Memories of a Lost Egypt - A Memoir with Recipes

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by Collette Rossant, Potter, 1999 uncorrected proof, trade paperback thus, 159 pages.

This wonderful autobiography by the cookbook writer, evoking the tug and pull of two cultures, is laced with cooking recipes of Egypt in the '30s and '40s. It's the perfect summer read. The genesis of this book was an article on Egyptian cuisine in Saveur magazine. Born in 1932 to an Egyptian father and French mother, both secular Jews, Rossant as a child knew both the worlds of Paris and Cairo, but after her father died, she was sent to Cairo to live with the severe members of his extended family. She found joy spending precious time in the kitchen with the family chefs.

She gives us the home recipes such as a simple tomato salad, roast chicken on a bed of leeks, meatballs with apricot sauce. Rossant returned to impoverished post-War Paris in her teens where she stayed with her maternal grandmother until she got married in 1955. The U.K. edition of this book carried the evocative title, Apricots on the Nile. A small jewel of a book. Partly erased discount bookstall price on front cover, hence VG.


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