The Taste of Egypt - Cookbook Giveaway

The Taste of Egypt: Home Cooking from the Middle East by Dyna Eldaief delivers the sophisticated colors and flavors of Egyptian and Middle Eastern cuisine to the modern home kitchen in unpretentious, down-to-earth style. I previously reviewed this title for TasteBook where we shared a the Syrup-Drenched Donuts that you can try now.

Please be sure to read our author interview to learn more about Dyna's life and her plans for a second cookbook.

We are pleased to offer four copies of The Taste of Egypt to our EYB Members worldwide (two winners will be non-US members). One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post:

What is your favorite Middle Eastern dish to cook or to enjoy?

Please note that you must be logged into the Rafflecopter contest before posting or your entry won't be counted. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends January 31st, 2017. 

Be sure to check your email spam folders for email notifications or check back on this post on the 31st for the names of the winners.



  • markus_mihael  on  12/28/2016 at 3:49 PM

    Great to see a new cookbook about Egyptian cuisine with a down to earth language and realistic not an orientalist approach.

  • markus_mihael  on  12/28/2016 at 3:52 PM

    Favourite dish is Moussaka (Mesa'aa)

  • Titch  on  12/28/2016 at 3:56 PM

    I don't have one so will be watching the replies to give me ideas :) x

  • eliza  on  12/28/2016 at 4:18 PM

    Shakshuka is a favourite.

  • hdh74  on  12/28/2016 at 4:26 PM

    Morrocon baked chicken with chickpeas and rice

  • farqualar  on  12/28/2016 at 4:42 PM

    Lamb and aubergine stew

  • MrRichTea  on  12/28/2016 at 5:02 PM

    I love Moussaka :)

  • GillB  on  12/28/2016 at 5:41 PM

    Love cooking with aubergines and experimenting with recipes containing this ingredient

  • jlemoine  on  12/28/2016 at 5:43 PM

    Chicken shawarma.

  • verorenee  on  12/28/2016 at 6:14 PM

    I have no idea! I wish I had one to share, hopefully soon I will!

  • hillsboroks  on  12/28/2016 at 7:05 PM

    Anything with lamb is delicious!

  • PennyG  on  12/28/2016 at 8:24 PM


  • TrishaCP  on  12/28/2016 at 8:51 PM


  • kaivulagi  on  12/28/2016 at 9:36 PM

    My favourite is ful medames for breakfast

  • kaivulagi  on  12/28/2016 at 9:37 PM

    My favourite is ful medames for breakfast

  • sgump  on  12/28/2016 at 9:41 PM

    I'm a fan of kushari: rice, lentils, and pasta with fried onions on top. Comforting and filling!

  • lorloff  on  12/28/2016 at 10:44 PM


  •  on  12/28/2016 at 11:23 PM

    Baba ganoush.

  • Astrid5555  on  12/29/2016 at 1:26 AM

    Definitely Shakshuka!

  • camtncook  on  12/29/2016 at 8:05 AM


  • lhudson  on  12/29/2016 at 8:06 AM

    I don't know anything about Middle Eastern food but would love to learn.

  • vickster  on  12/29/2016 at 9:29 AM

    Ful Madamas

  • meggan  on  12/29/2016 at 10:33 AM


  • Rinshin  on  12/29/2016 at 1:02 PM

    I don't know what foods represent Egypt only but would like to learn

  • thecharlah  on  12/29/2016 at 8:34 PM

    I love a good shawarma!

  • jezpurr  on  12/29/2016 at 11:03 PM

    Not sure, but I love alot of the food!!!^_^

  • gjelizabeth  on  12/29/2016 at 11:32 PM

    I love dates.

  • akrupnick  on  12/29/2016 at 11:39 PM

    Khataifi - great and unusual potluck dish

  • kate  on  12/30/2016 at 6:18 AM

    Ful medames--yum!

  • Siegal  on  12/30/2016 at 8:57 AM

    I live shakshuka

  • Katiefayhutson  on  12/30/2016 at 9:13 PM

    Shawarma, hummus, and anything with lamb.

  • t.t  on  12/30/2016 at 10:23 PM

    I don't think I can pick a favorite (I'm obsessed with Middle Eastern food right now), but most recently I've been trying to reproduce m'hajeb.

  • JanScholl  on  12/31/2016 at 12:18 AM

    I love foul!

  • tigger  on  12/31/2016 at 7:38 AM

    I would just love to learn more about Egyptian food.

  • jennamoi  on  12/31/2016 at 1:36 PM

    I love Shaksaka

  • ballen  on  12/31/2016 at 3:09 PM

    Lamb kebab ...

  • Zosia  on  12/31/2016 at 5:05 PM

    Definitely shakshuka

  • pinkchampies  on  12/31/2016 at 6:08 PM

    Easy - Sheikh el Meishi

  • zarabeth  on  1/1/2017 at 10:45 AM

    Hmm stuffed dates yummy!

