The Jewelled Table by Bethany Kehdy

Any book on Middle Eastern cooking draws me in. I fall victim to the vibrant colors of this cuisine, tables overflowing with large platters of fragrant offerings and the community feel of a gathering. Bethany Kehdy's debut title The Jewelled Kitchen (or the US edition Pomegranates & Pine Nuts) is a beautiful cookbook. Now the author is back with The Jewelled Table: Cooking, Eating and Entertaining the Middle Eastern Way which explores the way Middle Easterners cook, eat, and entertain, and the rituals of doing so at home.

As the title would suggest, this book is a feast for the eyes with stunning illustrations, spectacular photography and a feeling of humble richness. The mezze style of hospitality encourages your guests to linger, to talk and share. Many platters of simple, flavorful dishes give the air of abundance. When you examine how Middle Easterners entertain, you learn what really is important - the feeling of care. The host is nurturing us with food, time and togetherness - "what's mine is ours". 

Bethany begins with the basics, follows with refreshments and cocktails, and then food that decorates the table. She continues with small plates, principal dishes and ends with desserts. Drink in the author's narrative, soak in the photographs of the landscape and people. Then be inspired by the dishes that shine with thoughtfulness and care. This is a feel good book and reading through it again today was refreshing. 

Our  takes you inside this gorgeous title and features the following 

 

 

Special thanks to Hardie Grant for providing us with the materials for our EYBD Preview above and offering three copies of The Jewelled Table in our giveaway below. I am grateful that publishers such as Hardie Grant continue to release these titles that inspire me to greatness by bringing the world's cultures, customs and cuisines to my kitchen. 

 

The publisher is offering three copies of this book to EYB Members in the US, UK, AU and NZ. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

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34 Comments

  • size_27  on  2/8/2019 at 12:23 AM

    I love vine leaves, and these sound amazing: Noura's deceptive vine leaves stuffed with tabbouleh & Arabic coffee (Yalangi)

  • riley  on  2/8/2019 at 12:41 AM

    Orange blossom honey pistachios

  • HelenAus  on  2/8/2019 at 1:25 AM

    Just because I love the name - the virgins breasts with lavender :)

  • sarahawker  on  2/8/2019 at 7:36 AM

    Spiced kishk pizzettes (Man'oushet kishk)

  • lapsapchung  on  2/8/2019 at 8:34 AM

    Golden rice kebbeh teardrops with duck & orange blossom (Kebbet halab / Kebbet timman)

  • kmn4  on  2/8/2019 at 8:45 AM

    The virgin's breasts with lavender (Ghraybeh)

  • Dewnie  on  2/8/2019 at 9:13 AM

    The bread puffs.....and the seasoning mixes.....

  • screenstarr  on  2/8/2019 at 10:44 AM

    As a pescetarian, I gravitated toward the vegetarian choices. I loved the evocatively titled recipes, such as the Virgin's Breasts, but the first one I'd really like to make in my own kitchen is Spiked Za'atar Salad. It sounds simple enough for a beginner, and then I could ease my way into more demanding recipes. Thank you!

  • lean1  on  2/8/2019 at 11:55 AM

    Pomegranate and cumin cashews sounds like a wonderful snack!

  • zeni  on  2/8/2019 at 6:10 PM

    Baby aubergines stuffed with garlic, walnut & pomegranate (Batenjan makdous) cause I love this flavour combination; but Bacon basturma (Basturma khanzeer) OMG!!!

  • elsid22  on  2/8/2019 at 6:25 PM

    Orange blossom honey pistachios

  • lpatterson412  on  2/8/2019 at 10:14 PM

    Pomegranate and cumin cashews

  • merkusje  on  2/9/2019 at 4:11 AM

    Sticky freezer cake with tahini & carob molasses (Tahini wa debs al kharub) 

  • Barb_N  on  2/9/2019 at 11:41 AM

    Unfortunately the digital recipe for the fatayer does not include the savory pastry which is a different recipe.

  • mpdeb98  on  2/9/2019 at 2:10 PM

    Aysh pita pyramids

  • Dannausc  on  2/9/2019 at 3:02 PM

    Aged butter

  • LaurenE  on  2/9/2019 at 6:52 PM

    Orange blossom honey pistachios

  • kaivulagi  on  2/9/2019 at 9:12 PM

    I'd make the whipped hummus. I just love me a good hummus.

  • t.t  on  2/9/2019 at 10:23 PM

    Hawayej spiced toasted chickpeas (Qadami)

  • Ckerr81  on  2/9/2019 at 10:45 PM

    Orange blossom honey pistachios

  • Lizwizz  on  2/10/2019 at 9:23 AM

    Za'atar blend

  • mph993  on  2/10/2019 at 10:31 AM

    Whipped hummus with roast beetroot & fennel - furthering our beetroot experiments!

  • MiMi60  on  2/10/2019 at 6:00 PM

    Pomegranate and cumin cashews sounds like a wonderful snack

  • a1apple  on  2/10/2019 at 7:26 PM

    Arabic coffee (Qahwah Arabiyya)

  • thecharlah  on  2/10/2019 at 8:33 PM

    Pomegranate & cumin cashews

  • ravensfan  on  2/11/2019 at 10:43 AM

    Arabic coffee (Qahwah Arabiyya)

  • Laura1  on  2/13/2019 at 8:06 PM

    Spiked Za'atar Salad

  • SusanMargaret  on  2/14/2019 at 9:39 AM

    The Za'atar Salad is calling to me. I recently came across this flavor explosion and can't get enough of it.

  • JulieG1002  on  2/15/2019 at 10:42 AM

    Imam Biyaldi -- eggplant and olive oil = heaven!

  • jmay42066  on  2/15/2019 at 3:43 PM

    Orange blossom honey pistachios

  • lauriesk  on  2/16/2019 at 4:44 PM

    I would make the Orange blossom honey pistachios.

  • GregH  on  2/16/2019 at 7:20 PM

    Old-country tabbouleh (Kisir / Eetch / Sud khayma)

  • Sladea86  on  2/16/2019 at 9:29 PM

    The sultans poached eggs

  • popoff  on  2/18/2019 at 3:01 PM

    Beetroot, labneh & za'atar fatayer kayaks

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