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10 Best Vegetarian Middle Eastern Cookbooks & Recipe Books

Do you think about starting on a vegetarian diet to have a fit body and get better health? Or are you already a vegetarian and desire to add something exotic and more delicious to your daily meals? Do you believe plant-based recipes can be extremely flavorful and addictive? Well, if you are in any situation we mentioned, then this post is for you. We are going to share with you 10 Middle East vegetarian cookbooks that are promised to change your experiences with food and cooking once and for all.

The Middle Eastern Vegetarian Cookbook

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“Love, love, love this cookbook, Want to try all of the recipes. Enjoyed the personal stories of her life and learned a lot about MidEastern spices and how they are used”- Amazon Customer

The book consists of 150 classic vegetarian recipes which are inspired by Middle Eastern flavors. All recipes focus on making the most of plant-based ingredients and traditional spices of the Middle Eastern region. Especially, at the beginning of each recipe, there are short stories related to the food and ingredients that make the book more interesting to follow.

Besides, through the book, you will know how to use the 7 amazing spices of Lebanon (sumac, cumin, pomegranate molasses, za’atar,…) in your home cooking like a master.

About the Author: Salma Hage is a home cook. She was born in Lebanon and has had more than 50 years of experiencing Lebanon cuisine and the Middle Eastern in general. She has also written several cookbooks sharing her Lebanese recipes with readers.

New Feast: Modern Middle Eastern Vegetarian

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“Beautiful book. Well-written recipes that work. So grateful to have books like this celebrating just how good vegetarian food can be”- Amazon Customer

This book is full of mouth-watering plant-based Middle Eastern dishes which are super suitable for vegetarians who want to add more exotic and flavorful recipes to their diet. It is designed into 20 sections. There are sections for Bread, Soups, Desserts, Raw Vegetable Salads, Cooked Vegetable Salads, Cakes & Cookies, and so much more. You can create your own menus based on the wide range of recipes in the book.

This is a wonderful cookbook for those who want to explore Middle Eastern food and cooking techniques.

About the Authors:

Greg Malouf is a Michelin-starred chef. He has spent his whole life promoting the uniqueness and beauty of Lebanese cuisine. He now lives in Dubai.

Lucy Malouf is Greg Malouf’s ex-wife. She is a food blogger who has published several cookbooks with her ex-husband. She now resides in the UK.

Other cookbooks by the authors:

  • Malouf: New Middle Eastern Food
  • Artichoke to Za’atar: Modern Middle Eastern Food
  • SUQAR: Desserts & Sweets from the Modern Middle East 

Classic Vegetarian Cooking from the Middle East & North Africa

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“My go-to recipe book. Pretty much everything I’ve tried has worked out and been absolutely delicious! Most of the ingredients are cheap and easy to acquire, too, and the dishes are easy to make. At least 50% of my dinners now come from this cookbook”- Amazon Customer

If you are looking for vegetarian recipes from the Middle East that are both tasty and affordable, this book will be your answer. It is full of incredibly flavorful recipes yet so simple to make with friendly ingredients that you can find in any supermarket. Each recipe comes with a short introduction to the food that provides you interesting information about the food you are going to cook.

Do you want to make delicious and beautiful bread, pizzas, omelets, yogurts, salads, etc? Or do you want to make the most of vegetables in your kitchen? Don’t hesitate to give this cookbook a try.

About the Author: Habeeb Salloum is a cookbook author. His writings have been featured in some popular magazines such as the Gourmet or the Vegetarian Times. He now lives in Canada. Besides food and cooking, he also writes about the history and culture of countries he has traveled to.

Other cookbooks by the author:

  • The Scent of Pomegranates and Rose Water: Reviving the Beautiful Food Traditions of Syria
  • Sweet Delights from a Thousand and One Nights: The Story of Traditional Arab Sweets

Tahini and Turmeric: 101 Middle Eastern Classics — Made Irresistibly Vegan

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“The recipes here are easy, unique, and are so incredibly tasty! This book adds a dash of advice on protein and other thoughts to consider while adopting a vegan diet. It incorporates tastes from Spain and the Middle East.” – Amazon Customer

This book is a perfect answer for those who want to dig deeper into Middle Eastern cuisine. It is really a masterpiece with flavorful and healthy recipes from Middle Eastern countries such as Lebanon, Israel, and Turkey. Everything in this book from the layout, writing style, or beautiful photos will draw your attention and take your heart at the first sight

Besides the recipes, you can also find in the book amazing stories about Middle Eastern foods and helpful cooking tips that are promised to change your life forever.

About the Author: Vicky Cohen and Ruth Fox are sisters. They together have published their first cookbook sharing their amazing vegetarian Middle Eastern recipes with people. They now reside in the US.

