Yas­min Khan on Clau­dia Ro­den

The Guardian - Feast - - Feast - The cook’s cook

Arabesque is the first of Clau­dia Ro­den’s books I bought, and the one I cook from the most. It has do­geared cor­ners where I’ve marked recipes and the pages are stained. It cov­ers the food of Le­banon, Morocco, Turkey: coun­tries with dif­fer­ent culi­nary tra­di­tions but threads of com­mon­al­ity. Ro­den sheds light on the dis­tinct rich­ness of each place. She meets peo­ple, asks about their favourite recipe, and the con­ver­sa­tion segues into who they are, their par­ents, their grand­par­ents ... Food is the start­ing point, a lens through which to see the world, its his­tory, its places and, cru­cially, its peo­ple.

Peo­ple talk to­day about “Mid­dle East­ern food” as though it is one thing. We’d never do that about

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