Jordan is a new country on old foundations with an astonishing cultural mix. Overlaying the original population there are Palestinians, Lebanese, Armenians, Assyrians and sizeable Circassian and Chechen communities. Cecil Hourani seeks to understand the complexities of this land through its cookery. After many years of residence and involvement in the public affairs of the Kingdom, he has travelled to every corner and has sought out recipes and interspersed them with portraits of people, places and ways of life. The book has over sixty simple recipes, using ingredients and flavourings which can usually be found in Lebanese, Greek, Turkish, Armenian, Iranian or North African foodstores in the United Kingdom.