SUQAR by Greg Malouf and Lucy Malouf

Greg and Lucy Malouf have co-written eight cookbooks. The once married couple who divorced during the production of their first effort, Arabesque, manage to continue to make beautiful cookbooks together. The Maloufs' books are excursions to the Middle East fueled by words, food and photographs. Each title has earned a spot on my bulging bookshelves.

Their latest, SUQAR: Desserts & Sweets from the Modern Middle East, will take your breath away, as it did mine. When I first received the book, I wrote my friend at Hardie Grant and stated "I just received SUQAR and I think I need to take a cold shower. This book is spectacular." Books such as this one deliver an experience l wouldn't likewise be likely to enjoy. With the Maloufs' work, I am able to walk into my kitchen, gather a few ingredients and in no time at all enjoy a Turkish pretty eye cookie or any number of Middle Eastern delights. 

There are certain recipes that may require a trip to a Middle Eastern grocery or an order online but overall the recipes here are approachable and inspirational. I often joke that the universe doesn't need another snickerdoodle recipe but we do need to (or at least I need to) wrap my heart around new cuisines and bring the world just a bit closer via my kitchen. 

This book is our baking option in The Eat Your Book Cookbook Club for February and has made my Best Cookbooks of 2018 and my Gift Guide for Cookbook Lovers. Present a copy of this stunner with a Ma'amoul mold and make a baker in your life happy. There are a variety of molds (which are optional for the Ma'amoul recipes) at Amazon.

Our   takes you inside this stunning book and features the following 

Special thanks to Hardie Grant for providing us with the materials for our preview and supplying three copies of this must-have baking title in our giveaway below. 


The publisher is offering three copies of this book to EYB Members in the US, UK, AU and NZ. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

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  • dadekian  on  11/29/2018 at 3:11 PM

    Turkish coffee petits pots with chocolate marshmallows sounds like something I would enjoy making.

  • AlexH  on  11/29/2018 at 3:31 PM

    Ma’moul cookies!

  • KarinaFrancis  on  11/29/2018 at 3:43 PM

    The chocolate halva ice cream (I also have all of their books and love them)

  • matag  on  11/29/2018 at 3:58 PM

    Bitter walnut cake

  • merkusje  on  11/29/2018 at 4:27 PM

    Date tiramisu, Middle Eastern style 

  • Dannausc  on  11/29/2018 at 4:42 PM

    Nectarine caramel

  • riley  on  11/29/2018 at 5:01 PM

    Rice pudding with burnt orange sauce

  • Puguppy  on  11/29/2018 at 6:06 PM

    Apricot-smartly fool

  • lpatterson412  on  11/29/2018 at 6:08 PM

    Strawberry rose pavlovas!

  • Aproporpoise  on  11/29/2018 at 7:13 PM

    oooh. Definitely the rice pudding!

  • Shelley.b  on  11/29/2018 at 8:50 PM

    rice pudding

  • HelenB  on  11/29/2018 at 9:51 PM

    Plum soufflé with cardamom and orange.

  • jr0717  on  11/29/2018 at 10:11 PM

    The date tiramisu

  • Lkitchings  on  11/29/2018 at 10:28 PM

    Roasted apricots with cinnamon brioche and toasted almond cream

  • tennyogirl  on  11/29/2018 at 11:18 PM

    Chilled watermelon with halva, crushed strawberries and lime syrup

  • FranSanchez  on  11/30/2018 at 2:05 AM

    Plum soufflé with orange and cardamom

  • vickster  on  11/30/2018 at 6:50 AM

    Baked Figs, sweet curd, honey and thyme

  • JRumi  on  11/30/2018 at 6:53 AM

    Rice pudding with burnt orange sauce

  • kmn4  on  11/30/2018 at 7:55 AM

    Turkish coffee petits pots with chocolate marshmallows

  • Rachelkg  on  11/30/2018 at 12:08 PM

    Rice Pudding!

