The 10 Best Vegetarian Middle Eastern Cookbooks & Recipe Books

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Hi, I am Chef Zara. In this post, I will guide you through the best Vegetarian Middle Eastern Cookbooks. Join me on this journey of taste and discovery.

I love discovering new food 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.

Vegetarian Middle Eastern Cuisine 🍅

These cookbooks will give you easy-to-follow recipes that are perfect for home cooks of any skill level. Whether you’re just starting as a new vegetarian or want to expand your horizons with new flavors, one of these cookbooks will indeed contain what you’re looking for and maybe even some Middle Eastern desserts or gluten free options!

Check out the list of the 10 best Middle Eastern cookbooks that will help you become a seasoned PRO CHEF! 🚀


1. The Middle Eastern Vegetarian Cookbook

Why We Love It ❤️

The Middle Eastern Vegetarian Cookbook offers various vegetarian recipes with Middle Eastern flavors. Drawing inspiration from ancient, prized Phoenician ingredients such as grassy olive oil and fresh figs, this cookbook provides a variety of breakfasts and drinks, mezze, salads, vegetables and pulses, grains, and desserts.

What the Readers Are Saying 👂

“I had been looking for a good vegetarian Middle Eastern cookbook for a while, and when I saw this book on Amazon, I went to my local library to preview the book. The book has great recipes, the photographs are incredible, and the kibbeh recipes alone are why I had to get this book.”-P.L.Rao.

Review 📖

Bringing a fresh and approachable collection of 150 nourishing vegetarian dishes from an authoritative voice on Middle Eastern home cooking, Salma Hage brings readers a collection of recipes. This definitive cookbook matches today’s foodie culture, featuring mainly vegetarian, mezze-style recipes and a focus on reducing meat.

About the Author ✍️

The Middle Eastern Vegetarian Cookbook is a compilation of Salma Hage’s favorite dishes from her home country, Lebanon (check out our guide on the Best Lebanese Cookbooks). Her book celebrates the country’s diverse cuisine and offers readers a rich array of vegetarian dishes to enjoy as a part of a Middle Eastern diet.

This book covers all the basics of Lebanese cooking, from mouth-watering appetizers to savory main dishes.


2. New Feast: Modern Middle Eastern Vegetarian

Why We Love It ❤️

Greg and Lucy Malouf decided to go vegetarian over a decade ago. They found that many vegetarian dishes were too “stodgy” or contained ingredients they couldn’t get hold of. Throughout this book, you’ll find dishes based on their years of cooking experience, love of traditional Middle Eastern flavors and textures, and passion for food.

What the Readers Are Saying 👂

“Turning a cob of corn into the main course is what this book has given me. I’m trying to incorporate more vegetarian meals into my family and friends’ lives. This book is beautiful and inspiring.”-Ann.

Review 📖

From the masters of classic Middle Eastern dishes, this beautifully illustrated cookbook offers vegetarian recipes from Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Turkey, and Morocco whether it’s salads, dips, or hearty main meals, the diverse selection of “New Feast” dishes will delight vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.

About the Author ✍️

Greg and Lucy Malouf, the acclaimed team behind six cookbooks, have created a new feast for the senses in this beautifully photographed book. Greg has inspired a generation of young chefs with his love of Middle Eastern food. Lucy is a London-based writer who regularly contributes to newspapers and articles and food and wine-based websites.


3. Classic Vegetarian Cooking from the Middle East and North Africa

What the Readers Are Saying 👂

“This is an excellent cookbook. It is full of delicious, economical, and relatively simple recipes. The ingredients for most of these recipes can be found at any supermarket.”-Alexis J.

Review 📖

For vegetarians and meat-eaters alike, this book offers a wealth of delectable meals from the Middle East and North Africa. You’ll find middle eastern dishes like tangy vegetable salads, spicy stews, soups, chewy falafels and loaves of bread, and pastries.

Habeeb Salloum has collected 330 nourishing recipes and healthful dishes for vegetarians. Created by a culinary historian, this book is rich in history and flavors. The author has collected dishes that were both economical and healthy, as well as dishes with diverse tastes and aromas.

About the Author ✍️

Habeeb Salloum’s “Classic Vegetarian Cooking from the Middle East and North Africa” is a limited edition hardback book. Habeeb Salloum has culled dishes from the never-ending storehouse of Arab cuisine to create the perfect introduction for vegetarians.

