The National - News - - ARTS & LIFESTYLE SHARJAH BOOK FAIR - Ru­pert Hawk­sley

At­tend­ing literary talks and brows­ing the 80,000 ti­tles on dis­play at the Shar­jah In­ter­na­tional Book Fair (SIBF) will be hun­gry work. So it’s a good thing that there is such an ex­ten­sive pro­gramme sched­uled at the Cook­ery Cor­ner.

Fea­tur­ing demon­stra­tions, work­shops and talks by top chefs from around the world, in­clud­ing Aus­tralia, In­dia, Ja­pan, Le­banon and the United King­dom, the Cook­ery Cor­ner is home to more than 60 events and should be hot­ter than a jalapeno. Morocco’s Has­san M’Souli, pic­tured, author of pop­u­lar cook­books Moroc­can Mod­ern and Make It Moroc­can, will be show­ing the au­di­ence how to pack flavour into his tra­di­tional Moroc­can dishes, each of which is up­dated with a mod­ern twist. He is ap­pear­ing four times at SIBF, so there’s no ex­cuse not to catch him.

If you’re af­ter some­thing a lit­tle more sug­ary, try Badya Khaireldein’s cookie-mak­ing classes. Each one is less than an hour long and you’ll come away with the skills to wow your sweet-toothed fam­ily and friends.

Other high­lights in­clude a ses­sion with Yas­mine Nazmy, the French-Egyp­tian chef who founded Egypt’s first ve­gan restau­rant, and a work­shop with Shipra Khanna, who won sea­son two of Masterchef In­dia. Khanna will re­veal the se­crets be­hind her sig­na­ture recipes, such as chicken tikka dum biryani.

Ja­pan is the guest of hon­our this year and will be rep­re­sented by Hiroto Akama, a mem­ber of the All Ja­pan Chefs As­so­ci­a­tion.

For tim­ings, visit www.sibf.com.

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