Discover the secrets of healthy and sustainable eating that have been practiced along the trade routes of Asia for centuries. This unusual book is filled with richly-flavored vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free recipes like Bengali Potato and Zucchini Curry, Afghan Moussaka Eggplant with Yoghurt Sauce and Bukharian Crock Pot Rice with Dried Fruit that are a welcome change from the usual bland vegetarian and vegan fare. Dishes from the Silk Road have their roots in the ancient village food traditions of Asia, where a few healthy ingredients from local gardens were blended with spices to create meals that are nutritious, varied and flavorful, as well as being ethical and sustainable. Author Dahlia Abraham-Klein is a food educator and nutritionist who draws from her own family heritage to create meals that honor what is most meaningful about cooking and food everywhere in the world--a connectedness to place, history and family. Her book is about developing culinary awareness and celebrating diversity--discovering foods with contrasting tastes and textures that are simple and easy to prepare, yet totally exciting and different. "Silk Road Vegetarian" delves into the cultural and spiritual traditions of the Silk Road to show how cultural traditions have influenced the cuisine. Each dish has a rich history--linking past to present in a particular place. At the same time, the recipes address pressing contemporary needs by showing us how to eat a healthy, balanced and yet interesting diet with locally-sourced, earth-friendly ingredients. The astonishing array of recipes in this book will inspire every home cook. All dishes are easy and simple to prepare, and codes are applied to identify which ones are: Vegetarian Vegan Gluten-free Try one of these recipes, and you'll agree that peoples living along the Silk Road created a unique culinary tradition that we have much to learn from today.
"Kudos for Dahlia's beautiful "Silk Road Vegetarian" cookbook. Its food and lore are vibrant, evocative, and colorful, as are the pictures of the dishes and family gatherings. Each dish is as simple and wholesome as it is delicious. The book spans several cultures and cuisines while always remaining straightforward and within reach. All this and perfectly vegetarian and gluten-free. All I can say is WOW! You'll be eating your veggies, I guarantee it!"--Levana Kirschenbaum (www.levanacooks.com), celebrity chef and author of "The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen" and "Levana Cooks Dairy Free!"
Dahlia Abraham-Klein holds a Masters in Education and a degree in naturopathy. She has practiced in New York City for many years, treating patients with food intolerances and sensitivities. She writes for JCarrot on food justice and ethical eating, including a "Green Tips" column on developing a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle.