1. Learning to Love a Malaka.
"Nice lamb" as in lamb braised as they might braise it in the Franco-Italian city of Nice. The classic meat for Niçois braising is in fact beef, and a classic way of using the leftovers is to chop them up with a leafy vegetable like Swiss chard and turn them into ravioli.
The more you know.
Alexander McNabb's hot adventure "A Decent Bomber" for a change wasn't set in the Arab world, but managed, in its Irish venue, to tie back to the region he's used as a backdrop for earlier novels.
Sweet and salty -- delicious!