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Cookbook Giveaway: Purple Citrus & Sweet Perfume

Color, texture and spice come together beautifully in these Crunchy Red Swiss Chard Falafel.

Purple Citrus and Sweet PerfumeBritish chef, restaurateur, writer and food personality Silvena Rowe brings seductive elegance to Eastern Mediterranean cooking in Purple Citrus & Sweet Perfume: Cuisine of the Eastern Mediterranean. Silvena grew up in Bulgaria and her father is Turkish; she credits the vast 500-year rule of the Ottomans for creating a “melting pot of cuisines” in the Eastern Mediterranean region, from Athens to Budapest, Cairo to Beirut and beyond. Through her stories, Silvena takes us on a food journey and delivers simple recipes for lush, spiced Mediterranean home cooking.

What about the cookbook’s intriguing title? In an interview on The Splendid Table, Silvena says that “purple citrus” is sumac, a purple spice with a citrusy flavor, while “sweet perfume” is for the flowers commonly used in Eastern Mediterranean cooking.

Start your exploration of Silvena’s Mediterranean cooking with a few recipes for simple mezze. These are foods for socializing, and she describes them as a “glittering array of dishes” of different colors and textures. So round up a friend or two and give these a try: Crunchy Red Swiss Chard Falafel and Baba Ghanoush.

Baba Ghanoush

Classic Baba Ghanoush is simple yet seductive.

We’re giving away one copy of Purple Citrus & Sweet Perfume! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment telling us your favorite “exotic” spice. We want to know!

You must include your email address in the “Email” field when submitting your comment so we can communicate back with you if you’re a winner. (But do not post your email address into the actual body of the comment.) We’re giving one copy away to one very lucky, randomly selected commenter.

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So tell us, what’s your favorite spice?

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Comments (60)

  1. Amber Ross posted 09/16/2011

    Berbere…I know its more a blend of spices, but it gives grilled meats a nice spicy accent!

  2. Meghan posted 09/16/2011

    I love to try new recipes and this book definitely take me out of my box!

  3. san posted 09/16/2011

    Black pepper….who can deny a hard/soft boild eggs springled with some salt and pepper…. mouth watering

  4. Trish D posted 09/16/2011

    Oh, I would have to say Nutmeg. It is a clever little spice. My mom used to take the same can out of the cupboard year after year around the holidays. I suppose that is why I didn't think it had much flavor. Once I discovered it in fresh whole form I began grating it gently and sparingly. I added to tomato sauces and cauliflower and …well almost everything and it absolutely transformed my dishes. Honestly it elevated my as an aspiring cook.

  5. gqdarkstar posted 09/16/2011

    Black cumin

  6. Heather posted 09/16/2011

    Nutmeg and Cardamom. Both are so aromatic!

  7. gina posted 09/16/2011

    Hungarian smoked paprika! Was afraid of paprika for years, ever since my sister's deviled egg incident where hers crawled off her eggs. Then tried the smoked paprika after watching shows on tv – it's very good! :D

  8. Dr. Cathy posted 09/16/2011

    ;))Garlic, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, black pepper, mint…how are you supposed to choose?

  9. Mary C. posted 09/16/2011

    I like five spice powder

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