From Publishers Weekly
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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About the Author
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.