Hi! Marhaba! ça va? I am Joumana Accad and was born and raised in Beirut. I completed high school in France and moved to the US in 1979. I am the mother of two grown children and a former school teacher, pastry chef, caterer and translator. Taste of Beirut started as a blog in 2009 and its main purpose was to share my beloved Lebanese heritage with the world through recipes, anecdotes, and cultural tidbits. It was also a testament of gratitude to my téta (grandmother), Sitt Nabiha (Aftimos) Zabbat, a native of Deir el-Qamar in the Chouf Mountains, who delicately handcrafted the most incredible dishes and gave of herself selflessly her entire life. I have tried to emulate her while raising my children in the US with the food of my native country. The more than 1,200 recipes, 45 YouTube videos, and 4000 images answer this dilemma: What is the best way to recreate these traditional morsels within our modern time constraints? With a few sprinkles of stories and historical trivia, I have creatively interpreted classic dishes while remaining faithful to the original ingredients and techniques. Taste of Beirut is a window into the Eastern Mediterranean, where Lebanese food mingles with Turkish, Syrian, Persian, Iraqi, and Egyptian among a score of other flavors.
I personally curate the original content of Taste of Beirut as well as style and photograph each and every image.
A Taste of Beirut cookbook was published in September 2014, with Health Communications, Inc. The cookbook has been very well received, with over 95 reviews (mainly 5 stars) and is available online to order or in bookstores (in Lebanon only)
I have worked both in the United States and in Lebanon as a food stylist, recipe developer, menu consultant, and cooking instructor. I have a large inventory of styled, copyrighted food images available if needed for licensing.
I am interested in styling food for corporate clients and in brand sponsorships. Contact me by e-mail at email@example.com or on social media.
Learn how to bring Lebanese tastes and techniques to your kitchen! Throughout the book, Joumana gives life to the rich, complex, and delicious flavors of the Middle East, teaching anyone from newbies to foodies how to master traditional Mediterranean cuisine. Inside, you will find:
-Simple cooking tips and tricks
-Genuine Lebanese anecdotes
-How to cook Lebanese
-How to keep it vegan
-And a whole lot more!