Review :

This recipe book is simply gorgeous. Every chapter is based around a different region of the world and opens with an introduction on the culture and traditions of the place, complete with vibrant photos of the authors' visit to the area (Chris and Carolyn Caldicott spent years travelling around the world to find the best dishes most representative of the different countries' cuisine, and set up the World Food Café in Covent Garden, London). Similar flavour text is present in the margins around the actual recipe pages, making you feel more engaged with the dishes and countries described, and feeding your enthusiasm.

The recipes themselves are very straightforward, often offering alternatives to hard-to-find ingredients. More than 100 of the recipes are suitable for vegans, and more can be easily adapted so that they are. The deal maker for me, however, is the abundance of fantastic imagery - almost every other page is a vibrant photograph of a dish, market or landmark from anywhere from India and Sri Lanka, to Africa, Central America and the Caribbean.

If you're interested in the cuisine of Africa, the Caribbean or the Middle East (to list just a few regions), I would recommend this book very, very highly.

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