Apricots on the Nile: A Memoir with Recipes


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In 1937, five-year-old Colette Rossant arrived in Cairo from Paris with her Egyptian Jewish father and beautiful French mother. When her father dies Colette's flighty mother abandons the little girl to her wealthy grandparents. She soon settles into their luxuriant, food centred lifestyle - spending afternoons in the spice filled kitchen; accompanying her grandmother to the bazaar; and feasting on the delicious Egyptian food. At fifteen Colette is brought back to Paris with her mother, never to see her grandparents again, ...

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Jan 26, 2012

fun, but nor more

I was interested in the book as a complement to Claudia Roden's several cookbooks covering Middle Eastern, particularly Sephardic cookery.

This little book is a fond memoir, with interesting touches of family history. The recipes have been "covered" elsewhere.

A nice addition to the cookbook shelf

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