When you write a book, you do so hoping that readers enjoy it. You normally want to take them on a journey and one way or another offer them a perspective hopefully a full learning experience.
I think that what any author of any written materials eventually appreciates the most is the feedback one gets from the readers. Perhaps, because this feedback makes all the hard work of producing a book all that much more worth it, but more so because it becomes the growth journey of the authors themselves completing the cycle of any book into its wholesome journey of learning. This to me is what I have learnt and appreciate the most about taking up the journey of writing a book.
I am feeling so blessed truly and receiving so much love, from many of you guys a lot of which I am sharing on my Instagram account (@1dimasharif) and facebook page (Dima Sharif) and some I will also be sharing here Sally's review below.
I simply cannot say to all of you enough thank yous to express my gratitude! I can simply say I am experiencing a deep sense of appreciation and feel grateful for everyone of you. Truly we meet, and we even part, we might see one another occasionally, and we might do only once, while other times we are a regular part of one another's' life... Regardless, I am really grateful for all of you guys. Thank you!
My friend, food blogger, and author of the food blog mycustardpie, the well known and loved Sally Prosser sent me the following as her review of Plated Heirlooms: (in her own words):
"I've lived in the Middle East for over 20 years and over that time I've tried to gain a greater understanding of the region. This has been through a variety of books primarily non-fiction, some fiction (The rock of Tanios by Amin Malouf is highly recommended).
My other source has been through books about food and cookery to make sense of this multilayered feast that stretches from the olive groves of the Levant to the fish based diets of the Gulf.
Some dishes have a similar expression across many countries, some totally unique and understanding the reasons behind this (climate, economics, tradition, ritual) is key to a deeper knowledge of the region and why it's pretty vague to say Middle Eastern food (as general and unhelpful as the term European food).
Dima's book (to me) has not yet reached my kitchen. It's been beside my bed telling tales of food, cooking and life, giving a very different and human perspective from a displaced nation, and a foil to the images conjured up in most people's minds, from the West particularly, when they hear the word Palestine.
Claudia Roden's book came with me to Saudi Arabia in 1995 and I've recommended it to everyone who comes to the Middle East. Plated Heirlooms is now its partner in recommended reading. Even though I haven't tested the recipes I have tasted Dima's food so have confidence that these will deliver... in spades."
Thank you Sally for such understanding and for sharing this with me. Really appreciated.
Plated Heirlooms is available at Kinokuniya, Book Munch Cafe, The Change Initiative, and the Gulf News Online Store. (See the tab Plated Heirlooms at the top of the blog for links for home delivery).
Grab your copy and let me hear your feedback!