A historical crossroads in Central Asia, Uzbekistan and its cuisine reflect the range of nationalities that form the country and continue to flourish there. The ingredients in many Uzbek dishes include grape leaves from the Middle East, noodles from China, the meat pies of India and soups and cakes from Russia. Uzbekistan's markets are laden with a colourful and dazzling array of powdered spices such as cumin and red pepper, dried fruits and nuts, fragrant melons, and traditional, golden flatbreads. This collection of some 175 authentic Uzbek recipes includes chapters on salads and appetisers; soups; meat, poultry and fish main courses; vegetables; plovs (pilafs); noodles, dumplings, stuffed pies and pancakes; breads; desserts; and drinks. Highlights include White Cheese Salad, Mung Bean and Rice Soup, Steamed Beef Stew, Lamb Plov, and Walnut Stuffed Quinces. This unique book provides an introduction to a little known and exciting cuisine through recipes tested and adapted for American kitchens.