Best Middle Eastern Cookbooks

middle eastern cookbooks

It seems we can’t turn a corner these days without seeing another Middle Eastern cookbook popping out of the woodwork! And why not? This delicious cuisine is so versatile, with no two recipes ever being the same.
With so many books dedicated to this wonderful food how do you know which book is best book to add to your collection? We’ve rounded up our 10 favourite Middle Eastern cookbooks to make your decision just that little bit easier. Read our guide here!
If you can’t wait to get cooking Middle Eastern food then check out this delicious recipe for lamb shawarma.

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middle eastern cookbooksOlives, Lemons and Za’atar by Rawia Bishara

Taking inspiration from her cosmopolitan childhood growing up in New York City, Rawia Bishara has created a book full of cross-cultural cooking that is perfect for city dwellers wanting to add a little spice to their cooking.

Try Rawia’s Middle eastern comfort food recipe for kofte stew here.

Available on Amazon

middle eastern cookbooksArabesque by Claudia Roden

Claudia Roden is the famous food writer who first introduced us to Middle Eastern cooking back in the 1960’s.

Her later work Arabesque is a more modern compilation of classic recipes and contemporary cooking, making it the definitive guide to this versatile cuisine.

Available on Amazon

middle eastern cookbooksThe Jewelled Kitchen by Bethany Kehdy

Raised in the Lebanon by her gloriously large family, Bethany learned to cook growing up in a Middle Eastern kitchen!

With traditional recipes, beautiful photography and a gorgeous cover, this cookbook is a coffee table staple if we’ve ever seen one.

Try her fresh and delicious grapefruit, radish and beetroot salad here!

Available on Amazon

middle eastern cookbooksSaraban by Greg and Lucy Malouf

The most traditional in their Middle Eastern cookbook collection, Greg and Lucy Malouf’s Saraban is a culinary tour of Persia, looking at both ancient recipes and cooking in modern day Iran.

Available on Amazon

middle eastern cookbooksSnackistan by Sally Butcher

As the name suggests, Snackistan is a collection of delicious snack dishes perfect for creating that Middle Eastern staple mezze.

Choose a selection of recipes to cook up and serve them all together as one big sharing meal. Your family and friends will love it!

Start your mezze off with Sally’s spicy prawn and lentil dish.

Available on Amazon

middle eastern cookbooksCairo Kitchen by Suzanne Zeidy

Suzanna Zeidy’s love of Egyptian food stems from her family’s tradition of rounding up all the extended family and feasting on recipes passed down through generations.

With recipes inspired by street food and traditional cuisine, the book will give you a true taste of Egypt without the airmiles!

Try her zingy Cauliflower salad recipe with fresh olives and dill 

Available on Amazon

middle eastern cookbooksJerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi

Ottolenghi’s restaurants are famed for their innovative flavours and clean cook style, and with this equally pioneering cookbook you can create this famous style of cookery home.

Inspired by the cultural melting pot that is Jerusalem, the cookbook covers all kinds of vibrant recipes from chicken with sweet spiced freekeh to lamb meatballs with barberries and cardamom rice pudding.

Available on Amazon

middle eastern cookbooksPersiana by Sabrina Ghayour

The book everybody is talking about, Persiana by Sabrina Ghayour is a beautiful collection of recipes from the Southern and Eastern shores of the Mediterranean.

With over a 100 recipes done in her simple, modern style, persian food has never looked so good.

Try Sabrina’s incredible garlic and sumac king prawns here.

Available on Amazon

middle eastern cookbooksHoney and Co by Itamar Srulovich

Honey and Co is the incredible London restaurant that brought us some of the best mezze around.

Now, with their wonderful cookbook, all their recipes are in one place, so you can whip up a feast at home.

Make the best hummus ever with Honey and Co’s ultimate recipe.

Available on Amazon

middle eastern cookbooksThe Complete Middle Eastern Cookbook by Tess Mallos

The original Middle Eastern cookbook (as the name suggests) has been completely updated for the modern kitchen.

With straight forward recipes, loads of valuable information and a definitive guide to ingredients this is the best book for beginners.

Available on Amazon

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