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Soframiz: Vibrant Middle Eastern Recipes from Sofra Bakery and Cafe by Ana Sortun and Maura Kilpatrick

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Notes about this book

  • Eat Your Books

    Errata: Revani recipe on page 193 - 2 cups of all-purpose flour should be 2 tablespoons.

Notes about Recipes in this book

  • Za'atar bread

    • gastronom on April 06, 2017

      Tasty and tender bread. Froze well for future use.

  • Stuffed simit

    • gastronom on April 06, 2017

      Good flavor. Dough volume was greater for me. Could not find grape molasses so used regular molasses, which worked okay.

  • Za'atar spiced amonds

    • gastronom on March 14, 2017

      These were versatile and flavorful, but too salty. Would cut salt in half next time.

  • Nana's pumpkin bread

    • smtucker on December 10, 2018

      Made with a fresh Sugar pumpkin which only yielded 2 cups of pumpkin puree so made 2/3 of the recipe. This bread is really good; even people who don't like pumpkin bread couldn't stop eating it. Though I reduced the amount of the recipe, I didn't reduce the spices quite as much which we enjoyed. About to make more!

  • Spicy lamb pide

    • smtucker on March 17, 2018

      Dough. I hate dough recipes that don't include how much stuff weighs. 1 1/2 cups of flour should equal 180 grams, but I had to add quite a bit more flour in order to get to a useable consistency. I make a lot of bread, otherwise I would have been really thrown. The result was a very soft and forgiving dough with a slightly sweet flavor. The filling is spicy, but not that spicy. I omitted the pepper paste since I didn't have on hand, and used feta because that is what we had. I never had anything similar to this in Istanbul. In the future, I would add some fresh items such as diced tomatoes and parsley which would be more familiar. All that said, this was delicious. Served with a huge salad.

  • Orange blossom lemonade

    • smtucker on January 02, 2017

      Great way to make lemonade. Of course, I changed the process. Macerate with mint, ripped into smaller bits, added to the bowl and you get more mint flavor. Don't skip the straining step.

  • Yellow split peas with za'atar spiced almonds

    • Mango725 on February 17, 2019

      Surprisingly delicious, this has become a repeater in our house. Love the texture of the almonds on top.

  • Persian love cake

    • Mango725 on February 17, 2019

      Easy and tasty but way too sweet. Next time I’m going to use 3/4 of the sugar.

  • Pita bread

    • leilx on January 14, 2019

      Easy recipe but not my favorite. It’s a bit too sweet. Comes out more bready although the puff is cute. Not like what Americans think of as pita.

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Reviews about this book

  • Food52

    The 2017 Piglet Tournament of Cookbooks, First Round: Soframiz vs. The Adventures of Fat Rice

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  • Eat the Love

    ...is gorgeous and full of flavorful Middle Eastern dishes. Though occasionally the ingredients list calls for difficult to find items...

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  • ISBN 10 1607749181
  • ISBN 13 9781607749189
  • Published Oct 11 2016
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 264
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Ten Speed Press

Publishers Text

A charming collection of 100 recipes from Cambridge's Sofra Bakery and Cafe, showcasing modern Middle Eastern spices and flavors with exotic yet accessible sweet and savory dishes geared toward everyday cooking and entertaining.

Ana Sortun and Maura Kilpatrick have traveled extensively throughout Turkey and the Middle East, researching recipes and gaining inspiration for their uber-popular cafe and bakery, Sofra. In their first cookbook together, the two demystify and explore the flavors of this popular region, creating accessible, fun recipes for everyday eating and entertaining. With a primer on essential ingredients and techniques, and recipes such as Morning Buns with Orange Blossom Glaze, Whipped Feta with Sweet and Hot Peppers, Eggplant Manoushe with Labne and Za'atar, and Sesame Caramel Cashews, Soframiz will transport readers to the markets and kitchens of the Middle East.


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