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10 Authentic Egyptian Cookbooks & Recipe Books

When it comes to Egypt, most of us will think of the endless historical, cultural, and recreational sites to visit, such as the pyramids, the River Nile, the Sphinx, and the Red Sea. But there is another equally exciting thing to keep in mind, and experience when visiting this country is their gastronomy. Here is a list of 10 best Egyptian cookbooks with the best authentic recipes that you can try right in your own Kitchen to enrich your family table.

My Egyptian Grandmother’s Kitchen: Traditional Dishes Sweet and Savory

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“Delighted with this book, and regret not yet having time to cook from it, but I shall. Recipes seem simple and family irientated, which I love. This is also a healthy cuisine”- jaytarq

In this beautifully illustrated collection, the author has compiled the complete collection of Egyptian recipes. Drawing on the traditional recipes of her and other members of Mehdawy’s generation, she offers a range of sumptuous recipes with surprisingly unique flavors. In particular, colorful illustrations are included throughout the entire book.

In addition, the cuisine of Alexandria, Mediterranean city, will also be emphasized to offer a wide selection of seafood dishes, such as shrimp kufta with rice and baked sardines. The recipes will be divided and grouped by categories such as Stuffed Vegetables, Broths and Soups, Pickles, Jams, Poultry, and Desserts

Besides, the author also lists useful health information as well as practical advice on buying the best quality ingredients and where to find them.

Not only beginners but also chefs who are familiar with Egyptian cuisine will find new dishes in this book.

About the author: Magda Mehdawy studied and held a degree in archeology at the University of Alexandria. She was awarded the Al-Ahram Appreciation Prize for the original Arabic edition of My Egypt Grandmother in the Kitchen in 2004. Magda also won the Gourmand World Cookbook Award, the Best Book of the World 2007. Now, she lives in Alexandria.

Authentic Egyptian Cooking: From the Table of Abou El Sid

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“Great resource for proper Egyptian recipes.. my Egyptian husband loves the. Dishes I prepare… Love.the book!”- Taqui Quinta

Abou El Sid is one of Cairo’s most famous restaurants with authentic Egyptian cuisine. Over 50 of their most classic recipes will be featured in this cookbook for easy access and enjoyment by home cooks worldwide.

Any native Egyptians will recognize their favorites, from holiday foods like Fettah to appetizers like aubergine with special lentils, garlic, and tahina. Each recipe is illustrated with beautiful color images to inspire you.

About the author: Nehal Leheta is the author of this book who has a strong passion for food. She is known to be an interior designer in Cairo and has designed several restaurant interiors in Egypt. In addition, Nehal Leheta is also a co-founder of Design Point – an interior and architecture design and consulting firm.

Egyptian Cookbook: Enjoy Authentic Egyptian Cooking with 50 Delicious Egyptian Recipes (3rd Edition)

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“Nice book, great looking recipes.”- Danell H

In this book, you will be provided with the best and most unique Egyptian recipes from BookSumo Press. You can find that all the methods are straightforward, but the taste quite memorable, unique, and enjoyable. Especially with any recipe in this cookbook, you will not have to spend too much effort on them.

About the author: BookSumo Press is an easy, unique, and healthy cookbook publisher. Their cookbook will help you to cook with any ingredients. All BookSumo Press cookbooks are accessible and straightforward. Four other BookSumo Press cookbooks we will also cover in this post are:

  • North African Recipes: Moroccan Recipes, Algerian Recipes, Tunisian Recipes and More in One Delicious African Cookbook (2nd Edition)
  • Tunisian Cookbook: Enjoy Authentic North-African Cooking in Tunisian Style with Delicious Tunisian Recipes
  • Tunisian Cookbook: Enjoy Authentic North-African Cooking in Tunisian Style with Delicious Tunisian Recipes (2nd Edition)
  • Tunisia: From Tunis to Sfax Taste Delicious Cooking from Tunisia

The Taste of Egypt: Home Cooking from the Middle East

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“Very useful and well written with beautiful photographs”- TALAAT S. TADROS

“The Taste of Egypt: Home Cooking from the Middle East” is the perfect combination of appealing recipes with a fresh, modern design. These recipes will bring the subtle colors and flavors of Egyptian and Middle Eastern cuisine to your Kitchen in an unpretentious, down-to-earth style.

You’ll be impressed with fabulous appetizers like stuffed-vine leaves and roast eggplant dip, summer salads to fill the picnic, or hearty slow-cooked beans and basterma (grass-seasoned beef curry) to evoke the bustling warmth of Middle Eastern food. Presented in a vibrant, accessible style, this book is a tribute to Egypt’s great culinary traditions and delightful addition to modern home chefs.

About the author: Dyna Eldaief often blogged and posted clips of her mother’s recipes on YouTube. Aside from regularly sharing Middle Eastern recipes on her blog, she also participates in cooking classes. Dyna Eldaief currently lives in Melbourne with her husband and three children.

The Pharaoh’s Kitchen: Recipes from Ancient Egypts Enduring Food Traditions

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“Many recipes and facts about ancient Egypt that helps understand the food history of the Mediterranian countries.”- Leo Gammals

“The Pharaoh’s Kitchen: Recipes from Ancient Egypts Enduring Food Traditions” shares a range of delicious recipes with beautifully illustrated pictures. In addition, the author will include explanatory material describing the ancient home and Kitchen, table manners and etiquette, cooking vessels and methods, banquets, beverages, and ingredients in each recipe.

Furthermore, you will also be introduced to traditional ceremonies and religious occasions, with some of the included culinary traditions still held to this day. The glossary of elements and landmarks is helpful when you come across unfamiliar terms.

