The Levantine Table
By Ghillie Basan
2022 • Ryland Peters & Small
Small plates to relish (relish being the original meaning of the Persian word maza from which the term mezze derives) include popular dips, salads and small bites – hummus, baba ganoush, tabbouleh and falafel – as well as less familiar recipes to discover. Freshly grilled fish and seafood, served with yogurt dips flavoured with spicy harissa paste, or a simple coupling of mint and cucumber, are just the start of an ocean odyssey of tastes. For carnivores, chicken dishes are enhanced by all manner of spicy marinades, such as Paprika and Lemon-Infused Taouk; or how about Grilled Skewers of Beef with a Tahini-Based Tarator Sauce; or one of the greats of Levantine feasting, a Slow-Roasted Lamb Shoulder steeped in spices and served with a Pomegranate, Yogurt and Pistachio Sauce. You’ll want to return to these deliciously fresh and exciting dishes time and again.
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