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.


80 Comments

  • SilverSage  on  5/26/2016 at 12:42 PM

    Tamarind! I love the sourness of it.

  • Ladyberd  on  5/26/2016 at 1:29 PM

    Fenugreek!

  • jecca  on  5/26/2016 at 1:30 PM

    I absolutely love cardamom.

  • meggan  on  5/26/2016 at 2:32 PM

    Cumin - we go through so much cumin!

  • Seren_Ann  on  5/26/2016 at 3:44 PM

    I'd have to go with cardamom :)

  • ravensfan  on  5/26/2016 at 7:12 PM

    Cumin.

  • t.t  on  5/26/2016 at 7:15 PM

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

  • LiamandMel  on  5/26/2016 at 7:30 PM

    Tamarind, of course!

  • elizam  on  5/26/2016 at 7:32 PM

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

  • beetlebug  on  5/26/2016 at 8:06 PM

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

  • Ruminate  on  5/26/2016 at 8:44 PM

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

  • EmmaJaneDay  on  5/26/2016 at 9:00 PM

    Definitely cardamom, for sweet and savoury!

  • matag  on  5/26/2016 at 9:46 PM

    Cardamom

  • JanScholl  on  5/27/2016 at 12:17 AM

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

  • GillB  on  5/27/2016 at 12:41 AM

    Cardamom is a true favourite

  • colinf  on  5/27/2016 at 2:28 AM

    I like the zing of tamarind

  • Ericalgr  on  5/27/2016 at 3:44 AM

    Cumin

  • IsaSim  on  5/27/2016 at 3:53 AM

    Curry leaves

  • Orielle  on  5/27/2016 at 4:07 AM

    Tamarind!

  • vickster  on  5/27/2016 at 7:12 AM

    Love cardamom

  • DebsMcPherson  on  5/27/2016 at 4:13 PM

    Cardamom

  • lauriesk  on  5/27/2016 at 4:25 PM

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

  • sgump  on  5/27/2016 at 9:40 PM

    Rosewater: cannot get enough of it!

  • wester  on  5/28/2016 at 2:39 PM

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

  • djoh437938  on  5/28/2016 at 5:12 PM

    cardamom

  • tcjanes  on  5/28/2016 at 11:10 PM

    Have to be tamarind.

  • ChefClaireFVS  on  5/28/2016 at 11:42 PM

    i love turmeric!

  • CLeonard  on  5/29/2016 at 7:22 AM

    Tamarind

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  5/29/2016 at 1:27 PM

    I love using mint in many of my dishes.

  • sarahawker  on  5/29/2016 at 5:16 PM

    Cardamom

  • cocecitycook  on  5/29/2016 at 8:52 PM

    I'm a fan of cumin!

  • willowglen  on  5/30/2016 at 2:00 AM

    I think fenugreek!! Fresh is better that dry.

  • kb_mw  on  5/30/2016 at 11:11 AM

    Tamarind!

  • pgarcia  on  5/30/2016 at 12:35 PM

    Turmeric - an anti-inflammatory!

  • bopper  on  5/30/2016 at 4:35 PM

    cinnamon for me

  • jyms  on  5/31/2016 at 3:00 AM

    Cumin

  • echilt5  on  5/31/2016 at 3:09 PM

    Turmeric!

  • vinochic  on  6/1/2016 at 6:23 PM

    Cardamom

  • ballen  on  6/2/2016 at 10:21 AM

    chickpeas with spices

  • Joyceeong  on  6/3/2016 at 10:38 AM

    Cardamom

  • Mayandbill  on  6/4/2016 at 2:57 AM

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

  • megweaves  on  6/4/2016 at 7:33 PM

    Amchur.

  • DesiKim  on  6/5/2016 at 1:42 AM

    Cinnamon

  • Ordinaryblogger  on  6/5/2016 at 7:58 AM

    Turmeric

  • Aggie92  on  6/5/2016 at 10:49 AM

    tamarind and cardamom

  • hillsboroks  on  6/5/2016 at 4:26 PM

    I love both cumin and cardamom.

  • Astrid5555  on  6/7/2016 at 11:59 AM

    Cumin and coriander!

  • saladdays  on  6/7/2016 at 12:15 PM

    My favourite is cumin.

  • sbh2006  on  6/8/2016 at 6:38 AM

    Cardamom, rosewater, and tamarind!

  • KatieEleanor17  on  6/8/2016 at 8:01 AM

    Has to be cinnamon :p

  • jlh39  on  6/10/2016 at 8:11 PM

    cardamom and coriander

  • Nancith  on  6/10/2016 at 10:01 PM

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

  • Kathejo  on  6/11/2016 at 1:50 AM

    Cardamom, every time!

  • sallyc06  on  6/11/2016 at 4:42 AM

    Cardamom is my favourite.

  • kosteral  on  6/11/2016 at 7:21 AM

    Tamarind FTW!

  • rashaye  on  6/11/2016 at 10:26 AM

    I love the use of ginger in Pakistani food!

  • hrhacissej  on  6/11/2016 at 3:50 PM

    Definitely cardamom

  • pandapotamus  on  6/11/2016 at 7:54 PM

    cumin!

  • lsgourmet  on  6/12/2016 at 12:17 AM

    The warm spices, cinnamon, cardamom.

  • cezovski  on  6/12/2016 at 3:45 AM

    Mace is one of my favorites, along with nutmeg Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  • Silverscreensuppers  on  6/12/2016 at 4:50 AM

    Tamarind - yum, yum!

  • pokarekare  on  6/13/2016 at 1:40 AM

    cardamom

  • sassypantscooks  on  6/13/2016 at 10:06 AM

    I love cardamom, whether in sweet or savory applications!

  • Sergeant123  on  6/13/2016 at 9:51 PM

    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  6/15/2016 at 4:34 AM

    Turmeric!

  • annieski  on  6/15/2016 at 4:55 AM

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

  • Oldtyke  on  6/15/2016 at 8:12 AM

    I'd have to go with cardamon too.

  • mziech  on  6/15/2016 at 1:45 PM

    Cumin!

  • ldtrieb  on  6/15/2016 at 3:41 PM

    Can't wait to try this. Tamerind!

  • Kirstin_the_Kiwi  on  6/15/2016 at 4:38 PM

    cardamom

  • percussion03  on  6/15/2016 at 7:49 PM

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

  • SnarkyLarane  on  6/15/2016 at 10:04 PM

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

  • sharifah  on  6/16/2016 at 8:45 AM

    turmeric

  • claireisabel  on  6/17/2016 at 3:29 AM

    Turmeric

  • juazella  on  6/18/2016 at 11:43 PM

    cardamom

  • jd5761  on  6/19/2016 at 6:10 PM

    cumin for me

  • Dlhallstead  on  6/21/2016 at 12:58 AM

    Cardamom

  • cookbookworm  on  6/22/2016 at 7:08 AM

    Rosewater

  • rchesser  on  6/23/2016 at 12:23 PM

    Cardamom!

  • love2chow  on  6/23/2016 at 1:07 PM

    chilli, curry leaves, mustard seeds, oranges

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