With news from Iraq focusing on the enormous political and sectarian problems, it's easy to forget the there's also a rich culture there-with a cuisine.So thanks to Lamees Ibrahim for collecting recipes for many of the country's national dishes in The Iraqi Cookbook. She explains:"Although the book started as a collection of recipes for my children and our guests at various dinner parties, it quickly turned into my way of sharing the Iraq that I know and love with the the world. As is well known, modern Iraq arose from ancient Mesopotamian civilization. Many empires have passed through over the centuries and left their mark on the cuisine, creating links between Iraqi history, culture and food."The Guardian has a number of recipes from the book online here. The Kubbat Mousel (from Mosul, an Iraqi city that's been more famous for other reasons recently) looks especially delicious to me.