The Mezze Cookbook

Salma Hage, a Lebanese housewife from Mazarat Tiffah (Apple Hamlet) in the mountains of the Kadisha Valley in North Lebanon, has over fifty years' experience cooking. Learning to cook from her mother, mother-in-law and sisters-in-law, and, helping to bring up her nine brothers and two sisters, taught her well how to cook for the whole family. She has also spent many years working professionally as a cook and is the author of The Lebanese Kitchen (to be reissued in June as The Lebanese Cookbook), The Middle Eastern Vegetarian Cookbook and most recently The Mezze Cookbook: Sharing Plates from the Middle East.


This title may be Salma's most approachable to date with 140 recipes that are simply prepared and meant to be shared. Mezze is similar to tapas where dishes are prepared and presented in a manner which triggers those gathered around the table to slow down and start conversations all while experimenting with different flavors from the many offerings.

Kale and chile rolls, Cod goujons with garlic dip, and Fried potatoes with preserved lemon and mint are a few examples of the recipes you will find here. The pastries and breads chapter offer Sweet blessed buns, Halloumi-stuffed loaf, and Spinach and walnut tartlets. Salma finishes up with sweets and drinks which highlight all the flavors of the Middle East with recipes for Tahini brownies, Arabic coffee mousse, and Rose and cardamom shortbread. There is something for everyone in this stunningly photographed book.

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  • Dewnie  on  2/17/2019 at 3:53 PM

    The preserved lemon dressing....

  • Shelley.b  on  2/17/2019 at 4:18 PM

    Spiced pickled carrots

  • janv  on  2/17/2019 at 5:00 PM

    Chickpea and za'atar crackers

  • Kristjudy  on  2/17/2019 at 7:28 PM

    Lemon artichoke dip

  • southerncooker  on  2/17/2019 at 7:37 PM

    Roasted cauliflower with tahini and smoky paprika

  • sarahawker  on  2/17/2019 at 8:30 PM

    Potato, cauliflower, and turmeric fritters

  • tennyogirl  on  2/17/2019 at 10:56 PM

    Turmeric-pickled cauliflower

  • riley  on  2/17/2019 at 11:02 PM

    Onions roasted with orange and thyme

  • mjes  on  2/18/2019 at 3:00 AM

    Labneh with figs and candied walnuts but so many look so good

  • jr0717  on  2/18/2019 at 10:25 AM

    The roasted baby beets with za'tar labneh sounds incredible!

  • ljsimmons  on  2/18/2019 at 10:58 AM

    Chickpea and za'atar crackers

  • lean1  on  2/18/2019 at 11:11 AM

    classic hummus

  • merkusje  on  2/18/2019 at 12:29 PM

    Turmeric-pickled cauliflower

  • kmn4  on  2/18/2019 at 3:08 PM

    Fig and rose jam - so much yes!

  • popoff  on  2/18/2019 at 3:09 PM

    Roasted baby beets with za'atar labneh

  • jinni  on  2/18/2019 at 4:32 PM

    Sweet potatoes with tahini and pul bibir

  • matag  on  2/18/2019 at 4:47 PM

    Fig and rose jam

  • lgroom  on  2/18/2019 at 6:50 PM

    Turmeric pickled cauliflower

  • Ishtar  on  2/19/2019 at 6:16 AM

    Classic falafel

  • antpantsii  on  2/19/2019 at 1:25 PM

    Home made spicy lamb sausage actually everything sounds amazing

  • mph993  on  2/19/2019 at 3:46 PM

    Spicy lamb sausage!

  • ravensfan  on  2/19/2019 at 3:53 PM

    Spicy tahini dressing

  • DarcyVaughn  on  2/19/2019 at 11:38 PM

    Cilantro and green chile falafels

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  2/20/2019 at 1:06 AM

    I would like to make roasted baby beets with za'atar labneh.

  • dbielick  on  2/20/2019 at 8:47 AM

    Mini flatbreads with crab and salmon

  • stigard  on  2/20/2019 at 8:05 PM

    I’d like to try the baked-farro-with-feta-herbs

  • vinochic  on  2/21/2019 at 6:23 PM

    Winter tabbouleh. Or fig and rose jam...

  • LaurenE  on  2/23/2019 at 10:56 PM

    Labneh with figs and candied walnuts

  • annieski  on  2/24/2019 at 4:57 AM

    maybe the cumin seed crackers...

  • jnavarro2019  on  2/24/2019 at 7:29 AM

    Pita Bread

  • MiMi60  on  2/24/2019 at 9:56 AM

    Fig and rose jam

  • Steben  on  2/24/2019 at 2:21 PM

    Potato, cauliflower, and turmeric fritters

  • Livia  on  2/24/2019 at 2:54 PM

    Saffron rice and vegetable fatteh!

  • Jenamarie  on  2/24/2019 at 6:48 PM

    Fig and rose jam

  • Blackeyedsusans  on  2/25/2019 at 4:30 PM

    Fig and Rose jam

  • Pamyoungvb  on  2/26/2019 at 8:14 AM

    Preserved lemon dressing

  • thecharlah  on  2/27/2019 at 8:10 PM

    Fish shawarma

  • chiquidu  on  2/28/2019 at 7:16 AM

    Little Damascus kibbe with pine nuts

  • jennifersbrown  on  2/28/2019 at 7:53 AM

    Would love to try the spiced red lentil koftas.

