The Lebanese Cookbook Review

The Lebanese Cookbook Review
By The Cooking World, Editorial Staff
October 7, 2019

The Definitive Book on Lebanese Home Cooking

Last week, we travel throughout Turkey through the pages of The Turkish Cookbook. This time, we will go down a little farther to one of the countries with one of the most redefined cuisines of the Middle East – Lebanon. So for this week, cookbook review, we bring you The Lebanese Cookbook.

This book is the definitive guide on Lebanese Cuisine by James Beard award-winning author Salma Hage. That brings together hundreds of diverse dishes, from light, tempting mezzes and salads, to hearty main courses, grilled meats, sumptuous sweets, and refreshing drinks.

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The Lebanese Cookbook

Family Style Lebanese Recipes

The Lebanese Cookbook is an incredible collection of 500 authentic and delicious easy-to-make recipes, that will make you travel throughout Lebanon. In this book, you find all types of different recipes. Ranging from family meals, from meat, fish, and poultry dishes to a wealth of vegetable-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free options.

One of the things we really like about this book is the diversity and authenticity of recipes. Here you find hundreds of fresh, flavorful recipes from across the Middle Eastern country. Throughout The Lebanese Cookbook, you´ll find hallmarks of Lebanese cuisine. Savory spices, whole grains, and pomegranate are just a few hallmarks you will find in this book.

If you know Lebanese cuisine you will know that this book is the real deal. From the recipes we try, we can tell you that they are really delicious and authentic. You have to try Baba Ganoush, Falafel, Lamb Koftas, and of course the famous sweet Baklava.

In terms of photography, this book as better photos than The Turkish Cookbook, despite having the same problem. The lack of images, especially in less well-known recipes, it is something that we really miss. But besides this, The Lebanese Cookbook is another book that we really like to use in our kitchen.  

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Various mezze and other dishes: Photography by Toby Glanville

At The End of The Lebanese Cookbook Review

The Lebanese Cookbook is another great international culinary bible from Phaidon, that we believe that should be in every kitchen around the world. In our opinion, international bibles like this one, are one of the best ways to keep culinary traditions alive. This is the best way to bring our ancestors traditions into the modern world.


The Lebanese Cookbook brings Middle East traditions into our homes. With more than 500 easy-to-make recipes everyone will be able to taste authentic Lebanese cuisine.









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