This cookbook is a delight. The structure and graphics are beautiful and the images are excellent and actually seize all there’s to like about my native metropolis. Hisham Assaad did an impressive job with this work, one which I take into account to be Artwork via and thru. Leafing via the pages, I discovered myself catapulted again in Beirut. The pictures peppered all through the guide I’ve seen repeatedly and a few of them have been so acquainted! Hisham Assaad has a nice photographer’s eye and his pictures ship the essence of this metropolis and its individuals.
The recipes are additionally judiciously picked. Largely classics however approachable for the novice; Hisham has additionally thrown in a few of his personal, which I discovered alluring, such because the octopus with moghrabieh or the vegetarian shish barak with spinach. By the way, my good friend Rudy in Dallas had picked certainly one of Hisham’s recipes from the guide serendipitously earlier than we have been to fulfill in Austin, and made it for us when he visited. Yummy!
What I additionally liked about this guide is that it’s such a cohesive work. The structure and guide design, the meals styling, the placement pictures, all of it really works harmoniously to mirror the attraction and attract of Beirut. I can’t think about a greater guide showcasing my metropolis.
The above is a scrumptious tackle the traditional labneh, which merely mixes in some contemporary diced veggies. One chew of yummy goodness!
The traditional kibbeh in a pie pan.
Spinach-filled dumplings are baked and served with a garlicky yogurt sauce with the non-compulsory rice on the aspect. Delicious!
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