Author(s): Merijn Tol
Merijn Tol and Nadia set out on a journey that took them across the Middle East, where they spent time with home cooks to learn the secrets of the land's delicious, healthy recipes Each of the 100 recipes is accompanied by a photograph, illustrating how alive with colour the region's food is. But it is the taste and texture of the foods that will win readers' hearts: creamy labne, sweet pomegranate, flaky filo pastry, silky hummus. There are whole grains, like simply summer bulgur salads and vegetable couscous, exotic and exciting spices like harissa and saffron and sweets, like watermelon granita mixed with rosewater and chutney made with orange blossom and sesame. With recipes easy enough for cooking novices, Under the Shade of Olive Trees will transport readers to a magical, delicious region of the world.
Merijn Tol and Nadia Zerouali are Dutch and Lebanese food writers with a fierce passion for Arabic and Mediterranean food. They are regular contributors for well-known Dutch magazines like delicious. They develop recipes and do food styling for food companies and brands and write for restaurant guides like the Italian Identita Golose. They organise food-related events for Slow Food and for Youth Food Movement.