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A celebration of perhaps our finest food writer. But how to pick just 20 recipes from a stellar career of more than 50 years. Some choose themselves: definitive chicken soup from The Book of Jewish Food; essential orange and almond cake from A New Book of Middle Eastern Food. But here, too, are apple latkes, tarte pissaladière, roast chicken with couscous, raisin and almonds. There’s white haricot beans with clams from Spain, fish soup with saffron from the south of France, kofte kebab from Turkey. Even a perfect lemon tart from her latest book, Med. Just a taster from the wondrous world of Claudia Roden.

The stuffing has equal star billing with the chicken here

Chicken soup. Photograph: Romas Foord/The Observer

This classic, comforting soup is at the heart of any traditional Jewish meal

Pan-cooked fish with chermoula
Pan-cooked fish with chermoula. Photograph: Romas Foord/The Observer

The hot, spicy marinade is perfect with every kind of fish – fried, baked, grilled

Vegetable couscous
Vegetable couscous. Photograph: Susan Bell

A classic vegetable dish given extra zing by a spicy Moroccan “jam”

Chicken and onion ‘pies’ with Moroccan flavours
Chicken and onion ‘pies’ with Moroccan flavours. Photograph: Susan Bell

A take on b’stilla, the Moroccan pigeon pie, using chicken and puff pastry

Potatoes with chorizo
Potatoes with chorizo. Photograph: Romas Foord/The Observer

This comforting dish is the taste of Spain’s Rioja region in a pan

Kofte kebab with tomato sauce and yoghurt
Kofte kebab with tomato sauce and yoghurt. Photograph: Romas Foord/The Observer

A Turkish classic – well worth the effort of assembling

Birds’ tongues – an Egyptian lamb stew with orzo pasta
Birds’ tongues. Photograph: Romas Foord/The Observer

An Egyptian lamb stew with Italian orzo pasta

Roast belly of pork with baked apples
Roast belly of pork with baked apples. Photograph: Jason Lowe

Asturias, in the north of Spain, is the inspiration for this twist on a classic roast

Fish soup with saffron and cream
Fish soup with saffron and cream. Photograph: Romas Foord/The Observer

Saffron adds a touch of luxury to this southern French dish

Red pepper and tomato salad
Red pepper and tomato salad. Photograph: Susan Bell

Adding boiled lemon gives this salad extra oomph

White haricot beans with clams
White haricot beans with clams. Photograph: Jason Lowe

A taste of the Atlantic in this Cantabrian seafood dish

Aubergine fritters with honey
Aubergine fritters with honey. Photograph: Romas Foord/The Observer

A sweet and savoury treat from Córdoba

Pasta with black olive paste
Pasta with black olive paste. Photograph: Jason Lowe

As this dish is strong in flavour it works best as a starter

Tarte pissaladière
Tarte pissaladière. Photograph: Susan Bell

An irresistible tart, sweet with onions and salty with anchovies

Konafa – a Middle Eastern pastry-cake
Konafa. Photograph: Romas Foord/The Observer

A versatile Middle Eastern pastry that can have a variety of fillings

Apple latkes
Apple latkes. Photograph: Romas Foord/The Observer

A French version, from Alsace, made with apples macerated in brandy

Lemon tart
Lemon tart. Photograph: Susan Bell

An intensely lemony dessert cooked to a Parisian recipe

Honey loaf cake
Honey cake. Photograph: Romas Foord/The Observer

A beautiful cake with a long history

Orange and almond cake
Orange and almond cake. Photograph: Jean Cazals/The Observer

A delicious treat with Mediterranean/Middle Eastern origins

Some recipes have been updated by the author

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