Top 10 Arabic Cookbooks to Make the Most Delectable Recipes

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Hi, I am Chef Zara. In this post, I will guide you through Arabic Cookbooks.

I love exploring new foods and recipes and cooking with friends and family. One of the most common questions that I often get is for cookbook recommendations. I have created this guide for friends, family, and new friends alike. I hope that you enjoy our site.

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Arab food contains nutrient-dense, chemical-free, locally sourced ingredients that guarantee complete freshness. Arab cuisine also yields wholesome meals and calorie-controlled snacks. Almost every dish combines healthy fats, lean proteins, vegetables, and grains. Nutritious food doesn’t mean eating tasteless meals regarding unique Arab cuisine. You’ll discover that most recipes include a generous amount of flavorful spices and herbs (such as cumin and za’atar) packed into every bite. 

Arabic cuisine uses fresh ingredients to create dishes full of natural flavors, which is why it tastes so excellent. Whether it is Saudi cuisine, Lebanese or Moroccan, you can make authentic recipes in these Arabic cookbooks. Have you always been a fan of Middle Eastern cuisine? Or you’re fond of meat dishes? There is no better way than trying delectable Arabian cuisine from the best-seller Arabian cookbooks. The given books are a great source to get tons of innovative and delicious recipes.  

Top 10 Arabian Cookbooks to Get Delicious Recipes!

1. The Arabian Cookbook

Why We Love It ❤️

This Arabian cookbook is an absolute way to bring Arab cuisine into your kitchen. And that is what makes it our favorite. The Arabian recipe book is a Gourmand World Award-winning cookbook comprising over fifty classic recipes. It has many recipes from Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon, and Iraq.

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Ramzi Choueiry, a well-known chef who transformed Arab food, raised the bar on the world culinary scene with “The Arabian cookbooks: traditional Arab Cuisine with Modern Twist.”

The Arabian cookbook includes straightforward recipes that make making delicious meals as fun as eating them. It is filled with a plethora of different foods. You can make traditional dishes like baba ghanoush, hummus, falafel, and baklava in addition to more atypical ones like dolmades filled with rice, squid ink, fig marmalade with grape molasses, and sour chicken with sumac and walnuts.

If you want to expand your culinary knowledge, these fifty-five recipes, which include everything from appetizers, dips, and main dishes to sweets and pastries, are ideal. All the recipes are in English and Arabic to help you understand quickly. 

This complete Arabian cookbook, which features beautiful images by Bruno Ehrs and an introduction by Bo Masser-a Swedish chef, belongs in every cook’s library.

2. Modern Flavors of Arabia

Why We Love It ❤️

Recipes with unique modern flavors set this Arabian cookbook apart from other recipe books. You can explore the Arabian food culture that dates back centuries. Crafted by Suzanne Husseini, each recipe in the book is an excellent combination of traditional and modern flavors of Arabian cuisine. 

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If you’re looking for recipes that fill your kitchen with the exotic, warm aroma of the Middle East, Modern Flavors of Arabia” is what you need. You will be surprised by the easy-to-make, mouthwatering delicacies given in the cookbook.

With the help of Modern Flavors of Arabia, you can travel to the Middle East and learn about the region’s rich culinary history. Each recipe will astonish and enchant you and add fresh hues, scents, and flavors to your meal. 

Suzanne has paid homage to her mother’s cooking and experience. Her energizing fresh twist on the classics, like scones with dates, orange, cardamom, and crepes studded with sweetened rose syrup and pistachios, will give your cooking skills a unique touch.  

3. The Essential Middle Eastern Cookbook

Why We Love It ❤️

We love the book for the recipes with unique, vibrant flavors. It comes packed with hundred easy-to-make recipes. This Arabian cookbook gives you an authentic taste of the world’s influential culinary regions.  

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With “the Essential Middle Eastern Cookbook,” you create mouthwatering meals like Lebanese Chicken Fatteh, Tabbouleh, fresh pita bread with hummus, and spiced beef tagine. This Arabian cookbook uses ingredients readily available at your local supermarket while maintaining each conventional dish’s distinct tastes and textures. 

The practical pantry basics in this beautiful Middle Eastern cookbook include Bulgur, filo bread, lentils, ghee, and other things you always have on hand.

In this unique Middle Eastern cookbook, you’ll find a detailed guide to saving your spice rack with essential ingredients like mint, cumin, and sumac, as well as recipes for concoctions like za’atar and baharat.

