My Egypt: Cooking from My Roots (Hardcover)

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A bold return to the cuisine of celebrated chef Michael Mina’s heritage—with a lifetime of recipes that capture the flavor and energy of Egypt
 
Growing up in a Middle Eastern household gave Michael Mina an innate understanding of how to cook with spice and use acidity to amp up flavors. But when he started working in restaurants, Mina went out of his way to cook everything but the Egyptian food he had grown up with. His family had left Cairo for the United States when he was two years old, and he felt the need to assimilate to thrive.
 
Decades later, after making his name as a technique-driven California chef and opening dozens of acclaimed restaurants, Mina looked back to what got him excited to cook in the first place: dishes like his mom’s ta’ameya, or Egyptian falafel, and tables heavy with dips and spreads at family barbecues. Thus began years of travel back to Egypt and a new story in his cuisine.
 
In My Egypt, Mina brings readers to contemporary Cairo and Alexandria to share the foundations of Egyptian cooking and hospitality, from the traditional breakfast of ful medames to the streetside meal of baladi bread stuffed with spiced hawawshi. He also marries Egyptian flavors with influences from around the world in dishes including:
  • Harissa Ratatouille
  • Halloumi and Watermelon Salad
  • Feta-Brined Spatchcock Chicken with Mint and Green Onions
  • Labne Frozen Yogurt.
 
This is the story of a lauded chef at the top of his game, triumphantly returning to his roots.

About the Author


Michael Mina, born Ashraf Mina in Cairo, Egypt, is one of America’s most celebrated chefs and restaurateurs. He is the founder of the MINA Group, which owns and operates more than thirty restaurants around the world. He has been honored with accolades including a Michelin star, the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food & Beverage, GAYOT’s Restaurateur of the Year, Bon Appétit’s Chef of the Year, and more. Mina and his restaurants have been featured on the Food Network and the Today Show and in Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, TIME, Travel + Leisure, and beyond. He has been a featured guest chef at the James Beard House, served as a judge on Hell’s Kitchen and MasterChef, and has cooked for three U.S. presidents: Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780316429788
ISBN-10: 0316429783
Publisher: Voracious
Publication Date: October 8th, 2024
Pages: 288
Language: English