Book review: Feasts by Sabrina Ghayour
As the author of the award-winning cookbook Persiana and the Sunday Times no.1 bestselling Sirocco, Sabrina Ghayour knows a thing or two about Persian cuisine. So it was only a matter of time before the chef, food writer and cookery teacher released another book showcasing a variety of simple, colourful and flavourful Middle Eastern dishes.
Feasts is inspired by the gatherings and parties Sabrina’s family threw when she was growing up, and she has fond childhood memories of watching the seemingly never-ending supply of platters filled with mouthwatering dishes being placed on the family table. ‘Feasting plays an important role not only in Persian culture but also in that of the entire Middle East,’ Sabrina says, who hopes that her latest offering will ‘make cooking less of a chore and more of a joy’.
Along with a handy chapter of additional menu ideas, the book is broken up into breakfast and brunch; weekend feasts; quick-fix feasts; vegetarian feasts; summer feasts; lighter feasts; special occasions; and comfort food, with easy-to-follow recipes accompanied by beautiful food photography by Kris Kirkham. From spicy chickpea, harissa and cheddar pitas, and watermelon, radish and watercress salad to butterflied leg of lamb with pomegranate salsa and peach, lime and pistachio polenta cake, you’re in for impressively moreish meals that require minimal fuss.
‘Whether you follow my chapter and menu suggestions or if, like me, you prefer to pick and choose recipes from across the board to create your own special feast, may your feasts always be plentiful,’ Sabrina says.