Author(s): Kamal Mouzawak
Straight from the eastern shores of the Mediterranean, chef and creator of the first farmers' market in Beirut, Kamal Mouzawak brings you healthy and inspiring dishes, featuring classic Lebanese ingredients. From one of the region's most rich and diverse cultures, learn to make food, not war. Lebanese Home Cookingis a mouthwatering cookbook that teaches traditional Lebanese home cooking with regional and religious variation. You won't find these authentic recipes in many Middle-Eastern restaurants! With over 50 gorgeous recipes including kebbeh, mehsheh, tabikh, mujadara, and mouaa'janat, you'll have amazing and exciting homecooked meals in no time. "To me, the Souk is the epitome of what it means to 'have guts'. Despite bombings and unrest in their city, the market continues to not just function, but to flourish - celebrating culture, cuisine and agriculture. It's very existence is as an act of resistance against sectarian violence." - Rene Redzepi "Lebanese culture served on a plate." CNN "If I was surprised, it was at what Kamal is doing at Souk el Tayeb, bringing cooks from different social, political and regional sectors." - Chef Anthony Bourdain
"Nothing symbolizes the city's gastro-political awakening like the market. Founded in 2004 (Souk El Tayeb) reconciles Lebanon's warring factions through their common love of their food." - "The New York Times"
KAMAL MOUZAWAK is a chef, television personality, writer, and creator of the first farmers' market in Beirut, Souk el-Tayeb, which preserves food traditions and the culture of sustainable agriculture in Lebanon. Community-minded projects like this inspired the filmmaker Iara Lee to partner with Mouzawak in starting Make Food Not War, a nonprofit organization that aims to promote human rights, conflict resolution, and understanding by raising awareness of "a shared culture of food." Kamal has been recognised as an Ashoka Arab World Fellow; Ashoka Fellows are leading social entrepreneurs in the Arab World who are recognized through Ashoka's rigorous selection process to have innovative solutions to social problems and the potential to change patterns across society on a national-scale. A well-known personality in the Arab world, Mouzawak worked as a full-time travel writer, and then a food writer. In 2003, he began weekly appearances on the cooking show "Sohtak bil Sahenn," or "Your Health in Your Plate," a program hosted by Mariam Nour, a Lebanese macrobiotics and spirituality guru. Broadcast via satellite by the Lebanese television station NTV, it had a fan base that spanned the Arab world, and he frequently traveled to Arab cities to host cooking workshops.