  • sarahawker  on  11/30/2018 at 2:45 PM

    Rice pudding with burnt orange sauce

  • mpdeb98  on  11/30/2018 at 4:57 PM

    Apricot spoon fruits

  • lean1  on  11/30/2018 at 6:07 PM

    Rice pudding first!

  • janv  on  11/30/2018 at 6:17 PM

    Wild fig preserve with ginger and orange

  • Julia  on  11/30/2018 at 6:39 PM

    Arabic five spice pineapple with saffron ice cream

  • luccio  on  11/30/2018 at 7:30 PM

    Dates in cardamom coffee

  • BMeyer  on  11/30/2018 at 7:32 PM

    coffee meringue

  • kitchen_chick  on  11/30/2018 at 9:24 PM

    Sweet anise-olive oil tortas

  • LDjung  on  11/30/2018 at 10:35 PM

    Crystallised flowers

  • sb1  on  11/30/2018 at 11:27 PM

    coffee meringue

  • marsmomma  on  12/1/2018 at 12:04 AM

    I would make rice pudding with burnt orange sauce first, I love a good rice pudding!

  • jluvs2bake  on  12/1/2018 at 1:51 AM

    Pomegranate-lime jelly

  • dilsab  on  12/1/2018 at 4:04 AM

    would make apricot spoon fruits. my husband keeps asking me to make something like this and i never seem to get it right.

  • Ingridemery  on  12/1/2018 at 4:41 AM

    Saffron ice cream

  • zwetschgen  on  12/1/2018 at 7:05 AM

    Plum soufflé with cardamom and orange

  • TanyaD  on  12/1/2018 at 9:04 AM

    Chilled watermelon with halva, crushed strawberries and lime syrup

  • Jenamarie  on  12/1/2018 at 10:37 AM

    Arabic apricot doughnuts

  • jmay42066  on  12/1/2018 at 10:54 AM

    Liquorice panna cotta with roasted star anise plums

  • mrscahughes  on  12/1/2018 at 1:18 PM

    rice pudding

  • rchesser  on  12/1/2018 at 3:12 PM

    Liquorice panna cotta with roasted star anise plums! I love licorice.

  • Raele  on  12/1/2018 at 4:55 PM

    Lemon Curd Ma’Amoul

  • Kinhawaii  on  12/1/2018 at 5:17 PM

    Date tiramisu!

  • j_h  on  12/1/2018 at 7:22 PM

    Ooh, it all looks good - but Summer just started, so I think the cream cheese ice cream.

  • RickPearson54  on  12/1/2018 at 7:43 PM

    rice pudding

  • dbielick  on  12/2/2018 at 5:25 AM

    Honey mousse with pine nut praline and spiced pears

  • nadiam1000  on  12/2/2018 at 6:45 AM

    Salted bay-butterscotch ice cream

  • agentmnm  on  12/2/2018 at 9:52 AM

    Rice pudding with orange sauce

  • allthatsleftarethecrumbs  on  12/2/2018 at 4:49 PM

    Date tiramisu, Middle Eastern style.

  • Sfgordon  on  12/2/2018 at 7:18 PM

    I'd try Sesame biscuits with pistachios and sour cherries

  • ScottJWalter  on  12/3/2018 at 9:42 AM

    Persian Butter Fudge. 'Nuff said.

  • artthecat  on  12/3/2018 at 11:10 AM

    Date tiramisu!

  • RoseMGenuine  on  12/3/2018 at 8:53 PM

    Licorice panna cotta with roasted star anise plums! Oh I’ll have that with a coffee for sure!! I want this book!!

  • Uhmandanicole  on  12/6/2018 at 1:02 AM

    Plum soufflé with cardamom and orange

  • fionahw  on  12/7/2018 at 7:58 PM

    Strawberry-rose pavlovas

  • t.t  on  12/7/2018 at 11:57 PM

    Lemon curd ma’amoul

  • EmilyR  on  12/8/2018 at 6:41 PM

    Pomegranate-lime jelly

  • eatysmith  on  12/9/2018 at 6:35 PM

    Sweet anise-olive oil tortas!

