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Forever Beirut

Recipes and Stories from the Heart of Lebanon

Forever Beirut
Barbara Abdeni Massaad Photographs by
José Andrés Foreword by
9781623718534
$45.00
Hardback
2022/08/23
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2022/08/23
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7.5 X 10.5 in
256 pg


COOKING / Regional & Ethnic / Middle Eastern
COOKING / Methods / General
COOKING / Courses & Dishes / General

Description

“Documenting traditions, recipes, and rituals ensures their survival; it is vital work. Barbara Massaad… is a writer and photographer, but above all she is a custodian of a wonderfully rich culture.”

Reviews

“I applaud Barbara Massaad’s vital work in preserving Lebanese culture and its unique culinary traditions. Her inspiring new cookbook, Forever Beirut, offers a multilayered vision of a city, its people, and its cuisine with recipes, stories, and photography that truly and effectively honors the spirit of Beirut. I will cherish this book.” - Alice Waters


“A delicious dive into Lebanese cooking and history, this is sure to be an instant classic … Amid memories of struggle and sacrifice, Massaad (Soup for Syria) celebrates her homeland with family recipes that have ‘survive[d] across generations and help protect... our identity as a people.’ … To round things out, Massaad offers an excellent selection of preserved and fermented staples (pickled turnips, pumpkin in syrup, red pepper paste) for one’s pantry that reduces waste and provides a hedge against times of instability.” - Publishers Weekly


“Forever Beirut is a tribute to the culinary capital of the Arab world. Lebanese chef and author of Soup for Syria, Barbara Abdeni Massaad, shares 100 recipes that exemplify the ways in which Lebanese cuisine is multi-layered, influenced by Arab, Turkish, and French cooking styles. It’s filled with Massaad’s personal stories and anecdotes, as well as sections for perfecting Middle Eastern staples, like mezze and kibbeh.” - Thrillist Most Exciting Cookbooks to Look Out for this Summer


“Chef and cookbook author Barbara Abdeni Massaad writes a love letter to one of the world’s oldest cities, home to myriad culinary traditions, in Forever Beirut. With stories from Beirut’s history and her own childhood, this collection of Lebanese recipes—from meze to pickles to pastries—will likely become a quick favorite.”
- Food 52’s Cookbooks We Can’t Wait For in 2022


“Barbara Massaad’s lovely new book, Forever Beirut, brilliantly captures the soul of my favorite city as well as the indomitable spirit of the Lebanese people. The authentic and enticing recipes serve as a great introduction to my beloved country’s cuisine, but they’re also a reminder of the many ways in which food connects and enriches us, even through the dark times.” - Greg Malouf, author of Saha: A Chef's Journey Through Lebanon and Syria


“Barbara Abdeni Massad has taken ‘the feeling’ that an old Lebanese woman had about a ‘pinch’ of this and ‘a drop’ of that and transformed it into complete, accurate recipes for the supermarket generation.” - The Art of Eating


“I loved Barbara Massaad’s Man’oushe, and I feel the same about her latest book, Mouneh. In both books, she opens up the world of Lebanese gastronomy in a unique way, connecting it to Lebanese culture while providing wonderful mouth-watering recipes. I couldn’t ask for more.” - Paula Wolfert


Forever Beirut is an aftershock of love to the rich cuisine and kind people of our beloved Beirut. The book warms your heart with beautiful pages that embrace what many Lebanese hold on to so dearly to heal and keep going.” - Anas Atassi, author of Sumac: Recipes and Stories from Syria


“This book beautifully captures the spirit of Beirut … And it’s not just about Beirut; it is a global book, connecting every city and country that has been touched by immigration of the Lebanese people.” - Chef José Andrés


“Food has a way of bringing people together. Cooking and sharing food with people and loved ones is a basic ritual around the world. And what a beautiful way of capturing the life and soul of Beirut through food.” - Sami Tamimi, chef and award-winning author of Falastin: A Cookbook


“A Lebanese love letter … From the sumptuous array of traditional Lebanese recipes to Barbara’s stunning photos and stories that jump off the page and into our hearts, Forever Beirut is an essential cookbook for those many of us across the globe who cherish Lebanon and her culinary traditions. We owe a debt of gratitude for this celebration of a country that has endured and given so much. I hardly know where to begin in my excitement to taste every glory here.” - Maureen Abood



Author Bio

Barbara Abdeni Massaad is a Lebanese food writer, TV host, and cookbook author. She is author of Soup for Syria, Man’oushé, and Mouneh, which won the Gourmand Cookbook Award and the International Academy of Gastronomy Award. She is a founding member of Slow Food Beirut.


Barbara Abdeni Massaad is a Lebanese food writer, TV host, and cookbook author. She is author of Soup for Syria, Man’oushé, and Mouneh, which won the Gourmand Cookbook Award and the International Academy of Gastronomy Award. She is a founding member of Slow Food Beirut.