The Sahadi’s Guide to Understanding, Buying, and Using Middle Eastern Ingredients
Authors - Christine Sahadi Whelan and Kristin Teig
Sumac. Urfa pepper. Halvah. Pomegranate molasses. Preserved lemons. The seasonings, staples, and spice blends used throughout the Middle East region have endless potential to transform food - once you know how to use them. In Flavors of the Sun, the people behind the iconic Brooklyn market Sahadi's showcase the versatility of these ingredients in over 120 simple dishes, including starters, salads, soups, family-friendly meals, and desserts. With sections devoted to Bright, Savory, Spiced, Nutty, and Sweet accents, it offers inspiration, techniques, and intensely flavourful recipes for using everything from Aleppo pepper to za'atar with confidence. Throughout, no-recipe recipes help build up your flavour intuition so you can effortlessly use, and use up, any of the featured spices, condiments, and preserves and breathe new life into your standard repertoire in the process.
Christine Sahadi Whelan is the culinary director and a fourth-generation co-owner of Sahadi's. Sahadi's is a James Beard America's Classic Award–winning specialty food store in Brooklyn, New York. Established in 1890, when Abrahim Sahadi emigrated from Lebanon, Sahadi's on Atlantic Avenue has been providing New York's Middle Eastern community with a taste of home since 1948. A second outpost and cafe opened in 2020. Visit them online at sahadis.com.