Cookbook giveaway – Summers Under the Tamarind Tree

 Summers Under the Tamarind Tree

Pakistani food is full of flavour. With a rich coastline, the country enjoys spiced seafood and amazing fish dishes; while borders with Iran and Afghanistan mean strong Arabic influences in the food, alongside Indian and Far East Asian flavours. Former lawyer turned food writer and cookery teacher Sumayya Usmani captures the rich and aromatic pleasure of Pakistani cooking in her first cookbook, Summers Under the Tamarind TreeShe also celebrates the heritage and traditions of her home country and looks back on a happy childhood spent in the kitchen with her grandmother and mother. You can get a taste of the book through an excerpt from the book.

We’re delighted to offer five copies of Summers Under the Tamarind Tree to EYB Members worldwide. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post:

Which flavor or spice associated with Pakistani cooking do you most enjoy?

Please note that you must be signed into the Rafflecopter contest before posting the comment or your entry will not be counted. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends June 23, 2016.


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80 Comments

  • SilverSage  on  May 26, 2016

    Tamarind! I love the sourness of it.

  • Ladyberd  on  May 26, 2016

    Fenugreek!

  • jecca  on  May 26, 2016

    I absolutely love cardamom.

  • meggan  on  May 26, 2016

    Cumin – we go through so much cumin!

  • Seren_Ann  on  May 26, 2016

    I'd have to go with cardamom 🙂

  • ravensfan  on  May 26, 2016

    Cumin.

  • t.t  on  May 26, 2016

    Don't know if it's distinctively Pakistani, but I like saffron.

  • LiamandMel  on  May 26, 2016

    Tamarind, of course!

  • elizam  on  May 26, 2016

    cumin. without a doubt the most heavily used spice in my collection (and it's a large collection!)

  • beetlebug  on  May 26, 2016

    So hard to choose one. Probably cumin followed closely bu chile and cardamom.

  • Ruminate  on  May 26, 2016

    Hard to choose, but cardamom is certainly one of my favourites!

  • EmmaJaneDay  on  May 26, 2016

    Definitely cardamom, for sweet and savoury!

  • matag  on  May 26, 2016

    Cardamom

  • JanScholl  on  May 27, 2016

    I love the aroma of fenugreek but recently I purchased some Amchoor and now am experimenting with it.

  • GillB  on  May 27, 2016

    Cardamom is a true favourite

  • colinf  on  May 27, 2016

    I like the zing of tamarind

  • Ericalgr  on  May 27, 2016

    Cumin

  • IsaSim  on  May 27, 2016

    Curry leaves

  • Orielle  on  May 27, 2016

    Tamarind!

  • vickster  on  May 27, 2016

    Love cardamom

  • DebsMcPherson  on  May 27, 2016

    Cardamom

  • lauriesk  on  May 27, 2016

    I really don't know anything about Pakistani cooking, but I would love to learn.

  • sgump  on  May 27, 2016

    Rosewater: cannot get enough of it!

  • wester  on  May 28, 2016

    There are so many lovely flavors there, but if I have to choose one I'll go for fenugreek.

  • djoh437938  on  May 28, 2016

    cardamom

  • tcjanes  on  May 28, 2016

    Have to be tamarind.

  • ChefClaireFVS  on  May 28, 2016

    i love turmeric!

  • CLeonard  on  May 29, 2016

    Tamarind

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  May 29, 2016

    I love using mint in many of my dishes.

  • sarahawker  on  May 29, 2016

    Cardamom

  • cocecitycook  on  May 29, 2016

    I'm a fan of cumin!

  • willowglen  on  May 30, 2016

    I think fenugreek!! Fresh is better that dry.

  • kb_mw  on  May 30, 2016

    Tamarind!

  • pgarcia  on  May 30, 2016

    Turmeric – an anti-inflammatory!

  • bopper  on  May 30, 2016

    cinnamon for me

  • jyms  on  May 31, 2016

    Cumin

  • echilt5  on  May 31, 2016

    Turmeric!

  • vinochic  on  June 1, 2016

    Cardamom

  • ballen  on  June 2, 2016

    chickpeas with spices

  • Joyceeong  on  June 3, 2016

    Cardamom

  • Mayandbill  on  June 4, 2016

    Hard to say, love all of the spices, but maybe I will go with mangoes'

  • megweaves  on  June 4, 2016

    Amchur.

  • DesiKim  on  June 5, 2016

    Cinnamon

  • Ordinaryblogger  on  June 5, 2016

    Turmeric

  • Aggie92  on  June 5, 2016

    tamarind and cardamom

  • hillsboroks  on  June 5, 2016

    I love both cumin and cardamom.

  • Astrid5555  on  June 7, 2016

    Cumin and coriander!

  • saladdays  on  June 7, 2016

    My favourite is cumin.

  • sbh2006  on  June 8, 2016

    Cardamom, rosewater, and tamarind!

  • KatieEleanor17  on  June 8, 2016

    Has to be cinnamon :p

  • jlh39  on  June 10, 2016

    cardamom and coriander

  • Nancith  on  June 10, 2016

    Don't really know Pakistani food, but I'd love to try it!

  • Kathejo  on  June 11, 2016

    Cardamom, every time!

  • sallyc06  on  June 11, 2016

    Cardamom is my favourite.

  • kosteral  on  June 11, 2016

    Tamarind FTW!

  • rashaye  on  June 11, 2016

    I love the use of ginger in Pakistani food!

  • hrhacissej  on  June 11, 2016

    Definitely cardamom

  • pandapotamus  on  June 11, 2016

    cumin!

  • lsgourmet  on  June 12, 2016

    The warm spices, cinnamon, cardamom.

  • cezovski  on  June 12, 2016

    Mace is one of my favorites, along with nutmeg
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  • Silverscreensuppers  on  June 12, 2016

    Tamarind – yum, yum!

  • pokarekare  on  June 13, 2016

    cardamom

  • sassypantscooks  on  June 13, 2016

    I love cardamom, whether in sweet or savory applications!

  • Sergeant123  on  June 13, 2016

    Black cardamon. I didn't know it existed until a Pakistani co-worker gave me some and explained it to me. As much as I love cardamon in desserts and teas, I like how it gets used in spicy, savory dishes.

  • Hihelen  on  June 15, 2016

    Turmeric!

  • annieski  on  June 15, 2016

    Turmeric? Cumin? Turmeric? Cumin?
    so hard to choose.
    Push. Shove.
    Cumin.

  • Oldtyke  on  June 15, 2016

    I'd have to go with cardamon too.

  • mziech  on  June 15, 2016

    Cumin!

  • ldtrieb  on  June 15, 2016

    Can't wait to try this. Tamerind!

  • Kirstin_the_Kiwi  on  June 15, 2016

    cardamom

  • percussion03  on  June 15, 2016

    Not sure, love everything mentioned, but would need the book for more info!

  • SnarkyLarane  on  June 15, 2016

    Tamarind is a favorite, I only learned about it a couple years ago but love eating it as a sour treat.

  • sharifah  on  June 16, 2016

    turmeric

  • claireisabel  on  June 17, 2016

    Turmeric

  • juazella  on  June 18, 2016

    cardamom

  • jd5761  on  June 19, 2016

    cumin for me

  • Dlhallstead  on  June 21, 2016

    Cardamom

  • cookbookworm  on  June 22, 2016

    Rosewater

  • rchesser  on  June 23, 2016

    Cardamom!

  • love2chow  on  June 23, 2016

    chilli, curry leaves, mustard seeds, oranges

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