Over 90 Delicious Appetizers from Greece, Lebanon, and Turkey
Maria Khalifé; photography by Stuart West
published 2008 • 8½" x 10½" • 128 pages • full-color photos
ISBN 9781566567138 • hardback • $24.95 •
“Khalife, founder and owner of the first food channel in the Arab world, Soufra Daimeh Food Network, and author of more than 70 cookbooks, puts her considerable experience to work in this winning collection of over 90 recipes for Mediterranean-style starters. With most dishes calling for just a handful of ingredients, even inexperienced cooks will be able to prepare appetizers such as the Lebanese Potatoes in Oil and Lemon Dressing, Beirut-Style Chickpea Dip, Walnut Dip and basic salads in a matter of minutes. More confident cooks will want to try their hand at one of the many croquette recipes scattered throughout the book, with fillings such as split peas, zucchini, and beef and nuts as well as heartier fare such as her many stuffed pastries. Mussels stuffed with an exotic mix of rice, currants, pine nuts and a bevy of spices is sure to satisfy, as are more familiar dishes such as Dolmades (stuffed grape leaves) and marinated lamb shish kebabs. There are enough simple, flavor-packed dishes for just about any appetite or gathering, giving cooks plenty of tasty ways to expand their palates without breaking the bank or spending an entire day in the kitchen.”
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Winner of Gourmand Cookbook Awards 2008 — Best Food Book for Professionals, USA
A typical Middle Eastern meal starts with mezze. A selection of deliciously healthy and mouthwatering bites is offered as a taster before the main course to tempt and tantalize the taste buds. Mezze Modern includes a variety of cold and hot mezze, salads and pastries from Greece, Turkey and Lebanon. Stuffed vine leaves, hot chili tahini dip, stuffed mussels, moussaka, parsley salad and kebab in pastry are just some of the succulent dishes devised by outstanding cookbook author Maria Khalifé. The dishes are presented in a contemporary way, with readily available ingredients to make these dishes fun and easy to cook and eat!
● Over 90 tasty mezze recipes from Greece, Lebanon and Turkey
● Recipes for hot and cold mezze, salads and pastries
● Delicious food, perfect for sharing with friends and family
Maria Khalifé is the founder and owner of Soufra Daimeh Food Network. With 70 best-selling cookbooks and 2,000 episodes of her popular cooking program under her belt, she is an expert on Middle Eastern and international culinary delights. Maria is passionate about good food and is responsible for starting the first private cooking school in Lebanon, offering a variety of local and international cooking courses taught by talented chefs and authors. She is also an instructor at the Graduate Hotel Management School and the author of the bestselling The Middle Eastern Cookbook, also published by Interlink.
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"Hot and cold Middle Eastern appetizers to savor... The mezze concept got its start several hundred years ago in the Middle East. Men would get home from a hard day of labor and sit outside their houses with friends and neighbors enjoying drinks and some small, tasty dishes that the wives had pre-prepared. Then the women would go back in to start working on the main meal! Nice for the guys, but a little tough on the cooks. Anyway, these days, mezze are served inside and are more like appetizers, although they could even be served as a meal. They're hot, cold, take the form of a salad and can even be a sweet. Greece, Turkey and Lebanon are rich sources of mezze recipes, and Maria Khalife's new book, Mezze Modern includes recipes from all these countries. Relying on herbs such as cilantro and mint, cheeses such as feta and kasseri, and vegetables like fava beans and chicory, Middle Eastern mezze taste healthy, are gorgeous to look at and are pretty easy to make."
-- New York Daily News
“To the eastern Mediterranean we find "Mezze Modern" offering small plates and dishes perfectly fit for entertaining. Founder of the first television food show in the Arab world, Maria Khalife is a prolific cookbook author and by all rights a celebrity chef in the Middle Eastern world. ...Khalife’s latest effort fully explores the concept of ‘mezze,’ or casually sharing any number of small tasty dishes before sitting down to the main evening meal.”
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