In addition to growing up in Saskatchewan, Habeeb served in the RCAF during the Second World War and spent 36 years working for the Canadian Department of National Revenue.


4. Tahini and Turmeric: 101 Middle Eastern Classics –Made Iresistibly Vegan

What the Readers Are Saying 👂

“This cookbook is the absolute best! If you love food that is delicious and easy to prepare, there is no need to spend precious time looking online for delectable, mouth-watering recipes. Each recipe I’ve tried is pure bliss for the palate!”-Jennifer.

Review 📖

The book offers a mix of recipes to satisfy your taste buds and feed your body. The dishes are beautiful, crowd-pleasing, and professionally photographed.

The dishes draw on the ancient middle eastern culture of Turkey, Lebanon, and Israel to trendy palates of Barcelona. This Middle Eastern cookbook provides 101 vegan recipes – from brunch to dessert, with dishes such as Chickpea and Pepper Shakshuka, Zucchini Fritters with Yogurt Cucumber Sauce, Creamy Tahini Cheesecake, and Rose Water Pudding Tartelettes. The book features a range of dishes for everyday or special occasions paired with fresh greens or salads.

About the Author ✍️

Ruth Fox and Vicky Chohan are both sisters. They have shared their unique culinary experience of vegetarian Middle Eastern recipes with food lovers through this book.


5. The New Middle Eastern Vegetarian: Modern recipes from Veggiestan

What the Readers Are Saying 👂

“Sally writes with a fresh, lively attitude to food in general and defers her warmly to her mother-in-law and family. Her recipes are fresh, easy, uncomplicated, and delicious.”-Jaytarq.

Review 📖

The New Middle Eastern Vegetarian is a beautifully photographed and culturally fascinating culinary tour of the region. This upbeat guide to Middle Eastern cuisine features over 100 sumptuous vegetarian meals and stunning photography.

Featuring aromatic herbs and spices, inspiring ideas, and all the information you need to prepare authentic aromatic vegetarian food from the Middle East and beyond. This book contains everything from fragrant Persian noodle rice to gingery tamarind eggplants, pink pickled turnips, and rose petal jam to traditional recipes.

About the Author ✍️

Sally Butcher is a chef and author of the book “The New Middle Eastern Vegetarian.” Both experiences have given her much to laugh about and more to write about. She blogs and tweets prolifically when she is not writing books in the back room.


6. Veggiestan: A Vegetable Lovers Tour of the Middle East

Why We Love It ❤️

Veggiestan is a vegetarian tour of the Middle East, exploring the many varied vegetables grown and loved in this part of the world. With over 100 recipes and easy-to-follow instructions, the book will ensure you never want vegetarian inspiration again.

What the Readers Are Saying 👂

“Absolutely fabulous. Sally Butcher takes you through the Middle Eastern culinary world, giving insights and history here and there. This is far more than a cookbook. I’m not vegetarian, I do love to have as many veg dishes as possible, though, and this book is perfect for doing something a little different.”-Mimthing

Review 📖

Another great cookbook by Sally Butcher, a vegetable lover and passionate cook who’s spent years traveling the world to bring back new ideas. Veggiestan is filled with aromatic herbs and spices, inspiring ideas, and all the knowledge needed to cook delicious vegetarian food. This global fiesta of flavors includes dishes such as fragrant Persian noodles, gingery tamarind, pink pickled turnips, and rose petal jam.

About the Author ✍️

Sally Butcher has written several bestselling cookbooks that have received awards. With the help of her husband, she runs a Persian food store in London. Her beautiful, vibrant cookery books are a treasure trove of recipes that will help you recreate her home-cooked dishes.


7. Vegetarian Dishes from the Middle East

Why We Love It ❤️

You’ll find everything in the Vegetarian Dishes, from everyday favorites to fragrant soups and stews, healthy appetizers and salads, pieces of bread, pastries, and sweets. You’ll discover vegetarian dishes for every occasion – from quick & easy for a weeknight to special occasion dishes like Kookoo and egg, the frittata-like baked omelets popular across the Middle East.

What the Readers Are Saying 👂

“This cookbook is great for cooks of all levels of experience. My daughter living in the Middle East started using it and found it very helpful with the ingredients available in that part of the world.”-Angela.

