe. A comprehensive spice and flavor guide lets you chart your own course in the kitchen by turning your favorite go-to dish into a culinary trip around the world. In recipes that reflect her own vivacious personality, Carla takes you from Southern Chicken with Milk Gravy to West African Spicy- Sweet Chicken Stew; from German Double-Mustard Potato Salad to Moroccan Spice-Rubbed Beef Roast to Indian Chile, Pea, and Coconut Chutney; and from Southern Peach Cobbler to Greek Baklava. We all need an aromatic bowl of chicken soup from time to time; with Carla’s Comfort Foods, you can perk it up Italian-style with fresh basil and oregano; or have a taste of India with cilantro, curry, cumin, and turmeric; for a Caribbean treat, make it fragrant with lime, thyme, and cayenne pepper.

From Nashville to Naples to Nigeria, nothing gathers friends and family around the table like the flavors of home. Now you can hug your friends and family with Carla’s incredibly flavorful takes on creamy soups and noodles, fragrant stews and dumplings, and mouthwatering pastries, pies, and tarts. Join Carla for a delicious journey! (publisher description)

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Cooking Light Global Kitchen by David Joachim

Cooking Light Global Kitchen brings a world of flavor, texture, and enticing aromas to your everyday meals. In this book, the sometimes intimidating topic of preparing your favorite ethnic-inspired dishes is made easy, approachable, and, most importantly, doable for home cooks of any skill level, by using ethnic ingredients easy-to-find in your local grocery store!

New York Times Bestselling author David Joachim, shares fascinating stories behind the world’s most loved dishes as well as tips and techniques from 15 notable chefs and experts such as Rick Bayless, Marc Vetri, Michael Solomonov, Lidia Bastianich, Marcus Samuelsson, Jose Garces, Mark Bittman, and many more.

We’ll show you how to create Mexican chile rellenos, homemade pasta in the Italian tradition, Thai sticky rice, Egyptian koshari, and many other dishes without venturing further than the supermarket. You’ll get a taste of the world without ever leaving home. (publisher description)

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International Night by Mark Kurlansky and Talia Kurlansky

Once a week in the Kurlansky home, Mark spins a globe and wherever his daughter’s finger lands becomes the theme of that Friday night’s dinner. Their tradition of International Night has afforded Mark an opportunity to share with his daughter, Talia–and now the readers of International Night–the recipes, stories, and insights he’s collected over more than thirty years of traveling the world writing about food, culture, and history, and his charming pen-and-ink drawings, which appear throughout the book.

International Night is brimming with recipes for fifty-two special meals–appetizers, a main course, side dishes, and dessert for each–one for every week of the year. Some are old favorites from Mark’s repertoire, and others gleaned from research. Always, they are his own version, drawn from techniques he learned as a professional chef and from many years of talking to chefs, producers, and household cooks around the world. Despite these insights, every recipe is designed to be carried out–easily–by any amateur chef, and they are designed to be completed with the assistance of children.

Mark and Talia invite you and your family into their kitchen, outfitted with overflowing packets of exotic spices and aromas of delicacies from Tanzania and Kazakhstan to Cuba and Norway. From there, recipes and toothsome morsels of cultural and historical information will fill your bellies and your minds, and transport you to countries all around the world. (publisher description)

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It was a culinary journey like no other: Over the course of 195 weeks, food writer and blogger Sasha Martin set out to cook—and eat—a meal from every country in the world. As cooking unlocked the memories of her rough-and-tumble childhood and the loss and heartbreak that came with it, Martin became more determined than ever to find peace and elevate her life through the prism of food and world cultures. From the tiny, makeshift kitchen of her eccentric, creative mother to a string of foster homes to the house from which she launches her own cooking adventure, Martin’s heartfelt, brutally honest memoir reveals the power of cooking to bond, to empower, and to heal—and celebrates the simple truth that happiness is created from within. (publisher description)

A celebration of the food and flavors from the regions near the Southern and Eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea, with over 100 recipes for modern and accessible Middle Eastern dishes, including Lamb & Sour Cherry Meatballs; Chicken, Preserved Lemon & Olive Tagine; Blood Orange & Radicchio Salad; Persian Flatbread; and Spiced Carrot, Pistachio & Coconut Cake with Rosewater Cream.

Selected by London’s The Observer as their rising star in food for 2014, Sabrina Ghayour is one of the strongest voices in Middle Eastern food today. This chef, food writer and cooking teacher is the charismatic Persian-born host of the popular London supper clubs specializing in Persian and Middle Eastern flavors. With regular appearances on the BBC Good Food Show, Taste London and more, her work has been featured in numerous publications, including The Times, the Sunday Times, the Evening StandardThe Guardian, The IndependentThe TelegraphDelicious magazine, and BBC Good Food magazine. (publisher description)

Join us on Tuesday, October 18 for a program called The Spices of India. A representative from The Spice House in Geneva will be here to talk about how the demand for spices of the East grew throughout Medieval Europe. Register here.

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