The Middle Eastern Vegetarian Cookbook

The Middle Eastern Vegetarian Cookbook

Book - 2016
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2017 James Beard Foundation Book Awards Winner: Vegetable Cooking

A collection of vegetarian dishes influenced by Middle Eastern flavors from Salma Hage, author of the bestselling classic, The Lebanese Kitchen, also published by Phaidon.

A definitive, fresh and approachable collection of 150 traditional recipes from an authoritative voice on Middle Eastern home cooking, Salma Hage's new book is in line with the current Western trends of consciously reducing meat, and the ancient Middle Eastern culture of largely vegetarian, mezze style dining.

Traditionally, the Middle Eastern diet consisted largely of vegetables, fruits, herbs, spices, pulses, grains and legumes. Salma simplifies this fast becoming popular cuisine with easily achievable recipes, many with vegan and gluten-free options.

Drawing inspiration from ancient and prized Phoenician ingredients, from grassy olive oil to fresh figs and rich dates, this book offers an array of delicious breakfasts and drinks, mezze and salads, vegetables and pulses, grains and desserts. Salma shows how to easily make the most of familiar everyday fruits and legumes, as well as more exotic ingredients now widely available outside of the Middle East, with nourishing recipes so flavourful and satisfying they are suitable for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.

Publisher: London : Phaidon Press Limited, 2016.
ISBN: 9780714871301
Branch Call Number: 641.56360956 Hag
Characteristics: 272 pages : colour illustrations ; 26 cm


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May 15, 2018

I enjoyed this book and wrote down several recipes. In some recipes the author substituted a well known ingredient like bulgur for quinoa and created something new with a minor twist. In other cases the author provided several recipes for a certain type of dish (several recipes for falafel or for stuffed grape leaves for example). In normal middle east cookbooks most of these variations are suppressed in favor of meat dishes. I also liked the fact that this book did not try to emulate "meat" dishes by resorting to the list of unusual vegan/vegetarian substitutes found in other vegan/vegetarian cooking books.

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