Arab Cooking on A Prairie Homestead

Arab Cooking on A Prairie Homestead

Recipes and Recollections From A Syrian Pioneer

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In the 1920s, Habeeb Salloum's parents left behind the orchards and vineyards of French-occupied Syria to seek a new life on the windswept, drought-stricken Canadian prairies. With recollections that show the grit and improvisation of early Syrian pioneers, Arab Cooking on a Prairie Homestead demonstrates Salloum's love of traditional Arab cuisine. By growing "exotic" crops brought from their country of origin--such as lentils, chickpeas, and bulgur--the Salloums survived the Dust Bowl conditions of the 1930s, and helped change the landscape of Canadian farming.

Over 200 recipes--from dumplings and lentil pies to zucchini mint soup--in this updated classic will provide today's foodies and urban farmers with dishes that are not only delicious, but also climate-friendly and gentle on your wallet!

Publisher: Regina, Saskatchewan :, University of Regina Press,, 2017, ©2017.
Edition: New edition.
ISBN: 9780889775183
Branch Call Number: 641. 595691 SAL 2017
Characteristics: xiii, 355 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm


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Jan 08, 2018

What a wonderful book. It is one that I plan to purchase for my own library, and I don't say that very often. It is part family history, part recipe and completely one that documents some of the new Canadian's contribution to this great nation. It also holds up a mirror to some of our less endearing traits as a nation and speaks honestly of their effect on new immigrants and their acclimatization. The author speaks of how through what the new immigrants previous experiences in another country and the skills they brought with them enabled them to survive the dirty 30's and the droughts along with new skills learned from the nearby Native residents. The author speaks honestly of the treatment meted out to the Natives and calls it one of Canada's more shameful periods in history. The recipes are flavourful and delicious and I found it interesting to see how a family brought it's traditional recipes and the recipes gradually evolved into a Canadian style. A wonderful book. Well worth the read.

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