Author(s): Greg Malouf
The cuisine in Saha is traditional and inspirational; enticingly spiced and fragrant. From hearty peasant dishes to more subtly spiced specialties from ancient palaces. Heartwarming stories and recipes from the people Greg and Lucy meet on their journey through Persia and throughout the Mediterranean and North Africa, are teamed with evocative images and Greg's own unique take on this history-rich and exciting cuisine. In Turquoise Greg and Lucy delight us by bringing their own inimitable blend of food and travel writing to the Turkish culinary landscape - one which remains curiously unexplored by many of us in the Western world. Recipes include classics such as Dumplings Filled with Cheese and Mint and Sticky Pistachio Baklava. Many more spring from Greg's unique talent and imagination, which combine here to create dishes like Spicy Red Pepper Soup with 'Hamsi' Toasts. In Saraban Greg and Lucy explore ancient Persia (one of the world's earliest and greatest empires) and modern-day Iran. Persian cooking is one of the oldest and most sophisticated cuisines in the world, it rejoices in rice, uses fresh herbs in abundance and combines meat, fish, fruit and vegetables with exotic spices, such as saffron, cardamom and dried limes. Join Greg and Lucy as they visit bustling bazaars and tiny soup kitchens, pick saffron before dawn and fish, in time-honoured tradition, from wooden dhows in the Persian Gulf.
Greg Malouf has inspired a generation of young chefs and transformed the Melbourne restaurant scene with his passion for the flavours of North Africa and the Middle East. After serving his formal apprenticeship in several of Melbourne's finest restaurants, he went on to work in France, Italy, Austria and Hong Kong. He has recetly opened a new restaurant in Dubai. Lucy Malouf is a Melbourne-based writer, she contributes regularly to Food and Drink in the Herald Sun, and over the years has written on a freelance basis for The Australian and Australian Gourmet Traveller, as well as a number of food and wine-based websites. She is also a restaurant reviewer and feature writer for Mietta's Eating and Drinking in Australia and The Age Cheap Eats Guide. Greg and Lucy have written the bestselling and award-winning: Arabesque, Moorish, Saha, and Saraban.