TREASURE. Part of Time-Life Books' Foods of the World series, best series. A travelogue, a story book, a collection of recipes and anecdotes, an eye candy. I remember being completely absorbed in this book at a younger age, wishing I lived in the 60s, laying out its pages in Time-Life building.
The author is Harry G. Nickles, who used to be a former editor at Holiday magazine. To collect material for this book, he and his wife made a 6000 mile tour of the Middle East.
From the introduction:
"Modern jets and international business enterprise are breaking down the age-old gastronomic heritage of the Middle East, enfeebling it or shouldering it aside to pander to Western tastes in food. This book may be one of the last to bite into the subject in its pristine, mouth-watering state. So here, while time and the demons of progress still spare it, is one of the world's greatest cuisines."
1969 Time Inc. Fourth printing. Revised 1976. Hard cover. No dust jacket. 208 pages. Beautiful black & white and color photos and illustrations. Slight fading and soiling on the boards and wear and tear around the spine and edges. The interior is in very good condition.