The Levantine Vegetarian Review

The Levantine Vegetarian Review
By The Cooking World, Editorial Staff
May 30, 2024

The Levantine Vegetarian: Recipes from the Middle East

Phaidon's latest offering, The Levantine Vegetarian: Recipes from the Middle East by Salma Hage, is a stunning tribute to the vibrant vegetarian traditions of the Levant. 

As one of our favorite cookbook authors, Salma brings her James Beard Award-winning expertise and over 50 years of cooking experience to this remarkable collection of plant-based recipes. 

Known for her bestselling books such as The Lebanese Kitchen and The Middle Eastern Vegetarian CookbookSalma continues to captivate with her deep understanding and love for Middle Eastern cuisine.

The Levantine Vegetarian

A Celebration of Levantine Flavors

The Levantine Vegetarian invites readers to explore the rich culinary heritage of a region encompassing Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, and Turkey.

With 140 easy-to-make, uplifting vegetarian recipes, this book captures the essence of Middle Eastern home cooking. Each chapter is thoughtfully organized into categories like Snacks and Small Plates, Salads and Sandwiches, Soups and Stews, Rice and Grains, Vegetables and Breads, Desserts, Drinks, and Spice Blends.

Salma's recipes in The Levantine Vegetarian are a harmonious blend of tradition and innovation. She breathes new life into beloved classics with dishes such as Pea and Za'atar Falafel and Freekeh Tabbouleh. Other recipes, like Halloumi Spring Rolls and Black Lime and Herb Tofu, showcase the evolving culinary landscape of the region.

Each dish tells a story, highlighting its origins and adaptations, and is a testament to Salma's expertise and passion for Levantine cuisine.

The Levantine Vegetarian
Chickpea Pancakes. Photography by Haarala Hamilton (p. 46)

A Visual Feast

The book is beautifully illustrated with stunning photography by Haarala Hamilton, capturing the vibrancy and communal spirit of Middle Eastern dining. These visuals not only enhance the recipes but also celebrate the cultural richness of the Levant.

Phaidon's well-established icons guide readers to recipes that are vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free, quick to prepare, and use five ingredients or fewer.

This inclusivity ensures that The Levantine Vegetarian is accessible to a broad audience, allowing everyone to enjoy the delicious offerings of this book.

The Levantine Vegetarian
Harissa and Lime Aubergines with Crushed Chickpeas. Photography by Haarala Hamilton (p. 174)

Final Thoughts

The Levantine Vegetarian is not an ordinary cookbook; it is a heartfelt homage to the Levant's rich culinary heritage.

Whether you are a seasoned cook or a culinary novice, Salma's passion and deep-rooted knowledge of Middle Eastern cuisine will inspire and delight, bringing the flavors of the Middle East into your home.


The Levantine Vegetarian is a vibrant cookbook showcasing Middle Eastern vegetarian recipes with stunning photography and user-friendly icons. It blends traditional and innovative dishes, celebrating the rich culinary heritage of the Levant, perfect for both seasoned cooks and culinary novices.









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