The chickpea is a legume of the family Fabaceae, subfamily Faboideae. Its seeds are high in protein and is one of the earliest cultivated legumes whose 7,500-year-old remains have been found in the Middle East. Einat Mazor is a certified chef who studied at the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City and currently works as a culinary consultant for restaurants and food companies. In “Chickpeas: Sweet and Savory Recipes from Hummus to Dessert” Chef Mazor has compiled a beautifully illustrated compendium of chickpea oriented recipes for dishes that are as palate pleasing as they are nutritious and appetite satisfying. The thoroughly ‘kitchen cook friendly’ recipes range from Hummus Guacamole; Phyllo Triangles Filled with Chickpeas & Cheese; Spicy Carrot & Chickpea Soup; Veggie Burger; and Grilled Polenta with Mushroom Ragout; to Baked Cauliflower Patties; Fish Burgers; Mediterranean Beef Stew; Rosemary & Pumpkin Seed Bread; and Pine Nut Cracker. While “Chickpeas: Sweet and Savory Recipes from Hummus to Dessert” is certain to be an enduringly popular addition to family and community library cookbook collections, it should be noted that it is also available in a Kindle format ($10.99).
–The Midwest Book Review