Written by William Dobson
Dirty Kitchen Secrets
If there’s a more aesthetically pleasing food website out there, from any region, then I’m yet to see it! Not only is Bethany Kehdy a former Miss Universe contestant, but her food photography is stunning. Even more importantly, the recipes are clear, interesting, exotic and mouthwatering. A particular highlight is the pomegranate and za’atar riblets. I’m salivating just thinking about it. Bethany also runs food tours across Lebanon and hosts an international food blogging conference!
Syrian Foodie in London
A personal favourite straight from the old-school days when men were men and blogs were blogs. The photography could be more appealing (who are we to talk though) and Kano sometimes disappears but combining surgery and food blogging can’t be easy. What he does do, however, is have an fantastic selection of simple and delicious recipes for traditional Syrian fare. Ranging from something as basic as an egg sandwich, Syrian style, to more exotic dishes such as chicken livers with pomegranate molasses or muhammara, this is my first stop for authentic Syrian recipes.
Run by two American Egyptians, Heba and Brenda, who ‘found each other on the blogosphere,’ this website has hundreds of recipes from right across the region and is further enhanced by interesting copy, features and interviews. They also throw in a bit of fusion and I’ll be sure to cook their nectarine and plum crumble very soon!
As we are told on her website, ‘Anissa Helou is not at all like the great majority of cookery writers…she has worked for Sotheby’s, opened an antique shop in Paris, was an art consultant to members of the Kuwaiti ruling family and has travelled extensively throughout the world.’ Author of six cookbooks and now running cooking classes in Shoreditch, London, her blog offers a fascinating and tasty look into her kitchen.
Perhaps technically not just Middle Eastern, but there are enough recipes from the region for us to count it. Tahhan, we read, is ‘a new face to the world of cooking, [and] has a genuine passion for food. Coupled with his tongue-in-cheek personality and infectious spirit, he shares his enthusiasm with all those around him. With a flair for Mediterranean cuisine, Tony highlights regional flavours in the dishes he prepares.’ Whether any of this is true, I can’t conclusively say, but his blog features loads of interesting sounding recipes from around the world which reflect the fact that he was born in Venezuela to Middle Eastern parents, grew up in Miami and studied Spanish Literature.
What do you reckon? Get in touch and let us know which ones you think we’ve missed out, why you like the ones we have included, or just to say hi!