The Lebanese Cookbook

The definitive book on Lebanese home cooking, featuring 500 authentic and delicious easy-to-make recipes

On the shores of the eastern Mediterranean and a gateway to the Middle East, Lebanon has long been regarded as having one of the most refined cuisines in the region, blending textures, and ingredients from a myriad of sources.

This definitive guide by James Beard award-winning author Salma Hage, brings together hundreds of diverse dishes, from light, tempting mezzes and salads, to hearty main courses, grilled meats, sumptuous sweets, and refreshing drinks.

Recipes range from the familiar to fresh discoveries, and from meat, fish, and poultry dishes to a wealth of vegetable-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free options.

Bestselling author Salma Hage is from Mazarat Tiffah (Apple Hamlet) in the mountains of the Kadisha Valley in north Lebanon. She has over 50 years of experience of family cooking – learning to cook from her mother, mother-in-law, and sisters-in-law, while helping to raise her nine brothers and two sisters. Hage is also the author of Phaidon’s James Beard award-winning The Middle Eastern Vegetarian Cookbook and The Mezze Cookbook.

“An absolute masterpiece… Will send the taste buds on a far away adventure. Produced to an incredibly high standard, this is another must have for all cookery book addicts.”—Haverhill Echo

“If you have room on your bookshelf for only one Lebanese cookbook, this is a strong contender. Aiming to be the definitive guide to Lebanese cooking, The Lebanese Cookbook includes hundreds of fresh, flavorful recipes from across the Middle Eastern country. Throughout, you’ll find hallmarks of Lebanese cuisine like fresh produce and herbs, savory spices, whole grains, olive oil, nuts and seeds, pomegranate, orange, and rose.”—

“Extraordinary… Sensational rural Lebanese cooking.”—The Times

“Uncompromising in its fidelity to the way things are done in The Lebanese Cookbook… You can’t fault the comprehensiveness of this book.”—Evening Standard

“A survey of a fascinating and nourishing food culture… In the tradition of publisher Phaidon’s in-depth books on national food… Looks beautiful with a great range.”—Metro

“500 straightforward recipes covering every aspect of her native cuisine.”—Publishers Weekly

“Hage’s food is solid and satisfying.”—The Washington Post

“…Will warm your heart and your stomach.”—

“Whether it’s salads, meats or drinks, you’ll find your new favourite dish right here. Have a friend with dietary restrictions? Not a problem – the cookbook includes a treasure trove of vegetarian, dairy-free, and gluten-free dishes.”—Bookriot