Cookbook giveaway - The Middle Eastern Vegetarian

The Middle Eastern VegetarianSalma Hage has over 50 years of experience in the kitchen and is regarded as an authority on Middle Eastern home cooking. Her new cookbook, The Middle Eastern Vegetarian Cookbook, seamlessly blends the Western trend of reducing meat consumption with the ancient culture of largely vegetarian, mezze-style dining.

The traditional Middle Eastern diet focused largely on vegetables, fruits, herbs, spices, pulses, grains and legumes. Salma simplifies this increasingly popular cuisine with easily achievable recipes, including many vegan and gluten-free options. You can read more about the cookbook in our author interview with Salma.

We're delighted to offer five copies of The Middle Eastern Vegetarian to EYB Members worldwide. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post:

What is your favorite traditional Middle Eastern ingredient?

Please note that you must be signed into the Rafflecopter contest before posting the comment or your entry won't be counted. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends May 24, 2016.


  • mziech  on  4/26/2016 at 1:00 PM

    I love tahini. Great taste in Middle Eastern dishes!

  • Seren_Ann  on  4/26/2016 at 1:03 PM

    Orange Flower water. It's really good in crêpes :)

  • pandapotamus  on  4/26/2016 at 1:05 PM

    Tahini!!! Love it in everything.

  • imaluckyducky  on  4/26/2016 at 1:14 PM

    Za'atar, hands dow

  • Lovestocook  on  4/26/2016 at 2:23 PM

    Preserved lemons

  • annmartina  on  4/26/2016 at 2:25 PM


  • annapanna  on  4/26/2016 at 3:16 PM


  • wester  on  4/26/2016 at 3:26 PM

    All of the above - but if I have to choose it's chickpeas.

  • nikignu  on  4/26/2016 at 3:27 PM

    Tahini! I love that sesame flavour!

  • Emily Hope  on  4/26/2016 at 3:56 PM

    Pomegranate molasses--it adds such a nice combination of acidity and sweetness.

  • reensarai  on  4/26/2016 at 5:57 PM

    I love sumac. I love thee taste of it as a condiment with wonderful middle eastern snacks

  • Yildiz100  on  4/26/2016 at 6:43 PM


  • readingtragic  on  4/27/2016 at 12:34 AM

    I love cracked wheat - it works in kibbeh, salads; all sorts of stuff

  • lilham  on  4/27/2016 at 2:31 AM

    Pomegranate molasses

  • NikkiPixie  on  4/27/2016 at 5:06 AM

    I love everything! Pomegranates are the best...

  • IsaSim  on  4/27/2016 at 5:27 AM


  • Zosia  on  4/27/2016 at 6:59 AM


  • vickster  on  4/27/2016 at 7:30 AM

    Falafel with Tahini sauce. Eager to learn about more!

  • jyms  on  4/27/2016 at 8:02 AM

    Eggplant, because baba ghanoush.

  • Radishman1220  on  4/27/2016 at 11:47 AM

    Aleppo pepper to give everything some added kick

  • Catsfan59  on  4/27/2016 at 1:45 PM

    Pomegranates for me.

  • WandaA  on  4/28/2016 at 12:41 AM

    Pomegranates for me as well ♡

  • Choclette  on  4/28/2016 at 3:25 AM

    Adore Middle Easter ingredients. Pomegranate molasses is my current favourite.

  • jupflute  on  4/28/2016 at 9:15 AM

    So difficult...pomegranate maybe. Or orange blossom water.

  • Plantaardigheidjes  on  4/28/2016 at 9:38 AM

    Definitely aubergine <3

  • ballen  on  4/28/2016 at 3:59 PM

    Feta cheese

  • infotrop  on  4/28/2016 at 4:37 PM

    I seldom use traditional Middle Eastern ingredients...but definitely need to try. I love all the ingredients and flavors others have mentioned though.

  • jecca  on  4/28/2016 at 9:33 PM

    I love so many Middle Eastern ingredients, but my favourite is probably rose water or orange flower water.

  • elizam  on  4/28/2016 at 9:33 PM

    Tahini ftw, but there are so many the I use nearly every day and adore.

  • HelenB  on  4/28/2016 at 9:44 PM


  • HelenB  on  4/28/2016 at 9:47 PM

    Za'atar (not Qatar!)

  • Liliana  on  4/28/2016 at 10:15 PM


  • raybun  on  4/28/2016 at 11:15 PM


  • chowfamily  on  4/28/2016 at 11:18 PM


  • JanScholl  on  4/29/2016 at 12:44 AM

    I don't have a favorite but my favorite dish is ful. So I guess beans.

  • Cattyb  on  4/29/2016 at 2:51 AM

    Harissa! I love it with almost everything.

  • mirra5  on  4/29/2016 at 4:51 AM

    Za'atar and it

  • GillB  on  4/29/2016 at 5:53 AM

    Chickpeas and pomegranares

  • wishuponadish  on  4/29/2016 at 6:24 AM

    I adore anything with lemons and always make a large canning jar of preserved lemons.

  • loubaby  on  4/29/2016 at 6:37 AM

    pomegranate molasses is my best.....

  • Orielle  on  4/29/2016 at 6:46 AM

    I love za'atar! So versatile!

  • SujataNaik  on  4/29/2016 at 6:46 AM


  • ravensfan  on  4/29/2016 at 8:10 AM

    Chick peas

  • Nancith  on  4/29/2016 at 8:54 AM

    olives & figs

  • PixieCat  on  4/29/2016 at 9:22 AM

    Chickpeas if I had to pick only one.

  • CHedges  on  4/29/2016 at 10:54 AM


  • jlh39  on  4/29/2016 at 11:09 AM


  • RabbitFood  on  4/29/2016 at 2:37 PM

    Just one? Pomegrante.

