In her debut cookbook, Bethany Kehdy explores the common threads that link the cuisines of the Middle East and North Africa, through family recipes and classic regional dishes. “I like to think of this book as an ode to the treasured dishes of the past, embracing a creative and contemporary approach,” she writes. The result: carefully written, flavor-packed recipes that demand to be cooked.
"Kehdy's cookbook is an inspired collection of classics and innovative dishes from a part of the world which, at the moment, is enjoying its overdue place in the sun. Her contribution and original, thoughtful and delicious. Go get it!"--Yottam Ottolenghi
A Lebanese-American born in Houston, Texas and brought up in Lebanon, she spent countless hours learning to cook with her perfectionist teta (grandmother), her vivacious dad and her spirited aunts. Her recipes are a harmonious balance of classic and contemporary, as she draws upon her childhood roots while adding her own personal twist to these iconic recipes. The cuisines from the Middle East and North Africa share many diverse influences and gorgeous key ingredients and spices, such as pomegranates, figs, pine nuts, saffron and sumac. Passionate about food and her heritage, this former Miss Lebanon showcases the sheer brilliance of the dishes of the Levant. Try a fragrant Fish Tagine with Preserved Lemons with Moroccan flavours; fiery Lamb Shanks with Butterbeans and Tomatoes from Lebanon; or delicately spiced Chicken, Walnuts and Pomegranate Stew with its Persian influences.