Bayrut: The Cookbook

Recipes from the heart of a Lebanese city kitchen
By Hisham Assaad


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About Bayrut: The Cookbook

Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, is an exhilarating, chaotic city with a tumultuous past yet a thriving, vibrant culinary reputation.

Perfectly poised between the Middle East and the Mediterranean, Lebanese cuisine is hugely popular — famed for its varied and flavourful regional dishes that emphasize whole grains, fresh fruits, vegetables and seafood.

Beirut’s ever-changing, often turbulent, heritage means that its food has evolved an exciting character of its own. In this book, Hisham Assaad shows you the best the city has to offer, with accessible, delicious recipes, ranging from the classics to more modern fare. He tells the story of a city with energy and diversity, of multiple cultures and traditions, with ever-popular street food, a thriving restaurant and café scene, and traditional family favourites handed down through generations. Create lavish breakfast spreads, traditional Sunday feasts, fresh and vibrant salads, easy and nutritious dinners, or even an afternoon tea with perfumed sweets and delicacies.

With stunning photography, this book will transport you to the cultural melting pot that is Beirut — a city rightly famed for its incredible food.

Book details

Publication date
November 2021 (Australia/NZ)
October 2021 (US)
October 2021 (UK)
254 mm × 203 mm
224 pages

About the author

Hisham Assaad is a Lebanese food stylist, graphic designer, photographer and culinary tour guide, based in Beirut. He is also the author of the blog cookin5m², in which he shares recipes from his compact city kitchen.