  • Lafauvette  on  1/1/2017 at 12:00 PM

    chicken shwarma

  • love2chow  on  1/1/2017 at 12:09 PM

    baba ganoush

  • rchesser  on  1/1/2017 at 6:56 PM


  • percussion03  on  1/1/2017 at 7:14 PM

    I love stuffed grape leaves in whatever variation!

  • ravensfan  on  1/1/2017 at 8:55 PM


  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  1/2/2017 at 12:48 AM

    I really like making hummus with different spices in them.

  • EllaL.  on  1/2/2017 at 4:44 AM

    It has to be moussaka at the moment. But I expect there are hundreds more to be. Tried

  • jecca  on  1/2/2017 at 9:40 AM

    So many favourites to eat, but ful medames is my favourite to make!

  • Larkspur  on  1/2/2017 at 3:38 PM

    I don't know the name of it, but it was a vegetable dishes served at the lunch buffet of a now-closed Lebanese restaurant I used to patron.

  • Nancith  on  1/3/2017 at 1:12 AM

    I like mujadarrah!

  • lauriesk  on  1/3/2017 at 9:25 AM

    I love tabouli.

  • apattin  on  1/3/2017 at 1:42 PM

    Anything with freekeh

  • lgroom  on  1/3/2017 at 10:52 PM

    I love foul medames ma bayth, So good.

  • AmyS  on  1/3/2017 at 11:06 PM

    I guess it would have to be hummus! I have a lot of room for expansion. :)

  • lselke  on  1/4/2017 at 11:56 AM

    Nothing beats really well-made hummus. (Nothing is worse than indifferently-made hummus.)

  • matag  on  1/4/2017 at 3:15 PM


  • lils74  on  1/5/2017 at 3:40 AM

    Anything with eggplant (aubergine)!

  • Lem9579  on  1/5/2017 at 8:37 AM

    Any of those that combine meat and dried fruits like figs, dates or apricots.

  • wester  on  1/5/2017 at 4:25 PM

    I can't believe no one has entered dukkah yet!

  • annieski  on  1/6/2017 at 8:49 AM

    Hummus, pita.

  • sarahawker  on  1/6/2017 at 1:39 PM

    Fresh pita, babaganoush and chicken schwarma.

  • sir_ken_g  on  1/6/2017 at 4:54 PM

    Lamb shank!

  • herby  on  1/6/2017 at 5:35 PM

    Lamb shanks, tabouleh, mujadarrah, stuffed dares, anything with eggplant

  • mmaldonado47  on  1/6/2017 at 6:10 PM


  • Mariarosa  on  1/6/2017 at 7:39 PM

    Pretty much all I know how to make is hummus. I'd love to learn some more!

  • dduvall  on  1/6/2017 at 8:47 PM


  • Eha  on  1/7/2017 at 12:42 AM

    Oh I cannot decide between shish tawook and mujadarrah - make both regularly . . . both the author and I are immigrants to Australia: does that count :) ?

  • rashaye  on  1/7/2017 at 12:45 AM

    Koshari is fantastic!

  • Ericalgr  on  1/7/2017 at 3:07 AM


  • Purplepeepers  on  1/7/2017 at 4:09 AM


  • sallyc06  on  1/7/2017 at 5:10 AM

    Love Moussaka

  • hopezibah  on  1/7/2017 at 10:49 AM

    i love persian cooking like fesen joon. Would love to try egyptian cooking too.

  • Dmartin997  on  1/7/2017 at 11:26 AM

    I love all Middle Eastern food, especially ground lamb with yogurt sauce and Kababs

  • lsgourmet  on  1/7/2017 at 1:58 PM

    Every mezze I tasted in Cairo and the charcoal broiled quail and the koshary with extra vinegar sauce from the street markets. I wish it was possible to go back, maybe sometime in a more peaceful climate.

  • MollyB  on  1/8/2017 at 7:39 AM


  • fiarose  on  1/8/2017 at 10:50 AM

    i adore making stuffed squid, dolmas, moussaka, anything with eggplant! probably shakshuka, though--so comforting.

  • ohyoucook  on  1/8/2017 at 4:41 PM


  • CRT  on  1/8/2017 at 7:12 PM

    Favorite Egyptian dish is a fish tagine with potatoes, peppers, and tomatoes.

  • alirov  on  1/9/2017 at 12:45 AM

    It's already been mentioned a few times (and I'm surprised so many people know about the dish) but shakshouka as well!

  • Orielle  on  1/9/2017 at 7:35 AM


  • imjammin2  on  1/9/2017 at 8:24 PM

    My experience is limited so I would love to learn!

  • jakquis  on  1/10/2017 at 2:06 PM

    LOVE Middle Eastern food.

