The Palestinian Table

Authentic modern Middle Eastern home cooking – 150 delicious, easy-to-follow recipes inspired by three generations of family tradition.

While interest in Middle Eastern cuisines has blossomed, the nuances and subtleties of Palestinian food are still relatively unexplored. In The Palestinian Table, Reem Kassis weaves a tapestry of personal anecdotes, local traditions, and historical context, sharing with home cooks her collection of nearly 150 delicious, easy-to-follow recipes that range from simple breakfasts and quick-to-prepare salads to celebratory dishes fit for a feast – giving rare insight into the heart of the Palestinian family kitchen.

Reem Kassis is a cook and a writer. Her love of food stems from an upbringing in a family revered for its cooks. From a very young age, she spent weekends in her grandmothers’, mother’s, and aunts’ kitchens observing, learning, and soaking up everything there was to know about Palestinian cooking.

“Three generations of family tradition are tapped into by Reem Kassis for her collection of 150 recipes and anecdotes from the Middle East.” —Centurion

“With The Palestinian Table, Reem Kassis gracefully demonstrates the power of food to transcend the political divisions that are, too often, all we know of a place like Palestine. Reading and cooking from this essential book – a thoughtful collection of great recipes, historical and cultural insights, and beautiful photographs – will move you closer to understanding this complex, fascinating part of the world.”—Anthony Bourdain

“We’ve had other Palestinian cookbooks, but this book is unique and physically amazing. It’s like a treasure trove of memories, hopes, and wishes, and an offering into the heart of the Palestinian culture.” —Liza Gozashti, co-owner of Brookline Booksmith

“Reem’s cookbook is a joyful celebration of traditional Palestinian cooking written with so much love, integrity and context. A must have for the recipes as well as the writing and story-telling.”—Bethany Kehdy, author of The Jewelled Kitchen, founder of Food Blogger Connect

“A beautiful celebration of Palestinian home cooking and an important contribution to the conservation of Palestine’s culinary heritage.” —Yasmin Khan, author of Saffron Tales

“Your mouth will water as mine does reading Reem?s succulent Palestinian recipes and the people and places that have shaped them! I feel a great debt of gratitude to Reem for giving us this glorious invitation to taste the flavors of The Palestinian Table ? this is a table that is akin to other food ways of the Middle East (we’re like beloved cousins!), but as we from these cultures know well, each has its own distinctions that are such a pleasure to explore and enjoy. I can?t wait to get into the kitchen and bring Reem?s delicious world into my own.”—Maureen Abood, author of Rose Water & Orange Blossoms: Fresh and Classic Recipes from My Lebanese Kitchen

“Palestinian cuisine… which for decades has been relegated to tourist traps and quick-fare family restaurants, is having its moment.” —The New York Times

“Palestinians do not often have the opportunity to show off their cuisine.” —Financial Times

“Conjure up the exotic flavours of the Levant at home… Food transcends political divides, bringing people together and nourishing the soul. The same can be said of this exquisite home-cooking digest… With stunning photographs and personal memories, this is a ravishing culinary journey.” —The Lady

“Beautifully photographed recipes from a family kitchen.” —Sainsbury’s Magazine

A few notes on using the book
• How we cook
• How we eat
• The importance of good ingredients
• EquipmentRecipe chapters
The basics
Breads and pastries
Dips and small bites
Salads, sides and vegetables
Soups and stews
Bakes and braises
Rice and grains
Celebration dishes
Desserts and sweet treats
Preserves, condiments and drinks
Suggested menus
The Pantry