  • thecharlah  on  12/11/2018 at 7:50 PM

    Little lemon-ginger syrup cakes

  • hillsboroks  on  12/13/2018 at 7:30 PM

    I would make the Rose-Lime Marmelade

  • jifar  on  12/15/2018 at 3:59 AM

    Rice Pudding with Burnt Orange Sauce

  • dtremit  on  12/15/2018 at 2:21 PM

    Rice pudding with burnt orange sauce as well!

  • RSW  on  12/17/2018 at 6:27 AM

    Chilled watermelon with halva, crushed strawberries and lime syrup

  • jezpurr  on  12/21/2018 at 4:24 PM

    Pistachio shortbread!!!^_^

  • elsid22  on  12/22/2018 at 12:15 PM

    Rice pudding w Burnt orange sauce

  • hilarycooks  on  12/22/2018 at 10:35 PM

    licorice panna cotta with roasted star anise plums AND the anise olive oil tortas (I love these so much - can't wait to make my own!!)

  • LaurenE  on  12/26/2018 at 11:51 AM

    Bitter walnut cake

  • kitchenclimbers  on  12/26/2018 at 2:14 PM

    date tiramisu

  • MiMi60  on  12/29/2018 at 8:02 PM

    Rice pudding with burnt orange sauce

  • lgroom  on  12/31/2018 at 11:45 PM

    Apricot smartly fool

  • ghill  on  1/1/2019 at 2:27 PM

    Where to start? Spiced Arabic coffee or Spanish hot chocolate until I can decide.

  • lou_weez  on  1/1/2019 at 3:17 PM

    I'd start at the beginning Chilled watermelon with halva, crushed strawberries and lime syrup and work my way through the book.

  • TrishaCP  on  1/1/2019 at 5:51 PM

    Bitter walnut cake

  • jenmacgregor18  on  1/2/2019 at 7:14 AM

    dates in cardamom coffee or date tiramisu

  • banba1  on  1/2/2019 at 12:24 PM

    Baked figs, sweet curd, honey and thyme

  • tarae1204  on  1/3/2019 at 10:34 AM

    Date custard tart

  • Amandaspamanda  on  1/4/2019 at 2:44 PM

    Strawberry-rose Pavlovas! Pavlova is so much fun to make!

  • Livia  on  1/6/2019 at 1:46 PM

    It has got to be the Plum soufflé with cardamom and orange ! cardamom, oranges ? what's not to like..

  • jd5761  on  1/9/2019 at 2:00 PM

    Date Tiramisu for me

  • Sand9  on  1/10/2019 at 7:44 AM

    Nectarine caramel sounds lovely x

  • fionajk42  on  1/10/2019 at 12:52 PM

    Kunafa with apricot and sweet cheese

  • edyenicole  on  1/17/2019 at 11:27 AM

    rice pudding!

  • Teruska  on  1/18/2019 at 5:37 PM

    I stopped at Baked figs, sweet curd, honey and thyme

  • ckbkcollector  on  1/19/2019 at 2:38 PM

    rice pudding

  • orchidlady01  on  1/26/2019 at 3:17 AM

    Rice pudding

  • percussion03  on  1/27/2019 at 8:59 AM

    Little raspberry-rose bakewells

  • starzine  on  1/29/2019 at 10:17 PM

    Nectarine caramel.

  • happybread  on  2/1/2019 at 9:54 PM

    Baby babas with confit lemon cream

  • choppergirl  on  2/2/2019 at 6:42 PM

    Date tiramisu, Middle Eastern style

  • tacoo  on  2/2/2019 at 7:20 PM

    Rice pudding with burnt orange sauce

  • FrenchCreekBaker  on  2/2/2019 at 10:34 PM

    Sesame biscuits with pistachios and sour cherries

  • erinrobinson  on  2/2/2019 at 11:00 PM

    Either the saffron–blood orange brûlée or rice pudding with burnt orange sauce.

  • rosalee  on  2/3/2019 at 1:09 PM

    The baked figs sound delightful!

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