  • ninaarahgnis  on  1/11/2017 at 9:17 AM

    I love Middle Eastern food but I've never tried making any. My favorite is baba ganoush!

  • vinochic  on  1/11/2017 at 11:46 AM

    I pretty much love everything. We make koshari all the time!

  • Sfgordon  on  1/12/2017 at 12:18 AM

    Mejadra from the Jerusalem cookbook is a favorite. I also love baba ghanoush with fluffy pita. I don't know if I have had specifically Egyptian versions of these dishes before but I would love to learn more.

  • LeePicard  on  1/13/2017 at 8:01 PM

    Also from the Jerusalem cookbook is the eggplant stuffed with lamb and pine nuts. A recipe that is easy to make, taste is fantastic and impresses your guests!

  • tennyogirl  on  1/14/2017 at 9:45 AM

    ful medammes

  • bfg67  on  1/16/2017 at 6:15 AM


  • Seren_Ann  on  1/17/2017 at 1:52 PM

    I love Moussaka, Middle Eastern versions of Tajine, and anything with aubergine in it.

  • maggypie  on  1/17/2017 at 2:10 PM


  • KarinaFrancis  on  1/17/2017 at 4:30 PM

    As a (egyptian born) kid I hated ful medamis, now as an adult I crave it. I'd love to try my hand at making it

  • Annpie  on  1/17/2017 at 8:02 PM

    Middle Eastern food is my fave!

  • tinaellen  on  1/17/2017 at 9:25 PM

    Anything with lamb and desserts with nuts like baklava.

  • Therese  on  1/18/2017 at 2:13 AM

    Eggplant Eggplant and more Eggplant, and then some Aubergines. And there should be lamb. I think Ma'loubet el Betingan (Claudia Roden) captures my favourite middle eastern flavours. And some tomato and onion with sumac sprinkled over on the side.

  • saladdays  on  1/18/2017 at 3:06 PM

    Loved falafel, ful and hummus when we went to Egypt.

  • Thingummyjig  on  1/18/2017 at 4:02 PM


  • kimtrev  on  1/18/2017 at 5:02 PM


  • nadiam1000  on  1/19/2017 at 6:18 AM

    I have not made nearly enough middle eastern dishes, although I love the flavors. I make Taboulleh, Hummus, Baklava, but I would love to experiment further. My husband has visited Egypt several times so it would be fun to recreate the food.

  • MelMM  on  1/19/2017 at 9:33 AM

    Tameya - a fried patty kind of like falafel but made with broad beans instead of chickpeas.

  • ccav  on  1/19/2017 at 1:43 PM

    Muhammara and anything with beans. Love to learn more about Egyptian food and cooking!

  • trudys_person  on  1/19/2017 at 9:57 PM

    Any variation of hummus!

  • sharifah  on  1/20/2017 at 11:21 AM


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  • Hellyloves2cook  on  1/22/2017 at 3:15 PM

    I love middle eastern food... and i have many cookbooks related to this cuisine, however not an Eygptian one. I had to entertain an Eygptian colleague of my husbands once and had no idea what to make. I decided a to prepare a selection of middle eastern foods as I thought it was near enough what he may have been used to. He was very complementary and liked the food. He suggested I try 'Ful medames ' one day as that was his favourite. Hard for me to pick a favourite. I love nothing better than a good plate of tabbouleh, hummus, babaganoush and felafel. Also fattoush is a a firm favourite too. My husband loves Shakshuka... Especially for breakfast / brunch.

  • alienor  on  1/22/2017 at 9:18 PM

    after spending my first month making large amounts of chicken broth i am now ready to branch out. i think my next project is making hummus from dried chick peas. we eat a lot of hummus and i wold love to have complete control of the product. looking forward to experimenting with many variations on a theme

  • KIGirl  on  1/26/2017 at 4:49 AM

    Falafels :)

  • ltsuk  on  1/27/2017 at 10:33 PM

    cooking would be hummus.

  • pokarekare  on  1/28/2017 at 1:17 AM

    I love goat - hopefully there will be recipes here!

  • GrooveHeart  on  1/30/2017 at 3:26 PM

    I love lamb tagine

  • AGENT99  on  1/31/2017 at 3:25 AM

    I love Baba Ghanoush

  • sbh2006  on  1/31/2017 at 6:58 AM

    I love the mezze and smoky and savory dips the best; out of the hundreds of cookbooks I own, I don't own any focus on Egyptian cooking and would love to add this title to my collection. Thank you EYB for another fantastic giveaway!

  • obbigttam  on  1/31/2017 at 8:11 PM

    Lamb Tagine but I do it with the tagine in my Primo smoker to give another layer and depth of flavour whilst it slow cooks.

  • soffner  on  1/31/2017 at 9:24 PM

    I grew up on pita bread, grape leaves and lubia. I still love them both, and we have lubia almost every week.

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