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Taste of Beirut: 175+ Delicious Lebanese Recipes from Classics to Contemporary to Mezzes and More by [Accad, Joumana]
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Joumana Accad, creator of the blog, is a native Lebanese, a trained pastry chef, and professional caterer. In her debut cookbook, the The Taste of Beirut, she shares her heritage through exquisite food and anecdotes, teaching anyone from newbies to foodies how to master traditional Lebanese cuisine. With over 150 recipes inspired by her Teta (grandmother) in their family's kitchen, Accad captures the fabulous flavors of the Middle East and makes them completely accessible to home cooks.

Each recipe features step-by-step instructions, Accad's warm teaching style, and breathtaking color photographs that will make mouths water

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 78221 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HCI; 1 edition (2 September 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #149,580 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Like many, I do love browsing through a cookbook but I need more than just recipes. Apart from having food I might like to cook and eat, I want logically sequenced chapters, regional information, little anecdotes, clear instructions and beautiful photographs. Not much to ask for is it?

This little gem has it all, and, as the author is native Lebanese I have faith in its authenticity. I was first introduced to Lebanese food years ago by a friend, he too came from Beirut. He missed his mothers cooking, and after he'd 'phoned home he would, almost tearfully, describe what his mother was preparing for dinner! He couldn't cook, so my introduction was more by way of detailed descriptions of the family dinners he was missing.

No excuses for me now, Joumana Accad makes things easy, this is what she has to say about cooking:

My philosophy about cooking exemplifies what I believe is a common thread for Lebanese culinary artists: striving to reach the highest flavor quotient with the smallest number of basic ingredients. Lebanese cuisine is not for the sophisticate; it is for the person who values conviviality above all else.

My favourite parts of the book are "the dos and donts of Lebanese cooking" which includes a nifty way of always having the essential onions always at the ready. Chapter 5 entitled: Mezzes: Dips, Finger Foods, Salads, and Sides is probably my favourite. Best of all, there's a glossary, this, for me is an essential element of any cookbook, especially one that uses ingredients with unfamiliar names.

Highly recommended

Thanks to NetGalley and HCI books who provided this review copy in return for an honest review
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not so good recipes 5 November 2016
By Octavio Colmenares - Published on
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The author tries to make many of the Lebanese food recipes as simple as possible but in the intent let many important parts behind.
An example is Kesheck, never explains what it is or how it is made.
There are much better books on lebanese cooking.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Taste of Beirut! A gem of a cookbook..... 10 February 2015
By Jahra - Published on
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A beautiful cookbook, with lovely photos. For those of us new to Lebanese cooking, Joumana has included
a Do's and Don't guide of Lebanese cooking. Included is an explanation of many of the ingredients needed.

Recipe directions are concise and well presented with amazing photos of the dishes.
I so far have made the roasted cauliflower and potato sandwich and the Lebanese chicken wings. Both delicious.

Next I am planning to make the Pumpkin kibbeh and Red pepper and walnut dip.

The book has so many favorite recipes and many excellent ones new to me.
This cookbook is a treasure! I hope this author continues to share her love of Lebanese cooking, I have learned a lot
from this wonderful cookbook.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but not great. 11 March 2017
By Retired Couple - Published on
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Expected a book with more basics of Lebanese cooking. Not crazy about some of the recipes and thought some very familiar dishes were excluded, e.g. meat fatire.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great recipes - dishes prepared the authentic Lebanese way 20 November 2016
By Cathy Guichard - Published on
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I have purchased a number of Lebanese recipe books over the past few years in the hope that I might trace back to some of the dishes that my grandmothers used to make and they fell short of my expectations in some ways. However, Joumana Accad's book: Taste of Beirut, took me straight to the recipes that I had been searching for, with well-defined methods and a wonderful storyline. Thank you and Sagtein to those who prepare these delicious meals!
Cathy Guichard
Johannesburg, South Africa
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Lebanese Cuisine 24 May 2016
By Ghada Nadia Chmeissani - Published on
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I love this book and the Lebanese cuisine. This books comes in hard copy, and is truly beautiful inside and out... And the recipes are very refreshing and delicious.- Ghada Nadia Chmeissani