  • lbguerrant  on  2/28/2019 at 9:02 AM

    Spicy pickled carrots

  • josears  on  2/28/2019 at 10:07 AM

    Spiced red lentil koftas

  • Plumbobmummy  on  2/28/2019 at 2:07 PM

    Saffron rice and vegetable fatteh

  • choppergirl  on  2/28/2019 at 4:43 PM

    Turmeric-pickled cauliflower

  • KarenGlad  on  3/1/2019 at 6:39 AM

    Spicy tahini dressing

  • eggplantolive  on  3/1/2019 at 9:03 AM

    I would love to make preserved lemons!

  • monique.potel  on  3/1/2019 at 9:50 AM

    Fava bean and artichoke tartlets and the smoked eggplant tartlets i love her first book and am looking forward to this one

  • percussion03  on  3/1/2019 at 3:13 PM

    Kale and chili rolls

  • lapsapchung  on  3/2/2019 at 12:14 AM

    Spiced chickpea popcorn

  • t.t  on  3/2/2019 at 12:34 AM

    Spiced chickpea popcorn

  • Robbinhouse3  on  3/2/2019 at 5:37 AM


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  • bopper  on  3/2/2019 at 11:33 AM

    spicy tahini dressing

  • agreaves19  on  3/2/2019 at 11:49 AM

    Potato, cauliflower, and turmeric fritters

  • clairew137  on  3/2/2019 at 1:28 PM

    Spiced red lentil koftas

  • racheybr  on  3/2/2019 at 1:58 PM

    classic falafel to start, everything looks delicious

  • sus1ecooks  on  3/2/2019 at 3:34 PM

    Chicken fatteh sounds good

  • fionajk42  on  3/2/2019 at 4:13 PM

    Little Damascus kibbeh with pine nuts

  • mhindle  on  3/3/2019 at 3:56 AM

    Little Damascus kibbeh with pine nuts

  • edyenicole  on  3/3/2019 at 12:56 PM

    fig and rose jam!

  • lselke  on  3/3/2019 at 6:52 PM

    Mini flatbreads with lamb and anchovies.

  • Sfgordon  on  3/4/2019 at 1:23 AM

    Crispy artichoke hearts with za'atar aioli

  • michelle666  on  3/4/2019 at 9:31 AM

    Spicy lamb sausage

  • hillsboroks  on  3/4/2019 at 10:02 AM

    Fig and rose jam

  • Sand9  on  3/4/2019 at 11:15 AM

    Classic falafel x

  • Gillian.Hitchen  on  3/4/2019 at 2:31 PM

    spicy tahini dressing

  • maci234  on  3/5/2019 at 4:05 PM

    Roasted cauliflower with tahini and smoky paprika

  • kennethjohngilmour  on  3/6/2019 at 8:59 AM

    spiced pickled carrots found on page 17

  • HArlow  on  3/6/2019 at 1:39 PM

    Fig and rose jam

  • RuthHarwood  on  3/7/2019 at 3:03 AM

    Chickpea and za'atar crackers

  • jamston  on  3/9/2019 at 6:59 AM

    Fig and rose jam

  • jessiecomp  on  3/9/2019 at 12:57 PM

    Chickpea and za'atar crackers would be my first to try!

  • Laura1  on  3/10/2019 at 12:12 PM

    Chickpea and za'atar crackers

  • EmilyR  on  3/11/2019 at 12:37 AM

    Anything with preserved lemon, but also Halloumi-stuffed loaf.

  • jmay42066  on  3/14/2019 at 5:34 PM

    Saffron rice and vegetable fatteh

  • Dannausc  on  3/16/2019 at 7:09 AM

    Pink pickled turnips

  • CAMcooks  on  3/16/2019 at 4:11 PM

    Tahinni Brownies

  • ExploringTheTurkishKitchen  on  3/16/2019 at 4:24 PM

    spiced pickled carrots, but the sober sounds so good, and my labneh could do some work, its a maze table I'll make so many at ones mhmm

  • zeenie  on  3/17/2019 at 12:33 PM

    Onions roasted with orange and thyme

  • leilx  on  3/20/2019 at 9:55 AM

    Spiced red lentil kofta

  • kbennall  on  3/20/2019 at 1:16 PM

    literally everything - baby beets with zaatar labneh, tomato chili relish, lamb and anchovy flatbreads, roasted cauliflower with tahini and smoked GOD this book looks good. I was already eyeing it in the local bookstore...

  • silversand  on  3/21/2019 at 7:34 AM

    Tomato and chili relish with toasted pita chips

  • NaomiH  on  3/21/2019 at 12:45 PM

    Favorite ma'mool cookies with pistachio filling

  • Roosta  on  3/22/2019 at 9:10 PM

    Babaganoush, as I like dips because they are good for casual get togethers.

  • demomcook  on  3/22/2019 at 10:25 PM

    Orange-blossom labneh with honey and pistachios

  • antpantsii  on  3/22/2019 at 11:11 PM

    Mini flatbreads with lamb and anchovy

  • sequoia55  on  3/22/2019 at 11:22 PM

    Turmeric pickled cauliflower

  • Dendav  on  3/23/2019 at 3:33 AM

    Fig and Rose jam.

  • Foodycat  on  3/23/2019 at 6:04 AM

    Classic falafel

  • Elve56  on  3/23/2019 at 10:07 AM

    Za'atar as I ordered some of it which was already prepared over the holidays and loved it.

  • tararr  on  3/23/2019 at 11:19 AM

    Chickpea and za'atar crackers

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