Apricots on the Nile: A Memoir with Recipes

Cairo, 1937 French born Colette Rossant is waiting out World War II among her father s Egyptian Jewish relatives From the moment she arrives at her grandparents belle poque mansion by the Nile, the five year old Colette finds companionship and comfort among the other outsiders in her home away from home the cooks and servants in the kitchen The chef, Ahmet, letsCairo, 1937 French born Colette Rossant is waiting out World War II among her father s Egyptian Jewish relatives From the moment she arrives at her grandparents belle poque mansion by the Nile, the five year old Colette finds companionship and comfort among the other outsiders in her home away from home the cooks and servants in the kitchen The chef, Ahmet, lets Colette taste the ful she learns how to make sambusaks for her new friends and she shops for semits and other treats in the Khan al Khalili market Colette is beginning to understand how her family s culture is linked to the kitchend soon she will claim Egypt s food, landscape, and people as her own Apricots on the Nile is a loving testament to Colette s adopted homeland With dozens of original recipes and family photographs, Colette s coming of age memoir is a splendid exploration of old Cairo in all its flavor, variety, and wide eyed wonder.
Apricots on the Nile A Memoir with Recipes Cairo French born Colette Rossant is waiting out World War II among her father s Egyptian Jewish relatives From the moment she arrives at her grandparents belle poque mansion by the Nile the fi

  • Title: Apricots on the Nile: A Memoir with Recipes
  • Author: Colette Rossant
  • ISBN: 9780743475617
  • Page: 475
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Apricots on the Nile: A Memoir with Recipes”

    1. This book made me nostalgic. But mostly it made me hungry.Apricots on the Nile combines the childhood rememberings of Colette Rossant with a series of her best and most beloved recipes. About half way through reading this I got up and made hummus, ful medames and falafel because reading about it and not being able to eat it was making me crazy. I will admit now though that I didn't take this book into the kitchen with me and follow any of Colette's recipes. I prefer to use my own tried and teste [...]

    2. It's rather difficult to review a memoir. If this was a "normal" novel, I would complain about the main character and some decisions or reactions I couldn't understand, but since it's not I'll switch to other things that I've noticed.First off, I would have loved for this book to be structured following a timeline. As it isn't, and some experienced are revisited at later points in the book, I had a really hard time trying to figure out how old the author was during any given experience. Time spa [...]

    3. Atmospheric nostalgic magical pure innocence wonderfully evocative - I love this book that I picked purely by chance because I was intrigued by the title. I have always had a fascination with Egypt and Cairo, there is a mystique that will never be fathomed because of cultural differences. I read this memoir many years ago and it has stayed with me in my soul. Colette transports the reader back to her childhood and the aromas and warmth and life around her, when staying with her grandmother.I sup [...]

    4. Rossant's memoir is certainly mouthwatering, and it brings 1940's Cairo alive. However, it's a little on the light side - there are several family conflicts happening and it might have beeb better to explore them more fully. Still, Rossant's work is enjoyable and intriguing - looking forward to reading her first and third books.

    5. A cute little book with nice recipes of the typical Egyptian food you still get today and some others with a French twist. The book is more a collection of little anecdotes than a fully flung story. Fairly shallow and superficial, but still worth reading for the feel-good factor. If you like food, this is a good choice. You can see and smell those kitchens in vivid detail.

    6. This is such a beautiful account of childhood spent growing up in Egypt and the incredible food and food rituals that accompanied.

    7. This is an evocative account of Rossant's childhood years in Egypt. We get a real sense of the place, of her extended family and their household, and above all, of the food. The narrative is interspersed with recipes, but these do not take over or intrude on the story - they do make you hungry though!

    8. A lovely book with some really good recipes. Cairo in the 1940s for a young girl torn between her Egyptian and French heritage.

    9. Collette Rossant recounts in memoir and in recipes a snapshot of her early life. In 1937, aged five, she arrived in Cairo from Paris with her Egyptian/Jewish father and French mother. On the death of her father, her mother returned to France and Collette remained with her wealthy grandparents. At age fifteen she was summoned to Paris to join her mother, never to see her grandparents again. Before going to Cairo, even as a very young child, she loved the Parisian kitchen, but her maternal grandmo [...]

    10. A very cute memoir of a bookI found this book at a landmark bookstore on Picadilly Street in London, England. It was titled APRICOTS ON THE NILE, A Memoir With Recipes. I just realized via a search on that the title is different here in the USA. I like the English title better. This book is a 'must get' for anyone who cooks. There will be some recipes that sound "ugh", but many are mouth watering. Personally, I liked the Tomato Salad(s), Roast Chicken on a Bed of Leeks, Meatballs with Apricot S [...]

