A chef returns to the land of his ancestors for a month-long culinary journey comprising the characters, dishes, flavors, and colors of Lebanon and Syria. Stretching from the neighboring Persian lands throughout the Mediterranean to North Africa, the travelogue explores the roots of one man's rich history and a part of the world that is seldom visited through both traditional and modern influential cuisine. From hearty peasant dishes to more subtly-spiced specialties from ancient palaces, the recipes are complex in flavor yet not complicated to make. Enhanced by evocative photographs and the heartwarming stories of people met along the way, the book becomes a sensual and visual Middle Eastern feast.
Greg Malouf's first book was the widely acclaimed Arabesque (co-written with Lucy Malouf), winner of the Best Hard-Cover Recipe Book at the Jacob's Creek World Food Media Awards and winner of the Barilla Award for Best Hard-Cover Recipe Book at the Vittoria Australian Food Writers' Awards. Greg's second book, Moorish, has recently been nominated in the 2002 APA Design Awards.