Sharjah: Imagine having a new cuisine for iftar every day of Ramadan. Sounds incredulous? Well, Breaking Bread Around the World, a cookbook by Emirati Dedra L Stevenson, allows you to do just that.
Originally from the US, Stevenson had been preparing menus featuring flavours of different countries for three years. After it became a huge hit with her family and garnered a lot of attention on social media, she turned her work into a cookbook. The 250-page book is now available as an e-book for Dh33. The print version will be launched by around Eid Al Fitr and cost Dh150.
The countries featured in the book include Iceland, Ireland, China, Kenya, Denmark, Italy, England, USA and UAE. Each country has five recipes dedicated to it.
“I have a family of six and three house helps; and there are always friends coming over for iftar. So each recipe has been pre-approved by at least 20 people,” she said.
For Stevenson, it is more than a cookbook. “I want to portray the uniqueness of each country which also makes us realise how alike we all are in so many ways. When we ‘break bread’ with people, we become friends and allow their customs and cultures to enrich our lives,” she said.
“Since the book has been inspired by Ramadan, I will be donating 10 per cent of the proceeds to charity,” she said.
The link for ordering the book can be found on www.bluejinnimedia.com.