4. Middle Eastern Cooking

Why We Love It ❤️

The book comprises the most unique and innovative Arabian cuisine. A cookbook from BookSumro Press has more than a hundred Middle Eastern recipes. You can create a unique combination of Lebanese and Egyptian recipes in the comfort of your kitchen. 

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Middle Eastern Cooking is for you if you want to experience the delight of easy cooking. The purpose of this cookbook is to demonstrate how simple cooking is. The book focuses on authentic Middle Eastern recipes. Even though the recipes are straightforward, you’ll discover that the flavors are fantastic.

Remember that these recipes are unique, so be willing to experiment. Also, the cooking methods employed in this cookbook are effortless. So, even though the dishes are distinctive and delicious, making them will require a small amount of work. 

That means you can make and enjoy flavorful dishes like Lebanese lemon lentil soup, Lebanese seven spices, Garlicky spice paste, Koosa (Stuffed Zucchini), scrambled veggie eggs, and spicy & tangy tomatoes at home.

5. Arabic Cuisine – Foods from the Middle East

Why We Love It ❤️

Recipes you can create with absolute ease make this Arabic cookbook stand out. This fantastic guide comes with over 80 unique and mouthwatering recipes, including salads, soups, starters, main dishes, snacks, vegetarian dishes, and desserts.

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Arabic Cuisine is a recipe book for folks who want to prepare meals at home with a Middle Eastern touch easily. It is great for those who have never cooked before and wish to get started with easy-to-follow Arabian recipes. It’s also perfect for individuals who are good cooks and want to spice up their meals or like to try out other cooking styles and cuisines.

You can learn to make the best shawarma, falafel, and homemade labneh and try other traditional foods like kibbeh and fattouche. Recipes are organized by breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. The simple-to-follow and beautifully illustrated recipes are accompanied by Salma Banna’s- a famous Arabian cook, stories and suggestions for serving each meal.

6. A Fistful of Lentils

Why We Love ❤️

 The unique history of recipes, family stories, and Syrian cooking style suggestions make it one of the best Arabian cookbooks you can buy. It has interwoven stories throughout the recipes, with beautiful line drawings. 

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Jennifer and Felicia are the creators of this book. They recorded all the delicious Syrian dishes their mother used to make while they were growing up. The book has an amazing collection of recipes from Jennifer and Felicia’s great-grandmother.

The recipes in this cookbook are dynamic and versatile that both the present and future generations can preserve and treasure. This cookbook acts as a torchbearer for a unique culture that has adhered to its origins with tenacity and pride over considerable distances and years.

  You can find some of the finest Syrian dishes not only enjoy family dinners but also at huge parties. From simple food to fancy recipes, “A Fistful of Lentils” has something for everyone.

7. The Ultimate Saudi Cookbook

Why We Love It ❤️

It is hard to find the best home-cooked Arabian meals in any cookbook other than this cookbook. All the recipes use simple ingredients to make tasty and famous dishes from Saudi cuisine. This Slavka Bodic is a great option to indulge in authentic Saudi recipes.

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You can choose from 111 of the best dishes in “The Ultimate Saudi Cookbook .” The author has picked the most classic recipes carefully. Most recipes are of long-standing meals Saudi mothers prepare. It has recipes that are well-rounded, delectable, and nutritious for everyday cooking and every occasion. This comprehensive cookbook provides numerous traditional Saudi recipes and a wide variety of meat, fish, poultry, and seafood selections.

Don’t let trying a new food put you off. The ingredients of each recipe are readily available. To cook with this book, you don’t need to be a professional chef. The Arabic recipes are for beginners and are comprehensive, informative, and plentiful.

The variety of flavors, which range from delicious hummus to tasty desserts and warm and cold salads, will delight even the most jaded foodie.

8. Middle Eastern Sweets

Why We Love It ❤️

 If you have a sweet tooth, this Arabic cookbook is no less than a culinary treat from the famous home cook Salma Hage. Middle Eastern Sweets is an indulgent, authentic collection of desserts suitable for all occasions and recipes.

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You’ll find plenty of inspiration in Salma Hage’s newest cookbook. If you’re a home cook and like to start your day with something sweet, end it with something sweet, or have sweets nearby all day, this is the best cookbook you can have. 

The variety of dishes she includes, such as cream-filled pancakes, spiced cookies, aromatic pastries, and delectable cakes, are inspired by Middle Eastern flavors and diverse cultures, ingredients, and influences. Her recipes are simple to follow and celebrate readily available spices and flavor combinations.

This cookbook is perfect for regular family meals and special occasions because it frequently uses natural sweeteners like dates and honey instead of refined sugar and alternative protein sources like nuts and yogurt. Also, it includes recipes that are inherently gluten-free, vegan, nut-free, and dairy-free.

