Shane Delia, owner of Melbourne’s award-winning Maha, brings us his first cookbook, a superb collection of recipes that showcases his distinctive fusion of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food, with a strong focus on the full-flavoured dishes prepared by Shane’s large Australian – Maltese family.
Based on the freshest ingredients and cooked from the heart, Shane’s recipes are designed to be served at a shared table. They include classic meze dishes, new takes on old favourites, and recipes that have been handed down through the generations, such as Shane’s grandfather’s spicy rabbit stew, and his mother-in-law’s duck and apricot sambusek. He has also included some of his restaurant’s signature dishes, such as the irresistible Turkish delight doughnuts with rosewater honey.
More than just a cookbook, Maha is a tribute to family life, and to the role of food in sustaining the ties that bind.
Delicious, authentic Middle Eastern food from Shane Delia, owner of award-winning restaurant Maha and host of the SBS TV show Shane Delia’s Spice Journey.
From Morocco, Malta and Andalucia in the west, to Turkey, Lebanon and Iran in the East, the food and flavours of the Middle East permeate almost every aspect of daily life in that region. Orange blossom and rose petals, spice- encrusted slow-cooked meats, fermented yoghurts, dates and olives – these are the flavours that have captivated visitors for centuries and that have experienced a recent surge in popularity in western kitchens.
Following on from the popular television series, Spice Journey the book takes readers on a whirlwind tour of Middle Eastern food at its best. Award winning Maltese-Australian chef Shane Delia journeys to the well-trodden souks, street food stalls as well as private dining rooms of locals across six countries in the Middle East, in search of the most authentic and representative local recipes to bring back to his kitchen.
Spice Journey offers 80 of these recipes distilled for the home cook, accompanied by hundreds of stunning images shot on location. This is a stunning volume for anyone who has ever dreamt of taking their own spice journey.