  • Wlow  on  4/29/2016 at 6:39 PM

    Eggplant but I'm getting into Aleppo pepper...

  • SamanthaV  on  4/29/2016 at 7:38 PM

    I love using Zaatar in my cooking.

  • susan g  on  4/29/2016 at 7:40 PM

    Many, but my new love is urfa peppers

  • saladdays  on  4/30/2016 at 8:19 AM

    Chickpeas are my favourite.

  • Waderu  on  4/30/2016 at 9:53 AM

    grape leaves

  • Nick.Giunta  on  4/30/2016 at 12:02 PM


  • IngridO  on  4/30/2016 at 5:40 PM

    I would have to say sesame seed anything!

  • elysek  on  4/30/2016 at 10:21 PM


  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  5/1/2016 at 2:21 AM

    I really like using zaatar. I use it on chicken and it's delicious.

  • phylliscaroline  on  5/1/2016 at 6:11 AM

    Pomegranates are the prettiest and chickpeas are the most versatile ingredients.

  • kari500  on  5/1/2016 at 12:18 PM

    Zaatar and sumac

  • trudys_person  on  5/1/2016 at 6:44 PM

    Chickpeas, and za'atar - both very versatile!

  • Lollymac  on  5/2/2016 at 5:48 AM

    I love Tahini paste.

  • cadfael  on  5/2/2016 at 12:59 PM

    Cadfael-chickpeas and sesame seeds!!

  • Runhappyally  on  5/3/2016 at 7:02 AM

    Zaatar, I literally chuck it on everything, including pizza!

  • sarahawker  on  5/3/2016 at 12:15 PM


  • veggie va  on  5/3/2016 at 9:16 PM

    Fresh herbs

  • sbh2006  on  5/4/2016 at 5:49 PM

    I would have to say spices, herbs and seasonings; my pantry is stocked with pomegranate molasses, barberries, limoo Omani, za'atar, sumac, sabzi, silan, tahini...I love giving any dish a Middle Eastern makeover by adjusting the seasonings (last week I made the Persian tamarind fish from "New Persian Kitchen.") As a longtime vegetarian / pescetarian, I would LOVE to win this and do a spotlight review on my blog; Middle Eastern cuisine is one of my favorites! (I'm currently reviewing Lebanese, Sephardic and Azeri cookbooks)

  • rahiscock  on  5/5/2016 at 12:08 AM

    All the spices! Especially cinnamon and za'atar

  • Joyceeong  on  5/5/2016 at 12:34 AM

    I love zaatar and sumac!

  • kbennall  on  5/5/2016 at 4:06 AM

    Labneh, but barely - I use zaatar, sumac, tahina, chickpeas, eggplant...the list goes on.

  • veronicafrance  on  5/5/2016 at 6:20 AM

    Well, chickpeas and harissa are always in my larder. Such versatile ingredients.

  • sabrina7  on  5/5/2016 at 11:07 AM


  • food_hooked  on  5/5/2016 at 3:04 PM

    Pomegranate molasses !!!

  • cocecitycook  on  5/6/2016 at 1:27 PM


  • LilyB612  on  5/6/2016 at 6:26 PM

    Syrian pepper!

  • Lynled  on  5/6/2016 at 7:22 PM

    Za atar, yum!

  • Roblyn  on  5/6/2016 at 9:26 PM

    Pomegranate molasses

  • t.t  on  5/6/2016 at 9:55 PM

    labneh, but only because I eat it the most--couldn't live without tahini, chickpeas, and sumac either...

  • colinf  on  5/7/2016 at 1:31 AM

    Chickpeas for me

  • Michellehffmn  on  5/7/2016 at 1:03 PM

    Olive oil, olive oil and olive oil!

  • allthatsleftarethecrumbs  on  5/7/2016 at 3:13 PM


  • CLeonard  on  5/7/2016 at 8:37 PM

    Sumac has been a great discovery.

  • GregH  on  5/7/2016 at 10:29 PM

    preserved lemons

  • EmmaJaneDay  on  5/8/2016 at 8:31 AM

    Pomegranates. I love them so much, I am now growing them myself

  • rosyannposy  on  5/8/2016 at 8:44 AM

    So hard to choose, but I do love yogurt and eat it every day!

  • Lizwizz  on  5/8/2016 at 3:13 PM

    dates and figs

  • sharifah  on  5/8/2016 at 4:16 PM


  • Sfgordon  on  5/8/2016 at 4:48 PM

    chickpeas, dates, and olives are at the top of my list.

  • meggan  on  5/9/2016 at 3:58 PM

    Aleppo pepper and sumac

  • tikilu  on  5/9/2016 at 8:25 PM

    I love cinnamon, I'd put in everything if I could sweet as well as savoury. 😉

  • Moo  on  5/10/2016 at 3:51 AM

    I love sumac

  • Mayandbill  on  5/10/2016 at 10:30 AM

    Dried limes and or dried lime powder make Iranian dishes taste fantastically exotic.

  • Katiefayhutson  on  5/10/2016 at 1:19 PM


  • ladibyrd  on  5/15/2016 at 8:48 AM

    So hard to choose just one! Spices / flavoring ingredients

  • pgarcia  on  5/15/2016 at 3:58 PM


  • dmass  on  5/18/2016 at 9:15 AM

    I'm still learning and trying new ingredients, but for starters I would say chickpeas.

  • Stephanie7  on  5/20/2016 at 10:07 AM

    The ever versatile chickpea!

  • djoh437938  on  5/21/2016 at 8:24 AM


  • wishuponadish  on  5/22/2016 at 8:32 PM

    I am totally interested in cooking Middle Eastern fare.

  • vinochic  on  5/24/2016 at 5:39 PM

    dates, olives, spices. pretty much everything!

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