About the author: Magda Mehdawy studied and graduated from Archeology at Alexandria University. She is also passionate about food and is the author of My Egyptian Grandmother in the Kitchen (AUC Press, 2006). This book received the Al-Ahram Appreciation Award for the original Arabic edition in the 2004 Arabic edition. She currently lives in Alexandria.

Amr Hussein is an artist and graphic designer who graduated from Cairo University in 1979 with a degree in archeology.

Egyptian Cooking: And Other Middle Eastern Recipes

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“Great range of recipes from scratch. It has a lot of gluten-free and vegan-friendly foods as well as meat-based recipes.”- T.Rex

With 485 recipes with flexible instructions and attractive coloring photos, this book brings you a wide range of basic meals and hearty dishes. Recipes sorted by categories Main Course, Sweets, Mezze, Breakfast, and Desserts and Drinks, you will be provided with a comprehensive collection of Middle Eastern recipes in one set.

In addition, this cookbook also provides detailed advice on shopping, food preparation, and unusual ingredients. In particular, you will find Arabic names for each dish and recipe.

“Egyptian Cooking: And Other Middle Eastern Recipes” would be the perfect choice for both novices and experienced chefs; this Egyptian bestseller guarantees an ideal introduction to cook this delicious dish at home.

About the author: Samia Abdennour was born in Palestine and came to Egypt in 1947. Besides, she is also the author of Egyptian customs and festivals (AUC Press, 2007).

Egyptian Inspired Recipes: A Complete Cookbook of Exotic Egyptian Dish Ideas!

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“Beautifully written cookbook, the recipes are great”- L. Anh

“Egyptian Inspired Recipes: A Complete Cookbook of Exotic Egyptian Dish Ideas!” will offer Egyptian recipes loved by all family members. You will find recipes from breakfast to the main course, appetizer, side dish, and dessert.

About the author: Anthony Boundy is a food blogger with a deep understanding of many different cuisines in the world. If you love her recipes, you can read some of her other popular books:

  • German Style Recipes: An Illustrated Cookbook of European Dish Ideas!
  • Scrumptious Skillet Recipes: Your Go-to Cookbook of Quick & Easy Dish Ideas!
  • Southern-Style Recipes: A Complete Cookbook of Down-Home Dish Ideas!
  • The Polish Style Recipes: An Illustrated Cookbook of European Dish Ideas!
  • Mouthwatering Miso Recipes: A Complete Cookbook of Asian Miso Dish Ideas!
  • The Soup for Everyone Cookbook: Enjoy the Comfort of Soup

The Best in Egyptian Food: Enjoy These Recipes from Old

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“Good cookbook, it contains many interesting recipes”- By CJs Pirate

Egypt is not only famous for its ancient culture, monuments, and revolutions, but it is also popular with its excellent cuisine. Egyptian food is a combination of different civilizations coming to Egypt. In this book, you will have access to 30 of the most delicious and popular dishes served in Egypt.

About the author: April Blomgren is the author of this book. She is a prolific book writer, and at the same time, she also loves to cook and treat friends and family every weekend.

Food fit for Pharaohs: An Ancient Egyptian Cookbook

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“Bought this book for a 6th-grade project on Egypt. The recipes are ok. The artwork is beautiful.”- Cindy Hymer

The fertility of the Nile valley provided the ancient Egyptians with a delicious and healthy diet. You will find staples like bread and beer or herbs and spices like mint, dill, and cumin.

The author created and introduced you to 35 recipes of dishes pharaoh and their people may have eaten, including soups, main dishes, starters and snacks, desserts, and baking.

About the author: Michelle Berriedale-Johnson is the author of this book. Also, the author has many other books that always receive different appreciation from customers, such as:

  • Cooking Gluten, Wheat and Dairy Free: 200 Recipes for Coeliacs, Wheat, Dairy and Lactose Intolerants
  • FreeFrom All’Italiana: Primi: Gluten-free recipes for Italian pasta, rice, and pulses dishes
  • High Blood Pressure: Natural Self-help for Hypertension, including 60 recipes (Eat to Beat)
  • The Everyday Wheat-Free and Gluten-Free Cookbook: Recipes for Coeliacs & Wheat Intolerants
  • Catering Safely for Food Allergy Sufferers: A Chef’s Guide
  • Diabetic Cooking for One and Two

Nile Style: Egyptian Cuisine and Culture: Ancient Festivals, Significant Ceremonies, and Modern Celebrations (Hippocrene Cookbook Library)

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“The recipes in “Nile Style” are easy and accessible to the average American–yet they are pretty much authentic.”- Mayflower Girl

From classics like soups, main dishes, starters, and snacks, desserts, and baking, “Nile Style” marks the range of the Egyptian kitchens through recipes that appeal to all tastes. The book includes 23 entirely on menus showcasing, 150 easy-to-follow recipes, and more.

About the author: Amy Riolo is an internationally award-winning author, consultant, educator, and culinary personality. She is a co-author of Arabian Delights (2007) and The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook (2010).

Besides, Riolo has taught and worked as a chef and restaurant consultant in Egypt. In 2008, there, she was named The Cook to the Kings by a newspaper in Cairo. She currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area and maintains a home in Egypt.

We hope you like this post and finally find out your favorite Egyptian cookbooks. Meanwhile, we welcome you to explore our site and discover more cookbook recommendations from the same cuisine below.

Doris Frasier

Hi. I'm Doris! I am a foodie that has traveled to 78 countries and loves trying cuisines from different countries. I try anything related to food and share my opinions on this blog. Send me a message with any requests!
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