Three Lebanese Cookbook Authors You Should Know

It’s no secret: Lebanese women are big on hospitality, which in concrete terms means they’re mavens in the kitchen. Inheriting classical recipes from their mamas and grand-mamas, they’ll often add a dash of their special touch to make each dish their own, and their families couldn’t be the more grateful for it. Meet three Lebanese ladies—fascinatingly all Lebanese-Americans—who not only […]

Food Cures for the Horrendous Hangover

Who hasn’t been there before? A grueling work week, letting off a little steam Friday night, one too many pick-me-ups, and a throbbing headache the next morning. How are you going to shake off the vestiges of that hangover? Greasy junk food seems compelling, but ask any nutritionist: alcohol and fatty foods don’t mix well, further promoting dehydration. So what […]

Lebanese Food Adapted Abroad

With growing awareness worldwide about eating healthy and naturally, the Lebanese Mediterranean diet is stealing the spotlight for its abundant use of vegetables, fruits, grains, herbs, and olive oil. As foreign countries strive to imitate our cuisine, however, slight twists and transformations inevitably arise, catering to the local palate. For example, one hummus brand in the US offers the famous […]

When Comfort Food is All You Seek

In the beautifully chaotic, occasionally reckless jungle we live in, a bad day can seem pretty typical. You know the sort: traffic’s a total gridlock, there’s not a parking spot closer than four blocks away, the office coffee pot hasn’t a drop of caffeine elixir remaining in it, and you forgot your sack lunch in the car, left to bake […]

A Dish by Any Other Name…

We Lebanese love to label ourselves as the center of the culinary world. Yes, our Mediterranean diet does the body good, and foreigners swoon over wafts of our delectable food (they really do!). But who knew that some of the dishes we prize and cherish as our own can be found in other countries’ cuisines, almost identical in appearance and […]

Our Favorite Convenience Foods

So Lent’s over. Miraculously, you survived seven long weeks of self-induced deprivation of your favorite indulgence. Now that the season of abstinence is behind us, it’s time to loosen the reins a little bit. We are human after all, and though convenience foods aren’t necessarily good for us, they are devilishly efficient, and time is money! Here’s a survey of […]

Our Favorite Snacks from Childhood

Let’s take a trip down memory lane, shall we? For those of us who grew up in the post-war 90s in Lebanon, we had our fair share of junk food to get us through harsh school days and long rides home in the “autocar.” Back in the day, fast food joints like McDonald’s and Burger King hadn’t yet sprouted, and […]

The Art of the Lebanese Twist

When it comes to the Lebanese claim to fame, it’s arguably our cuisine that puts us on the map. Excelling in the kitchen is second nature to most of us, not only when we’re slaving over rustic dishes. We also get a kick out of adapting foreign foods to our local palates. Sure, we enjoy pizza, burgers, and fries as […]

Five Meals Under 10,000 LBP

It’s the month of January, and understandably you’re strapped for cash. Surviving the season of giving unscathed is impossible, so little remains for mealtimes at the office. Besides, those desiccated pretzels you’ve been feasting on would have found better use stuffing a Christmas stocking than your mouth – enough already! So how far can 10,000 LBP take you in terms of […]