Mezze - a leisurely feast comprising a selection of small dishes - is a flexible, sociable way of eating now becoming increasingly popular in the West. Almost any dish that is small and tasty can be served as a mezze, even main course dishes served in small portions. With a tempting collection of 100 recipes from Lebanon, Turkey, Greece, Morocco and Iran, "Modern Mezze" brings this brilliant, relaxed style of food to the home cook. There are recipes for delicious dips and fragrant herby salads, crisp pastries, tasty pulse and grain dishes, colourful vegetables, fish and shellfish bites, plus tempting mezze meat. Clear, step-by-step preparation photographs make the recipes easy to follow and there is also advice on shopping and how to combine dishes to make a successful and achievable mezze meal. Throughout the book, there are features on traditional breads, pickles, olives and drinks to accompany your mezze.
Anissa Helou is a distinguished food writer, journalist and broadcaster, specialising in Middle Eastern, Moroccan and Mediterranean food. She is a frequent guest on radio programmes and has also appeared on television in her own series Hello Helou. She writes regularly for the Weekend Financial Times and contributes to many other publications, including Waitrose Food Illustrated, Gourmet Magazine and Square Meal. Anissa has written a number of very successful cookbooks including Lebanese Cuisine, Street Cafe Morocco, Mediterranean Street Food and The Fifth Quarter, an Offal Cookbook, which received several culinary awards.