    11. A nostalgic memoir of Rossant's childhood in Egypt and France, sprinkled with recipes that compliment the experiences of which she reminisces. The characters are described with warmth or the opposite (namely Rossant's mother) and her connection to place and people reflected through her descriptions of her food experiences. While I enjoyed the book I felt that opportunities for reflection were often lost or forced, leaving any connection with Rossant's character limited. I also found the non-chro [...]

    12. $5.99If you like food and love to cook, you may very well like this book. I'm not crazy about food and don't cook, but I enjoyed the author's story of how even though she was born in Paris, she ended up living in Cairo throughout the war and developed very fond memories of her Egyptian heritage. Needless to say she loved food, and so when she moved back to Paris, she learned even more.It is a simple retelling of fond memories from a woman who had been basically abandoned by her mother but raised [...]

    13. I thoroughly enjoyed this. It's a small book, which contains a lot of recipes taking up between ½ and 1½ pages each, so it makes it a quick read. Perfect for the holiday season and for curling up with a mug of hot chocolate.The recipes add a lovely dimension to the book, and, if you're a foodie like me, you'll be keeping notes on some of them. It's really nice to read an autobiography and then have an extra context in which to place the events.A really lovely read.

    14. Colette Rossant's light literary style compensates her heavy and old-fashioned Egyptian and French recipes. She is not a novellist, the story is bizarrely structured with chronological loopholes and her writing style is too light, if not superficial. Her 'local impressions' have no depht at alll. The recipes were appetising but some are too old school. She hasn't really convinced me of testing them. Overall, a nice yet disappointing tale.

    15. I didn't want to reach the end of the book, it has very mixed feelings of belonging, losing identities, mixed faiths, losing loved ones and a lot of soul searching to know who you are! Simply written, I related to everything written because I used to live in Cairo so it brought many good memories there though my Cairo was the very modern one not old Cairo ! I highly recommend to read, specially if you have any interest in the Middle Eastern food, in particular Egyptian!

    16. Rossant is a very interesting lady, with firm roots in the Middle East (Egypte, Lebanon) and the Western World (France, Spain, US). In these memoires she warmy describes her long stay in Cairo, with her grandparents, arond the second world war. As a culinary journalist she gives ample room to the local kitchen.

    17. I had already read "Return to Paris" prior to reading this book, which focuses on Colette Rossant's early years. I enjoyed this book very much. The only reason I gave it four stars was because it was a bit repetitive if you've already read "Return to Paris." However, if this is the first volume you read, you won't be lost wondering who the characters are.

    18. Rossant is/was a food writer I think for the NY Timesd she really delivers on this memoir of her childhood. Her grandparents home in Cairo and her other grandparents in Southern France lay the ground for a rich look at the food and society she was exposed to. It will inspire you to cook with your children :)

    19. Quite an interesting memoir about the life of wealthy Jews in early 20th century Egypt. I had no idea that Egypt had a Jewish community so that was interesting as well as the conflicts of inter faith marriages - Jewish and Catholic no Muslims. The young went on to be a renowned cookbook writer and shares many of her favourite recipes throughout the book

    20. READ THIS BOOK! You'll be envious of Colette Rossant's growing up - a way of life now, sadly, extinct. You'll be as frustrated as she likely was by the treatment of her mother and French grandmother, and you will absolutely love her Egyptian family. Such a feel good book!

    21. A time past in Egypt and the Author's biography in these pages.Makes you want to try food you would never have thought about of another culture. Wonderfully descriptive food. Have good food on hand to eat while reading this book. Do not read this book while hungry!

    22. Enjoyed it but not being totally chronological was annoying me. A slim book but took me longer to read than I expected and still have a number of unanswered questions. A great idea for a book but could have been better written.

    23. I absolutely loved this little book. Written as a memoir it is very engaging and the recipes are wonderful. The description of the food, the markets and the cooking of it all was so vivid. Highly recommend if you are a foodie and are interested in the MidEast at all. Loved it!

    24. It's simply a beautiful book. Rossant has this remarkable way of drawing you into her Egyptian-Jewish-Parisian-Catholic world. The recipes from her childhood just give this book another level. I love it definitely gives a sense of nostalgia.

    25. A charming little book! What a life the author led, so fascinating to glimpse into her world in Egypt in the 1940's. The author retells her childhood tales and recounts countless mouthwatering recipes from her past. Lovely!!

    26. I was pleased to find this book in my library. I had a wonderful gastronomical experience when I was in Egypt this past March. The memoir was charming, and the recipes doable for an inexperienced cook such as myself.

    27. Colette Rossant's Apricots On the Nile is an enlightening story of a foodie woman. She remembers being brought up before and during WW2, in a rich Jewish household with all her extended family in Egypt. Has recipes too. Delightful.

    28. Fantastic book about life in Egypt and being torn between two cultures and two families. Really resonated with me on many levels. Also a good quick read, PLUS excellent recipes. Definitely one of my new faves

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