The Weeknight Mediterranean Kitchen is a new cookbook by Samantha Ferraro of Little Ferraro Kitchen. Her blog is extremely colorful and filled with all different types of Mediterranean cuisine. Samantha’s recipes are beautifully photographed, (by Sam herself!) and while they look complicated, they’re actually really simple. In fact, you can sometimes catch her on instagram live cooking some of her exotic meals on a weeknight. Maybe that’s why she decided to write this cookbook!?
Please note that while this is not a “Kosher” cookbook, it really has very few recipes that cannot work if you are Kosher. The rest, are extremely Kosher friendly. It’s filled with 80 recipes that are quick and full of flavor. (disclaimer, I didn’t eat everything from the book, but I can tell from the recipes!) Mediterranean pantry staples and spices, appetizers & mezze, the main meal, soups and salads (one pot meals), vegetables, grains and pulses, sauces, dips and spreads, and sweets and sips.
Every recipe has a photo – which is helpful to know what you’re looking for, but also to inspire you! I like that Samantha lists a “TIP” on almost every recipe which gives you a little more insight about it.
Some Of My Favorites
Baked Feta two ways, Unstuffed Grape Leaves, Pomegranate-Glazed lamb chops, Slow Cooker Beef Stew With Green Beans, Potatoes & Spices, Turmeric Lemon Couscous with Currants, Fruit Rose Tart with Rose Whipped Cream, and Citrus Pomegranate Cocktail with Cardamom
What Sets it Apart
Maybe I’m just a sucker for photography, but I am really impressed with all the photos that Samantha took herself. They are so vibrant and make me want to eat that food now! Also, the fact that all these meals look really difficult, but in reality, they are approachable because you can find these ingredients usually in an international aisle, whole foods or Trader Joes and even amazon! Samantha’s food just inspires you to be bold in the kitchen with spices and ingredients but yet not overcomplicate your food. She keeps it simple, healthy and FRESH!
Also, I should mention that I really look at details of a book, and I really like that this is a paperback cover, almost lays flat! and small enough to handle in the kitchen when I am cooking. It’s important not to have a bulky book while you’ve got your ingredients all spread out on your counter!
How It Inspired Me
The fact that this book is not Kosher, yet has so many fresh, vibrant and NEW ideas that I can make on a weeknight was super inspiring. As a busy mom of two, I don’t always have time to make an elaborate meal, but I also want to expose my girls to different flavors while they are still young so they get used to what actual good food tastes like!
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I have a Chicken Shawarma recipe on the blog, but it’s a bit different from Samantha’s version.
Enjoy this Chicken Shawarma and Magical Herb Tahini Recipe (published with permission).