By Habeeb Salloum
The vegetarian food of the center East and North Africa is a treasure chest of smelly herbs and spices, fragrant stews and soups, chewy falafels and breads, couscous, filled grape leaves, vegetables and greens, hummus, pizzas, pies, omelets, pastries and candies, delicate yogurt beverages, and powerful coffees.
Originally the nutrients of peasants too bad for meat, vegetarian cooking within the heart East built over hundreds of thousands of years right into a culinary paintings shape prompted either through alternate and invasion. it truly is as wealthy and sundry in its historical past because it is in taste culinary historians estimate the Arab kitchen has over 40,000 dishes! Now famous nutrients author Habeeb Salloum has culled 330 savory jewels from this endless storehouse to create vintage Vegetarian Cooking from the center East a wealthy, healthy, and cost-efficient advent to flavors and aromas that experience stood the attempt of time.
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