Hi all! I made these for dinner last week. They were easy and delicious. I used ground beef instead of lamb. We don't eat a lot of lamb and I didn't want to make a grocery store run for a 1/4 lb. of meat. If you want to try this, you can watch the video here. Both Jeffrey and Naomi look so young. I guess I did too back then.
I admit the video made me a little nostalgic. Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid, along with Nancy Silverman introduced me to bread baking. I bought their Flatbreads & Flavors way back in 1995, when it first came out. It's as much a travelogue as it is a cookbook. It includes recipes from all over the world, but used (mostly) everyday ingredients. It's the result of years of traveling all over the globe. It provides a glimpse of home cooking in lots of different regions. In contrast, Nancy Silverton's Breads from La Brea Bakery (published in 1996) is a personal book about one baker's current repertoire of recipes. I make Ms. Silverton's sourdough bagels every few weeks and there's still plenty to learn from her detailed bread recipes. But, I hadn't picked up Flatbreads & Flavors in a while, but this recipe drove me back to it. I'd forgotten about Oasis Peppers and the Afghan Snowshoe Naan. I hadn't forgotten about the lovely essays that are sprinkled throughout the book. They detail the couple's travels and give you context for most of the bread recipes. It's funny to think that westerners could travel so freely just a few years ago. The world seemed friendlier back then.
If you haven't heard of Alford and Duguid before, you should check out their books. Their book Hot Sour Salty Sweet is an amazing trip through Southeast Asia, but there are others as well.