cover image The Mediterranean Dish: 120 Bold and Healthy Recipes You’ll Make on Repeat

The Mediterranean Dish: 120 Bold and Healthy Recipes You’ll Make on Repeat

Suzy Karadsheh. Clarkson Potter, $32.50 (304p) ISBN 978-0-593-23427-3

“Eat with the seasons. Use mostly whole foods. And, above all else, share!” enjoins food blogger Karadsheh in her vibrant debut, a generous trove of go-to recipes steeped in the Mediterranean’s diverse culinary traditions. Karadsheh makes that credo abundantly evident with dishes that put a modern twist on traditional recipes with streamlined techniques tailored to the home cook (“no chefy skills” required). The panzanella is transformed into Mid-summer Tomato and Peach Panzanella, marrying Karadsheh’s Egyptian roots with the signature fruit of her current home in Atlanta. Elsewhere, tuna salad is elevated from the ho-hum, mayo-laden version thanks to Dijon dressing laced with sumac and adorned with kalamata olives, while vegetables and fish are crusted with the versatile dukkah, a toasty blend of sesame seeds, nuts, and spices. Showcasing seasonal and plant-based ingredients (chickpeas, tahini, freekeh)—which reflect the “farm-to-table spirit” of Levantine and Mediterranean pantries—Karadsheh’s recipes are well suited to a variety of occasions, be it a hearty breakfast of spanakopita egg muffins or an azooma (feast) offering ful mudammas (stewed fava beans), and come complete with cooking wisdom from the tetas (grandmothers): “Give generously of yourself,” Karadsheh writes, and “the work of your hands is laced with deliciousness.” This is as full of flavor as it is hospitality. (Sept.)