Cooking & Entertaining

Bayrut: The Cookbook: Recipes from the heart of a Lebanese city kitchen

A stunning, authentic, and evocative cookbook on the food of Beirut - the heart of Lebanon.

Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, is an exhilarating, chaotic city with a tumultuous past yet a thriving, vibrant foodie reputation. Perfectly poised between the Middle East and the Mediterranean, Lebanese cuisine is hugely popular — famed for its varied and flavourful regional dishes that emphasise whole grains, fresh fruits, vegetables, and seafood.  

Beirut’s ever-changing, often turbulent, heritage means that its food has evolved an exciting character of its own. In this book, Hisham Assaad shows you the best the city has to offer, with accessible, delicious recipes, ranging from the classics to more modern fare. He tells the story of a city with energy and diversity, of multiple cultures and traditions, with ever-popular street food, a thriving restaurant and café scene, and traditional family favourites handed down through generations. Learn to create lavish breakfast spreads, traditional Sunday feasts, fresh and vibrant salads, easy and nutritious suppers, or even a delectable afternoon tea with tempting perfumed sweets and delicacies. 

With stunning food and travel photography, this book will transport you to the cultural melting pot that is Beirut — a city that excels at mouth-watering food.

About The Author

Hisham Assaad is a Lebanese chef and photographer who regularly shares recipes and stories on his blog, cookin5m2. Raised in a food-loving family that came to Lebanon from Palestine in the 1940s, his work has featured in print and online magazines. He works as a guide on boutique food tours of Beirut and the surrounding countryside and is a frequent guest chef at local restaurants and festivals. He lives in Dbayeh on the outskirts of Beirut. This is his first book.

  • Publish Date: October 19, 2021
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Cooking - Regional & Ethnic - Middle Eastern
  • Publisher: Smith Street Books
  • Trim Size: 8 x 10
  • Pages: 224
  • US Price: $35.00
  • CDN Price: $47.00
  • ISBN: 978-1-925811-69-8


"The energy, diversity and intoxicating food culture of Lebanon’s vibrant capital Beirut (aka, Bayrut), make it one of the most incredible cities in the Middle East. Famed for its varied, flavourful dishes that emphasize whole grains, fresh fruits, vegetables and seafood, Beirut is a true foodies paradise." —EAT YOUR BOOKS