By the internationally acclaimed author Arto der Haroutunian, The Yogurt Cookbook offers over 200 recipes ranging from hearty peasant fare to elegant, light dishes. The Armenian-born author expands yogurt beyond the narrow limitations of breakfasts, desserts and dips incorporating it into an impressive array of recipes. A genuine contribution to culinary literature, this indispensable guide will take its readers on a voyage of discovery that will inspire yogurt lovers to new gastronomic heights as well as create a whole new following for this guardian of good health. The author is truly an expert on the subject. He tells us the history of yogurt, how to make it and how it is easily used in all kinds of delicious recipes. Yogurt is consumed in a variety of ways in many cultures throughout the world. Several cultures use yogurt in sauces or as an ingredient to add a little zest to their favourite dishes. The recipes are splendid, from the subtle flavours of Middle Eastern dishes to the spiciness of Indian and other European foods. In the appetizers there are so many delicious dishes it would be hard to begin to list them all.There are fragrant soups, wonderful salads, and interesting egg dishes.
There are recipes for fish, poultry, meat, pasta, and vegetables. There is even a section on bread, pancakes and fritters.
Every one of the twelve cookbooks Arto der Haroutunian wrote became a classic; his thoughtful, erudite writing helped to explain to westerners the subtlety, complexity and diversity of Middle Eastern and North African cooking. He was born in Aleppo, Syria in 1940 and grew up in the Levant but came to England with his parents as a child and remained here for most of his life. He studied architecture at Manchester University and established a career designing restaurants, clubs and hotels. In 1970, in partnership with his brother, he opened the first Armenian restaurant in Manchester which eventually became a successful chain of six restaurants and two hotels. Given his passion for cooking it was a natural progression that he should then begin to write cookery books as they combined his love of food with his great interest in history and culture. It was his belief that the rich culinary tradition of the Middle East is the main source of many of our Western cuisines and his books were intended as an introduction to that tradition. Arto der Haroutunian was also a painter of international reputation who exhibited all over the world. His other interests included composing music and translating Turkish, Arab, Persian and Armenian authors. He was a true polymath. He died in 1987 at the untimely age of 47. He is survived by his wife and son who still live in Manchester.