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Egyptian Recipes

Egypt as a whole, and in particular the Nile Delta and Nile Valley, has long been known for its agricultural produce - indeed in Roman times, it was considered the bread basket of the Mediterranean. Modern Egyptian cuisine reflects these traditions, and Egyptian cuisine tends to emphasize vegetables and legumes.
  • Ful medames - Ful medames is a popular meal that many consider to be Egypt's national dish. it is mostly eaten for breakfast, is sometimes considered a "peasant food" and is extremely filling (the effect has been described as a "stone in the stomach"). During Ramadan, the month when participating Muslims fast between dawn and sunset, the filling nature of the dish is of course considered a great advantage. Ful medames is made by mashing (partially or completely) fava beans, and then slow cooking them. The mashed cooked beans are eaten with onion, olive oil, parsley garlic and lemon.

  • Falafel - Chickpeas or fava beans made into a ball and fried.

  • Kufta - Ground mead with onions and spices made into a meatball.

  • Malukhiyah stew - A stew made from mallow leaves and chicken stock. It is flavored using coriander and garlic, and then served with chicken and white rice.

  • Kebab halla - Beef with onions.

  • Shawarma - Slivers of meat (chicken, goat or lamb) in pita bread with hummus, cucumber and tomato.

  • Kushari - Rice served with brown lentils, chickpeas and macaroni. Kushari is served topped with a spicy tomato sauce, garlic and vinegar. Caramelized onions are often used an a garnish. Although traditionally a vegetarian dish, nowadays kushari is sometimes topped with shawarma meat or fried liver.
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Egyptian Cooking: And Other Middle Eastern Recipes

By Samia Abdennour

American University in Cairo Press
Spiral-bound (240 pages)

Egyptian Cooking: And Other Middle Eastern Recipes
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Since its original publication twenty years ago, Samia Abdennour’s Egyptian Cooking has become a true classic - a must-have cookbook for anyone who wants to eat as the Egyptians do. From hearty staples like foul midammis (stewed fava beans) and kushari (a mix of pasta, rice, and lentils under a rich tomato sauce) to more complex meals such as roast leg of lamb and baked stuffed fish, Egyptian Cooking runs the gamut of the national cuisine. Now, in this revised and expanded edition, Abdennour has added over eighty new recipes from all over the Middle East, including some of the most popular dishes from the Levant, the Gulf, and North Africa. With some 480 recipes and mouthwatering color photographs, this versatile guide gives users a wide array of basic meals and sumptuous dishes.
With entries organized under the categories of Mezze, Breakfast, Main Courses, Sweets and Desserts, and Beverages, Egyptian Cooking offers a comprehensive collection of Middle Eastern recipes in one volume. Spiral-bound for easy accessibility while cooking, this practical handbook offers detailed advice on shopping, food preparation, and unusual ingredients, as well as the Arabic names for individual items and recipes. Ideal for the novice as well as the experienced cook, this expanded edition of an Egyptian bestseller is the ideal introduction to cooking this delicious cuisine at home.

Egyptian Cookbook: Enjoy Authentic Egyptian Cooking with 50 Delicious Egyptian Recipes

By BookSumo Press

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Paperback (150 pages)

Egyptian Cookbook: Enjoy Authentic Egyptian Cooking with 50 Delicious Egyptian Recipes
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Easy Egyptian Cooking

Get your copy of the best and most unique Egyptian recipes from BookSumo Press!

Come take a journey with us into the delights of easy cooking. The point of this cookbook and all our cookbooks is to exemplify the effortless nature of cooking simply.

In this book we focus on Egyptian. The Easy Egyptian Cookbook is a complete set of simple but very unique Egyptian recipes. You will find that even though the recipes are simple, the tastes are quite amazing.

So will you join us in an adventure of simple cooking?

Here is a Preview of the Egyptian Recipes You Will Learn:

  • Egyptian Chickpea Veggies Omelet
  • Egyptian Beef Pie
  • Egyptian Kofta Burgers
  • Egyptian Saucy Fish Logs
  • Egyptian Winter Pie
  • Egyptian Lamb Soup
  • Egyptian Lemon Fish Casserole
  • Egyptian Lemon Bean Soup
  • Egyptian Lamb Chops with Swiss Chard Sauce
  • Egyptian Homemade Pizzas
  • Egyptian Sirloin Pie
  • Egyptian Veggies Casserole Dish
  • Egyptian Molokheya Stew
  • Egyptian Eggs and Tomato Skillet
  • Egyptian Pineapple Fish Kabobs
  • Egyptian Spinach and Chicken Stew
  • Egyptian Falafels Sliders
  • Egyptian Roasted Lemon Chicken
  • Egyptian Side Rice
  • Egyptian Hot Sesame Carrot Cream
  • Much, much more!

Again remember these recipes are unique so be ready to try some new things. Also remember that the style of cooking used in this cookbook is effortless. So even though the recipes will be unique and great tasting, creating them will take minimal effort!

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The Pharaoh's Kitchen: Recipes from Ancient Egypt's Enduring Food Traditions

By Magda Mehdawy

The American University in Cairo Press
Paperback (176 pages)

The Pharaoh s Kitchen: Recipes from Ancient Egypt s Enduring Food Traditions
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Judging from the evidence available from depictions of daily life on tombs and in historical texts, the ancient Egyptians were just as enthusiastic about good food and generous hospitality as are their descendants today. Magda Mehdawy and Amr Hussein have done extensive research on the cultivation, gathering, preparation, and presentation of food in ancient Egypt and have developed nearly a hundred recipes that will be perfectly recognizable to anyone familiar with modern Egyptian food.
Beautifully illustrated with scenes from tomb reliefs, objects and artifacts in museum exhibits, and modern photographs, the recipes are accompanied by explanatory material that describes the ancient home and kitchen, cooking vessels and methods, table manners and etiquette, banquets, beverages, and ingredients. Traditional feasts and religious occasions with their own culinary traditions are described, including some that are still celebrated today. A glossary of ingredients and place names provides a useful guide to unfamiliar terms.

Nile Style: Egyptian Cuisine and Culture: Expanded Edition

By Amy Riolo

Paperback (240 pages)

Nile Style: Egyptian Cuisine and Culture: Expanded Edition
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Now available in an expanded paperback edition, Nile Style is the first cookbook devoted to the multi-ethnic and multi-religious history of the Egyptian table. Twenty-five unique menus celebrate occasions such as the Ancient Nile Festival, Ramadan Breakfast, and Passover. Each menu includes a historical and anecdotal introduction along with the recipes. From classics like Fava Bean Puree, Yogurt with Honey, and Whole-Wheat Pita Bread, to Lamb-Filled Phyllo Triangles and Peanut, Coconut, and Raisin Baklava, there is something here to tempt every palate!


  • More than 150 easy-to-follow recipes
  • Egyptian Food History Timelines
  • Glossary of Egyptian Ingredients and Where to Buy Guide
  • Where to Dine in Egypt Guide
  • 16-page color photo insert


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