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Jessica Esa

Jess is the creator and editor of Books and Bao. She's passionate about the world, its literature, food, culture, and people. She enjoys sharing her travel tips with others and capturing those perfect moments.

11 Greek Cookbooks for Mouthwatering Greek & Cypriot Dishes

Discover hundreds of new dishes with these Greek, Turkish, and Cypriot recipes. With an emphasis on fresh ingredients and simple techniques, Greek food is undoubtedly incredibly popular the world over. However, when we consider Greek dishes, quite often only a few staples jump to mind fresh salads with feta and olives, hearty dishes such as …

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17 Best Asian Cookbooks for Delicious Home Cooking (2021)

Get ready to travel your way around the continent with your stomach and discover the best Asian cookbooks from Japan, to Korea, Vietnam, and India. Cookbooks are a huge passion of mine, there’s very little that will stop me dropping money on a new cookbook despite my wallet crying out at me. The history and …

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14 Middle Eastern Cookbooks (For Aromatic Home Cooking) in 2021

Whether you’re looking to learn Persian, Turkish, Israeli, or Arab cuisine, these Middle Eastern cookbooks will take you on a culinary journey as you learn to recreate the same fragrant, spiced dishes that we know and love. Growing up in an Egyptian household, I’m no stranger to the delights of Middle Eastern cuisine, but even …

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Kokeshi Dolls (こけし): Everything You Need to Know

Showcasing the imagination of the artists, kokeshi dolls take a simple idea and demonstrate stunning artwork, giving us characters to be treasured. They have changed a lot over the years but several details remain, including their limbless physique and vibrant hand-painted bodies. Find out everything about kokeshi dolls, from their history to how they are …

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The 8 Best Independent Bath Bookshops, UK

Bath is a favourite place to visit amongst literary types, one of the oldest and most architecturally beautiful little cities in all of the UK. The city has a Jane Austen museum (with a gift shop), the historic Roman baths which gave the town its name, the magnificent Royal Crescent and, of course, several of …

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11 Types of Japanese Tea & How to Brew Them – History and Guide

Delve into the fascinating history of tea in Japan, the types of Japanese tea you can try, and how to brew them at home. Plus discover some interesting books about Japanese tea and tea ceremonies. The world of tea is a fascinating subject to dive into, with a long history that few are aware of …

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7 Books of Incredible Arabic Short Stories

Arab literature is a world that contains multitudes. From a Western perspective, you might expect Arab stories to provide you religious or political perspective on a world you know little about. Sometimes that’s true and sometimes it isn’t. While the Arab world is home to revered classic novels and modern works of brilliance, one of …

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Discover Korean Vegan Food and Temple Cuisine

Learn about Korean vegan dishes you can try at home, the world of vegan and vegetarian Korean temple cuisine, and some amazing vegan Korean cookbooks. While Korean cuisine is strongly associated with meat and fish dishes, it’s certainly not the case that vegans will miss out when visiting Korea. And when it comes to cooking …

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9 Cookbooks For The Best Homecooked African Food

African food represents one of the most underappreciated culinary regions of them all and, by even glancing across the cuisine of each country — from north to west, to sub-Saharan Africa — you’ll find dramatically different cooking styles, traditions, and ingredients. Not to mention the huge African-American cuisine that has influenced modern cooking across the …

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