Title: Taste of Beirut: 175+ Delicious Lebanese Recipes from Classics to Contemporary to Mezzes and More
Author: Joumana Accad
Pub. Date: September 2nd 2014
Source: Netgalley & Health Communications
Book Description via Goodreads:
As I'm sure a lot of you know by now, I am always looking to broaden my cooking horizons. I honestly know next to nothing about Lebanese food, other then the family of a girl I went to high school with own a Lebanese restaurant. This book was a great introduction to the cuisine, and I'll be using a lot of the recipes from this book in the future.
It's easily navigated, as it's sorted by course. I was really surprised (in a good way) how short but concise the recipes were. Accad gives clear, step by step instructions, but very rarely was there a recipe that was longer than one page. This worked out great for me because it allowed more room for pictures, which are a "must have" for me when buying a cookbook. On top of that, the photographs are visually appealing. It definitely made me more excited to try these recipes out.
I appreciated that the author gave tips on how to change recipes when needed, and offered a lot of varieties to some dishes. This was a bit redundant at times, but it was no doubt useful. My only concern is that there are quite a few ingredients I don't think are offered by me- but that's where the variants come in handy. There are a wide range of dishes in this book, so that meat lovers and vegetarians alike can benefit from having this book.
The three dishes that I am most excited to try are Shrimp in a Pineapple Boat, Breaded Scallops with Mango Sauce, and Pomegranate & Milk Pudding.
I recommend this book to anyone interested in spicing up their repertoire, regardless of skill level or dietary restrictions. It's approachable and well detailed so that any home cook can learn a thing or two. Thanks to Netgalley & Health Communications for my copy in exchange for my honest review.