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Mouneh: Preserving Foods for the Lebanese Pantry

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Mouneh: Preserving Foods for the Lebanese Pantry

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Mouneh: Preserving Foods for the Lebanese Pantry

by Barbara Abdeni Massaad

Preserving food and culture the Lebanese way. The very best memories connecting us to time and place are often stimulated by the tastes and smells of our childhood. Freshly-baked bread, hot from the oven, sweet homemade jam dribbling down our chins, or the burst of flavor in each dried grape, these memories bring a smile to our faces even as they call to mind the people who made them possible.

Do you remember working alongside your grandmother as she lovingly preserved garden-fresh foods to set back for the winter? You watched Jiddo (grandfather) patiently prepare his arak, but could you reproduce his efforts from memory? Are you lucky enough that they kept written records of recipes gleaned from family history and years of experience? If so, count yourself among the very fortunate minority.

The reality for many of us is that we no longer enjoy such a strong connection to our culinary roots. As much as we might wish the contrary, the beauty and simplicity of home-preserved pantry items, the mouneh, taken for granted during our childhood, often seems a lifetime away.

In Barbara Abdeni Massaads book, Mouneh: Preserving Foods for the Lebanese Pantry, we've been thrown a lifeline to a piece of our cultural and culinary identity. So many things we would love to recreate for our own families become possible within these pages, thanks to the authors diligent research, stunning photography, simply presented instructions and delightful stories. About the Author Barbara Abdeni Massaad is a food writer, TV host, and the author of several cookbooks, including Manoushe: Inside the Lebanese Street Corner Bakery and the bestselling Soup for Syria: Recipes to Celebrate our Shared Humanity, which has raised more than $300,000 for food and medical relief for Syrian refugees and was featured on NPR. She is the recipient of the Gourmand Cookbook Award and the International Academy of Gastronomy Award and is a founding member of Slow Food Beirut and an active participant in the International Slow Food movement. Product Details · Hardcover: 592 pages · Publisher: Interlink Books, 2017 · Language: English · ISBN-13: 978-1566560368


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