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Book launch: Recipes for Ramadan

Book launch: Recipes for Ramadan

Ramadan is my favourite month of the year, and at just under two months away, it’s approaching quickly. Far from being a difficult time of deprivation, Ramadan is a time to enjoy meals with loved ones, to make amends for the past year, and to start new things that I’ve been putting off for too long. It’s a time to think, to ponder, and to be inspired.

The Eid moon rises over Melbourne's west at the end of Ramadan 2014.

The Eid moon rises over Melbourne’s west at the end of Ramadan 2014.

Such is the inspiration of Ramadan that during the auspicious month two years ago I was inspired to compile a book of my favourite recipes from around the world. There would be 30 recipes from Asia, the Middle East and Australia, one for each day of the fast.

An image from Recipes for Ramadan, available soon!

Rooh Afza, Nimbu Pani and Watermelon Juice: from Recipes for Ramadan

However some of my favourite dishes from around the world aren’t meals at all; often they’re snacks, drinks or desserts. This required the book to be made of 30 meals from around the world. And I wanted to show how these recipes flow back into my travel experiences, both during and outside of Ramadan, in 40 different countries around the world. I read somewhere once that to eat the food of a nation is to take in its geography, its culture, its history and its reality in one sensual act. This is perhaps no truer than for the countries I have visited, and for the meals taken during Ramadan.

Tables groaning with food at a community iftaar in Dhaka, Bangladesh during Ramadan last year.

Tables groaning with food at a community iftar in Dhaka, Bangladesh during Ramadan.

What began to emerge was a recipe book that would also be a travel pictorial, and a spiritual introduction to the month of Ramadan. Recipes for Ramadan is the product of 10 months of listing, honing and compiling recipes, 2 months of intensive cooking and photography, and weeks of late nights spent formatting and editing. Special thanks at this point are due to my friends Ola and Mohammed Attar, without whose photography and editing skills the book would still be floundering on my computer desktop.

Spiced walnut pudding akhrot halva recipes for ramadan

Spiced walnut pudding; a favourite Pakistani dessert, featured in Recipes for Ramadan

Recipes for Ramadan is a recipe book, a travel diary and a cultural introduction, all linked together by the thread of the Muslim holy month. In all, it is 65 recipes from the Subcontinent, the Middle East, Central Asia, South East Asia and the West, littered with travel and cultural reflections.

Mutton Karahi; braised lamb in subcontinental spices, in Recipes for Ramadan

Mutton Karahi; braised lamb in subcontinental spices, in Recipes for Ramadan

The images and insights dictate that Recipes for Ramadan is ideal as a hard copy, not an e-book. It makes the perfect gift for anyone with an interest in food, travel or Muslim culture. An ideal coffee table piece, its striking, eye-catching design intrigues and invites all to delve inside and discover what it’s really all about. And the recipes included are all favourites, personally selected for their flavour, visual appeal and ease of preparation.

Dates on sale in Dhaka, Bangladesh, during Ramadan last year.

Dates on sale in Dhaka, Bangladesh, during Ramadan.

Recipes for Ramadan is a recipe book with a difference; recipes range from my mother’s casserole from my childhood, through to easy Indian, Pakistani, Arabic and Persian classics. There are also loads of new flavours to discover; learn how to make the national dish of Afghanistan, a Kyrgyz noodle soup, Bedouin-style lamb with rice, and coconut and pandan pancakes in a snap.

Nonya Ayam Kari; from Recipes for Ramadan

Nonya Ayam Kari; from Recipes for Ramadan

Simply, Recipes for Ramadan is all you need to experience a month of feasting, a life of journeys, and a world of flavours without leaving your home. And it’s available now, from Amazon.com, from $24.99*.

Click here to visit my online store, read more, and purchase your copy today.

Recipes for Ramadan cover

 

*Price is in USD and does not include postage and handling. Price may vary according to exchange rates fluctuation, currency variation and region/territory-specific pricing as dictated by Amazon.com and CreateSpace.

Meet Tim Blight


Writer, traveller, amateur photographer, teacher. Based in Melbourne and Lahore.

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  • Andrew Boland April 17, 2016, 10:47 am

    wow! Another book! Congratulations! How have you gone about actually printing the thing? Fantastic work Tim!

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    • Tim Blight April 18, 2016, 10:17 am

      Thanks Andy!! I went through CreateSpace on Amazon – self publishing. It’s easy and difficult in the same go!!

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  • Agness April 20, 2016, 5:48 am

    I’m getting super hungry now, Tim! Ramadan is a great occasion to stuff with face with really nice food. What’s your favourite?

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    • Tim Blight April 20, 2016, 9:11 pm

      Hmmmm tricky question!! Ummm… all of them?! :p

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  • Anna @ shenANNAgans April 21, 2016, 7:08 am

    Dooooode…. you are amazing, so impressed you’ve written another book. This one I am super excited to get my hands on. When I haul butt outta bed, I will grab my CC and get ordering. Congrats my friend. You rock! 🙂

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    • Tim Blight April 22, 2016, 10:05 pm

      Awwww thank you so much! You are pretty amazing too – and yeah, I thought you might be interested in this one! 😀

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