In 'Saha', Greg Malouf returns to the land of his ancestors to explore its broad and influential cuisine. Stretching from neighbouring Persia throughout the Mediterranean to North Africa, the roots of Greg's culinary history are here in the land of his forbears, and together with writing partner Lucy Malouf and photographer Matt Harvey, he embarks on a month-long culinary journey. The cuisine in 'Saha' is traditional and inspirational; enticingly spiced and fragrant with flower waters. From hearty peasant dishes to more subtly spiced specialties from ancient palaces, the dishes are complex in flavour yet not overly complicated to make at home. Heartwarming stories and recipes from the people Greg and Lucy meet on their journey are teamed with evocative images and Greg's own unique take on this history-rich and exciting cuisine, capturing the spirit of the modern and the ancient; the characters, dishes, flavours and colours that make up Lebanon and Syria in this highly illustrated and lavishly designed volume.
Along with writing partner Lucy Malouf, Greg has produced six beautiful and award-winning books on different cuisines, the latest being Malouf: New Middle Eastern Food, to continued acclaim. In 2011, he was honoured as Ambassador by The American University in Beirut for his achievements in promoting Lebanese cuisine around the world. In 2012 Greg left the award-winning MoMo restaurant in Melbourne, Australia, to take over the reins at the iconic Petersham Nurseries Cafe in Richmond, UK. His Middle Eastern take on seasonal dining earned the restaurant a Michelin star. Greg is now based in Dubai, where he is opening a multi-million dollar modern Middle Eastern restaurant in May 2014. Lucy Malouf is a food writer and editor. Together with her former husband, Greg Malouf, she is the co-author of Arabesque, Moorish, Saha, Turquoise, Saraban and Malouf: New Middle Eastern Food. Her writing has appeared in compendiums of the best Australian food writing and she also contributes regularly to Australian and International newspapers, journals and magazines. In addition to her own projects, Lucy has collaborated with some of Australia's best known chefs on their recipe books and is regarded as one of the most experienced food editors in the publishing industry. Lucy and her husband George, live in a converted Kentish barn in the UK. Acclaimed as the master of modern Middle Eastern cooking, Greg Malouf has transformed the Australian restaurant scene with his innovative food. Greg's reputation as the creator of a new style of cooking known as 'Modern Middle Eastern' - which has changed forever the perception of Middle Eastern food in the West - reaches far beyond his native Australia.