9. Together: Our Community Cookbook

Why We Love It ❤️

This is one of the fantastic and comprehensive Arabian cookbooks that celebrate cooking’s power and connects people through its variety of versatile recipes. Crafted by local women, “Our Community Cookbook” restores normalcy and creates connections through shared recipes.

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Together is a narrative of the West London neighborhood with over 50 delectable dishes from Hubb Community Kitchen ladies. The women inspire you to prepare their favorite, straightforward recipes from the Middle East, the Eastern Mediterranean, and North Africa for your loved ones. Many of these dishes have been passed down through generations—western world food right in your kitchen.

Every dish uses a few simple ingredients and a straightforward cooking style so that anybody can prepare the family recipes. Each dish also offers a story of history, culture, and family.

Recipes from Together include Persian Chicken with Barberry Rice, Coconut Chicken Curry, Green Chili, Avocado Dip, Caramelized Plum Upside-Down Cake, Eggplant Masala, Spiced Mint Tea, and many more. This beautiful charity cookbook pays tribute to friendship, life, and community.

10. The Arabesque Table

Why We Love It ❤️

The Arabian cookbook has recipes that depict the history and evolution of authentic Arab dishes. All the recipes in this book are rooted in customs yet creatively transcend them.  

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Reem Kassis’s historical studies and cultural understanding are woven with her modern interpretations of astonishingly diversified cuisine in “The Arabesque Table .” The cookbook draws its inspiration from the regional cuisine of the Arab globe.

It introduces you to Arabic cuisine and presents a mosaic of 130 delectable, do-it-yourself dishes. The main ingredients organize the recipes, and the vibrant images bring the food to life. Her story provides a sense of time in addition to flavor.

The Arabesque Table pays homage to the history and culinary journey by celebrating the development of Arab cuisine and the recipes created from cross-cultural interaction.

Final Thoughts

Depending on personal tastes, you can have Authentic Arabic delicious food at any time of the day, whether for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The cuisine is delicious and healthy at the same time. Thus, the Arabian cookbooks mentioned above include easy-to-create, traditional recipes you can make in your kitchen to have a true sense of Arabian culture.

FAQs on Arabian Cookbooks

Q1: What is the most famous Arabian dish?

 Ans. They won’t say hummus if you ask someone to tell you the most well-known Middle Eastern dish. They will almost likely say falafel. The dish from Arabia is prepared and consumed most frequently worldwide.

Q2: What are the most used ingredients in Arabic recipes?

Ans. The following ingredients are a must in almost all Arabian dishes. They are the secret to why Arabian cuisine is healthy and delicious at the same time.

  • Yogurt 

  • Sumac

  • Za’atar

  • Sesame Seeds/Tahini

  • Olive oil

  • Lemon

  • Pomegranate molasses

  • Bulgur

Q3: Are recipes given in the Arabic cookbook worth trying?

Ans. The recipes in the cookbooks are authentic and help you create delicious and healthy dishes without visiting expensive restaurants. 

More about the Best Regional Food to Delight in the Rich Flavors of the Middle East!

Though numerous regional cuisines span the Arab world, Arab cuisine usually incorporates Egyptian and Levantine culinary traditions. Initially, people from the Arabian Peninsula used to rely on dates, rice barley, wheat, meat, and rice with heavy or little emphasis on different yogurt products without butter fat. 

So, Arabian and Middle Eastern cuisines include the following ingredients.


The most popular meats are lamb and chicken, with smaller amounts of goat, beef, and camel. Different types of poultry are used in other regions, while fish is consumed in coastal areas.

Dairy products

White cheese and yogurt are particularly popular dairy items. There is also a lot of use of butter and cream.

Herbs and Spices

Spices are used less frequently than in Asian most exciting cuisines, but the varieties and amounts vary considerably from region to region. The most common and practically universal herbs are mint and thyme (sometimes combined in a za’atar).

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Chef Zara is the founder and chief editor for Bakeaholic. She loves bringing smiles to people with the delicious visuals, smells, and tastes of food. Chef Zara's passion for baking started at a very young age, and she has never looked back since. She enjoys experimenting with different flavors and combinations, and takes great pride in creating unique recipes that will tantalize your taste buds. When she’s not whipping up something delectable in the kitchen, Chef Zara can be found exploring new culinary delights around the world. Chef Zara holds a Associate of Arts and Sciences from Kendall College and is a sought after private chef. Connect with her on LinkedIn.

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