Middle Eastern cuisine


Hustling a Shawarma Machine in the Shawarma Capital of Canada

There’s a long story behind how I came to own this machine. It’s a tale involving thousands of dollars worth of industrial kitchen equipment, a hastily cashed certified cheque, and an amicable breakup that left me with a shawarma machine love child.
Hilary Duff
refugee chef

Meet the Falafel King of the Idomeni Refugee Camp

At the Idomeni refugee camp on the border of Greece and Macedonia, you’ll find Syrian chef Tamer: frying chicken, mixing yogurt-tahini sauce, and barking orders to his eager cohort of line cooks.
Kirsten O'Regan
Italian cuisine

The Edible Legacy That Arabs Left in Southern Italy

From ingredients like hard durum wheat that led to the development of pasta to the use of nuts in sweets, the food of Puglia is what it is because of Arab influence.
Stephanie D'Arc Taylor
orange county

Little Arabia Is an Edible Oasis in Southern California

This improbable corridor of Orange County houses a thriving community of Arab-owned bookstores, clothing shops, halal butchers, and hookah lounges—even the local Baja Fresh and Sizzler offer halal meat choices.
Tasbeeh Herwees

A Trip to the West Bank's Cheesy Dessert Capital

I recently traveled to the West Bank town of Nablus, the home of one of the Middle East's favorite desserts: a cheesy, obscenely sweet pastry known as knafeh.
Ilan Ben Zion
Middle Eastern cuisine

This Portland Restaurant Wants to Remake Iraq's Image

Portland's Dar Salam isn't your run-of-the-mill Middle Eastern restaurant. Owner Ghaith Sahib, who survived a car bomb in Baghdad in 2005, and his American wife have made it their mission to rehabilitate Iraq in the American mind through their food.
Brent Crane
middle east

The Middle East Really Likes Vegan Snack Bars

While British diners were busy gorging on Ottolenghi and tabbouleh, the Middle East developed a taste for dairy and gluten-free UK imports.
Phoebe Hurst

Black Tahini Is the Dark Magic of Palestine

In the ancient city of Nablus in the West Bank, Palestinians make an inky black version of tahini called <em>qizha</em> that's just about impossible to source outside of the region. Finding it has become a minor personal obsession.
Luke Pyenson

Persian Food Is a Goldmine for the Intolerant

Middle Eastern cuisine might not seem like a good option for those with problematic bellies, but it turns out that the largely wheat and dairy free food of Persia is an untapped goldmine for the intolerant.
Joe Zadeh

The 1,000-Year-Old Hangover Cure

After a drunken evening of weed-infused wine, you're probably feeling a bit hazy. Take a page from the Arab world's oldest cookbook and treat that hangover with some comfort food fit for a caliph.
Matthew Zuras

Syrian Toshkas Recipe

A grilled pita filled with a thin layer of spiced, ground meat, Aleppan cheese, and thinly sliced tomatoes.
Le Petit Alep