Category Archives: Cookbook review

Rami Zurayk (From ‘Akkar to ‘Amel)

  Rami Zurayk is an agronomist and food personality  I had wanted to meet  for a long time. He is the author of several food and agriculture-related books, a graduate of Oxford and professor (and Department Chair) at the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Science at the American University of Beirut, specializing in ecosystems management. He is […]

Iraqi cuisine (Al-tabekh al-3iraki), a giveaway

This book on Iraqi cuisine is the result of a job assignment I took on last year in Beirut; the publisher’s well-known cooking book (Alef baa’ al-tabekh) became a best-seller (for years) and is an encyclopedic cookbook on  Lebanese cuisine. Incidentally, I met the author (co-author with her mom) of that book and she told […]

The Jewelled Kitchen by Bethany Kehdy

  I discovered Bethany’s blog a few years ago and was impressed by the stylish designs and gorgeous photography. This Spring, I even met Beth in person with her team who tagged along; we had lunch in Beirut at one of these Ottoman-era houses converted into a funky coffee shop and talked about her recent […]

Mouneh by Barbara Abdeni Massaad

  I first got wind of Barbara Abdeni Massaad’s work a few years back on my usual Summer trip to Lebanon. A large coffee table book was prominently displayed on the shelf with the title Man’oushé. I remember feeling elated that someone would actually build an entire book over our humble and beloved breakfast flatbread.  […]

Délices des Mille et Une Nuits (Kamal Mouzawak)

  This is a unique cookbook. Designed around the story of The Thousand and One Nights, this book is a work of art created by Kamal Mouzawak, written by  Malek Chebel and illustrated by Anne-Lise Boutin.  Kamal’s contribution to the book is a special collection of recipes. Each recipe conjures visions of the famed Bagdad […]