Lebanese & Middle Eastern Cookbooks

If you have read the About page, you will have read that when I started this blog I was an absolute novice to Lebanese and Middle Eastern cooking. These are some of the Lebanese & Middle Eastern Cookbooks I used to get some inspiration for this food blog.

I also follow a few Lebanese & Middle Eastern food blogs which you can find here.

I am keen to learn more about the Lebanese & Middle Eastern cuisine so if you know of a great book that you would like to recommend to me please feel free to contact me via the form or send me an email at maritachicita (at) mydinner.co.uk


Sesame & Spice: Baking from the East End to the Middle East by Anne Shooter

 Finally a middle eastern recipe book dedicated to baking. Strictly speaking it is a book about Jewish baking, so it also includes recipes from European but also some wonderful middle eastern and passover cakes, breads and other savory bakes. My best find for 2015 so far and I am in the process of testing the recipes. Read my full review here.



 Persiana: Recipes from the Middle East & Beyond By Sabrina Ghayour

A Wedding Anniversary present from my husband and it kept us happy for another year. A colorful collection of recipes that I had never heard of before. I have presented some of my favorite recipes in on MyDinner before such as the Feta & Pistachio Dip, the Adana Turkish Meatballs and the Lamb, Prune and Tamarind Stew. It was the my first insight into Persian cooking and now I am hooked.


Comptoir Libanais: By Tony Kitous

Comptoir Libanais is a very popular Libanese Canteen here in England. Unfortunatley I have never been there; but I have the cookbook so I can tell you with confidence it will be good. This book is great for a novice in Lebanese cooking. The instructions are easy to follow; and the ingrients not too difficult to find here in the UK. You will have seen a few recipes here that were inspired by the book like the Salmon with Pomegranate Glaze, the Lebanese Spiced Butternut Squash Soup or the Pita Bread recipe.


Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi &  Sami Tamimi

Now here is a book I wished I had spent a little bit more time with. This book came out the same year me & my husband went to visit Jerusalem. And what an impression it made on us. The recipes embody the multicultural and flavorsome society we met in Israel. I have not cooked as much as I wanted from this book but the Pearl Barley Risotto with Tomatoes, Spinach and Feta left me with extra appetite to try more.


Orient Express by Silvena Rowe 

 A great book that concentrates on small dishes from Istanbul & Damascus. Not all the recipes have pictures which some of you do not like. I love the recipes because they are especially light and fresh tasting; and stand out due to their simplicity. Recipes that have been tested in this blog include Zaartar and Chilli Spiced Chicken and the Caramelised Fennel Bean Salad.

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