My Lebanese Cookbook Review

My Lebanese Cookbook Review

Title: My Lebanese Cookbook: 80+ Family Favorites Made Simple
Author: Tarik Fallous
Published: March 31, 2020, Rockridge Press
No. of Pages: 158
Cover Price: $15.99 Paperback, $6.99 Kindle

Lebanese food is a mystery to most of us, but Tarik Fallous, restaurateur and chef has given us the tools to learn how to make delicious Lebanese food at home in My Lebanese Cookbook. In the book he explains ingredients, spices, and techniques that make for mouthwatering dishes that are easily made at home.

The book is very well-written, and there are explanations that make the dishes enticing. It is difficult to choose which dish to make next, and there are enough good dishes to keep an ambitious cook who wants to master this ethnic food busy for at least a month or so. Of course the cookbook includes traditional dishes that have become popular such as Hummus, Baba Ghanoush, and Kibbe, but Fallous has also included not-so-well-known foods that are worth making. Not only are there great appetizer dishes, there are healthy and delicious salads, soups, main dishes, and desserts using Middle Eastern ingredients. Some spice mixes are hard to find, but Fallous has included recipes for making them at home, which, since fresh spices are used, are most likely much better than those sold in stores. The Fried Fish with Caramelized Onions and Rice is delicious, as well as Zucchini and Chickpea Stew and Shish Tawook which is fabulous served with freshly baked pita and garlic sauce. The most popular Middle Eastern sauces are included also.

The only drawback to the book is that there are only a few photographs – these are beautiful, but the book needs to have more. Cooks like to see what the finished dish looks like, and more photos would really enhance the book. Nevertheless, the recipes and prose in this cookbook are very good, and it would make a good addition to a cookbook collection.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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