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Under the Copper Covers

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Gourmand World Cookbook 'Best Arab Cuisine' Award Recipient, 2017


Under the Copper Covers is a culinary journey of a Libyan woman in search of an identity. Forced to live in exile after the 1969 coup, it was through her passion and love for food and cooking that she discovered her sense of self and belonging in the different cuisines that Sherine Ben Halim Jafar encountered along the way. From Libya, Iraq, Iran, Palestine, Syria and Lebanon, this book is the product of her determination to document and preserve this journey.


"The story is moving, it reads like a novel. Food becomes part of the action, and the key to the outcome. The recipes give a full view of the Middle East. This is truly an excellent book, by a talented author. We really look forward to the next book, this one was such a lesson."

Edouard Cointreau, President of the Jury - Gourmand World Cookbook Awards


‘Sherine Ben Halim Jafar's cookbook stirs up memories of life in exile while celebrating Middle Eastern cuisine.' - THE NATIONAL


'a fresh perspective on the turbulent history of the holy city since the Colony was established.'



'...the joys of discovering her identity through food, and the authentic Middle Eastern recipes that she loves to cook.' - GULF NEWS


'Delicious, healthy and very colourful dishes.' - YOUR FOOD MAG


'highly moving and inspirational.' - NAHLA INK


'Food was not just a way for Sherine to hold on to her Libyan roots; it helped her explore a broader Arabic identity.' - STYLIST ARABIA


'In the book, Jafar tells much of her story through a child's eyes. The magnitude of what her family endured - and what a life in exile does to children - is enough to move readers to tears.' - OASIS LIVING MAGAZINE



Size: 200 x 270 mm
320 pages incl. color photography throughout
Rimal Books, 2015
Language: English
ISBN: 978 9963 715 27 5


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