New Middle Eastern Vegetarian, the: Modern Recipes from Veggiestan

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“I use this book all the time. It is great for quick and tasty weekday meals, but also has some more impressive (but still easy) recipes for entertaining”- Amazon Customer

This is a go-to cookbook for those who want to diversìy their daily vegetarian menu. It guides you through amazing cuisines of the Middle Eastern countries to enrich your knowledge about not only the foods but also the tradition and culture of this region. The book gives you wonderful and creative ideas to prepare and cook plant-based ingredients while still keeping their original flavors.

About the Author: Sally Butcher is a cookbook author who has received several awards for her bestselling cookbooks. She runs a Persian food store in London with her husband.

Here is another cookbook by the same author we want to share with you today:

Veggiestan: A Vegetable Lover’s Tour of the Middle East

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“Another one of my favorite cookbooks. Got one for a Vegetarian friend, then had to get one for me. Well worth it for people who love veggie food and the middle eastern flavors”- Amazon Customer

The book is a collection of worth-trying vegetarian recipes from the Middle East. It is a good choice for beginners who don’t have many experiences in cooking vegetarian dishes. Each recipe comes with detailed information about cooking steps and ingredients needed that help even a novice cook can follow easily. Especially, the author gives you alternative options just in case you can’t find the exact ingredients for the dish.

This book is more than a cookbook. It gives you an insight into the beauty of the Middle Eastern culinary

Vegetarian Dishes from the Middle East

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“This is a great cookbook of Middle East recipes that you don’t find elsewhere. I think they are more home-style recipes. Most of the recipes are pretty easy to make but full of flavor.”- Amazon Customer

The book offers you a wide range of recipes from Middle East countries including Turkey¸ Iran, Israel, and the Arab countries. Through the book, you will know how to turn vegetables, fruits, nuts, and other plant-based ingredients into flavorful and tasty dishes. It is a perfect cookbook for those who are interested in both traditional and modern versions of classic Middle Eastern dishes.

About the Author: Arto der Haroutunian was a painter whose works have been displayed in many worldwide exhibitions. Besides painting, he also had a special passion for food and cooking. He died in 1987 at the age of 47.

Other cookbooks by the author:

  • Sweets and Desserts from the Middle East
  • North African Cookery
  • A Turkish Cookbook

Yasou: A Magical Fusion of Greek & Middle Eastern Vegan Cuisine

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“Whether you are vegan or not, this recipe book is amazing! The photos are works of art, and the recipes are delicious! “- Amazon Customer

This cookbook will be the healthiest, tastiest yet simplest book you ever have in your collection. Each and every recipe is presented in a very artistic way with gorgeous close-up illustrations and helpful cooking tricks. You can find a bunch of vegetarian recipes for delicious dishes such as Aubergine Maqluba¸ Kalo Prama, Baked Fasolia Pie, Crispy Fried Calamari, and so much more. They are all delicious and 100% good for your body.

About the Author: Mirriam Sorrel is a food blogger and a vegan chef. She is also recognized as a passionate recipe creator. She has won many awards for her contributions to the food and cooking industry. Although she was born in the UK, she now lives in Malta with her lovely family.

Lebanese Home Cooking: Simple, Delicious, Mostly Vegetarian Recipes from the Founder of Beirut’s Souk El Tayeb Market 

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“Excellent cookbook with delicious easy to follow recipes. It is like a cultural anthropology book through the teats of Lebanon. Well researched and well written”- Amazon Customer

Talking about vegetarian Middle Eastern dishes, it would be a huge mistake if we don’t mention fantastic recipes from Lebanon. This book provides you over 50 authentic vegetarian recipes that are prepared and cooked in the Lebanese way. You can find recipes for classic dishes such as mouaa’janat, mujadara, kebbeh, and so much more. They are all not too complicated for home-cooking and can be made within less than 30 minutes.

Especially, the author also provides you interesting cultural information about Lebanese cuisine and culinary.

About the Author: Kamal Mouzawak is the founder of the Souk el-Tayeb- a market with a mission is to preserve the food tradition of Lebanon. He also owns a restaurant named Tawlet that is recognized as one of the best restaurants in the world.

A Lebanese Feast of Vegetables, Pulses, Herbs, and Spices

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“I love this book. It’s so refreshing to have these classic recipes in a vegetarian version. Our family used this book last Ramadan for meatless Iftar options and I lost 5 pounds by not eating meat or dairy”- Amazon Customer

This is another cookbook about Lebanese cuisine we want to include in the list today. It is full of incredible recipes that make the most of traditional Lebanese ingredients. There are recipes for many courses of a meal from appetizers to desserts. You can even find recipes for street food. They are all so simple to make at home but still have amazingly delicious flavors.

About the Author: Mona Hamadeh was born and grew up in Lebanon. Her love for Lebanese cuisine has begun since she was very young. She always enjoys cooking Lebanese dishes for her friends and family. She is also a cooking teacher. She now lives in the UK with her husband and five lovely children.

We hope you like this post and finally find out your favorite Middle East vegetarian 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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