Review 📖

Vegetarian Dishes from the Middle East is a collection of 12 cookbooks that share with readers Arto der Haroutunian’s knowledge and love for Middle Eastern food. From Albania to Iran, with tastes from everywhere, these dishes will surely please vegetarians, meat-lovers, and cooks, both novice and experienced.

About the Author ✍️

Arto Der Haroutunian was a celebrated British Armenian cook, artist, translator, and writer. He wrote many books. This one is a collection of his recipes which he collected from his friends and family. 


8. Yasou: A Magical Fusion of Greek  & Middle Eastern Vegan Cuisine

What the Readers Are Saying 👂

“Perfect! I was looking for something like this for a long time.”-Li Kat

Review 📖

Yasou: A Magical Fusion of Greek & Middle Eastern Vegan Cuisine is a combination of Italian (check out our guide on the Best Vegetarian and Vegan Italian Cookbooks), Turkish, Persian, and Indian vegan recipes. The book is designed for vegans or vegetarians looking for a way to spice up their food. Mirriam Sorrel’s recipes are delicious and easy to make.

The book is a fusion of Greek and Middle Eastern vegan cuisine. It is full of healthy, delicious, simple, and compassionate meals. If you love Middle Eastern fare, you should get this book! There are many great cooking tips, instructions, and suggestions to make understanding easier.

About the Author ✍️

Marriam Sorrel is a very well-known food blogger and chef. Before writing this book, she published many of her food blogs. Alongside this, she is a passionate recipe creator. Regarding the food and cooking industry, she has won many awards.


9. Lebanese Home Cooking: Simple, Delicious, Mostly Vegetarian Recipes from the Founder of Beiruts Souk El Tayeb Market

What the Readers Are Saying 👂

“Excellent cookbook with delicious, easy-to-follow recipes. It is like a cultural anthropology book through the teats of Lebanon.”- Amazon Customer

Review 📖

Lebanese Home Cooking is a cookbook that is an approachable and authentic introduction to Lebanese cuisine. This cookbook will help you recreate the taste of a homemade Lebanese meal with original recipes, perfect for Middle-Eastern cooking beginners.

It is a beautiful cookbook for anyone looking for a Middle Eastern twist on standard recipes. A Lebanese native, the author shares the secrets and stories behind her family’s favorite dishes like kebbeh and tabikh. Whether cooking for guests or treating yourself, you can’t go wrong with these easy and delicious recipes to please everyone!

About The Author ✍️

Kamal Mouzawak is a writer and founder of the first farmers’ market in Beirut, Souk el-Tayeb. For over two decades, Kamal has been committed to preserving food traditions and the culture of sustainable agriculture in Lebanon. His most beloved project is Souk el-Tayeb, a community-minded market that offers not only fresh produce and artisanal food but also preserves cultural heritage and traditions.


10. Silk Road Vegetarian: Vegan, Vegetarian, and Gluten Free Recipes for the Mindful Cook

What the Readers Are Saying 👂

“I’ve loved every recipe I’ve made from this book. Having to eat gluten-free can limit your options but not with this book. I haven’t noted any errors; the recipes are clear and easy to follow. I’ve also learned some good tips on prepping things ahead of time, and storage tips.”-L seurer.

Review 📖

Silk Road Vegetarian is a cookbook focusing on Eastern cultures like Palestinian cousin (check out our guide on the Best Palestinian Cookbooks), and their vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free dishes. A registered dietitian created it to teach people how to eat healthily while exploring different flavors. Recipes in the book are Indian, Thai, Vietnamese, and more. The dishes will inspire your taste buds while keeping you healthy and full of energy.

Vegetarian Asian cuisine is at the heart of Silk Road Vegetarian’s philosophy. They believe in producing healthy, authentic, and, most importantly, ethical dishes. Employing vegetable-focused plates, they create a unique dining experience rooted in their high-quality recipes.

About the Author ✍️

This book is a co-contribution of Dahlia Abraham-Klein and Stephanie Weave. Dahlia Abraham-Klein was born in New York, though raised as a world citizen, living and traveling in Asia, Europe, and Africa. 

Stephanie Weaver is a writer and speaking coach. Apart from this book, Stephanie Weaver’s newest book, The Migraine Relief Plan Cookbook, provides you with 100 recipes to help reduce your pain, improve your quality of life, and get back to enjoying life.


Final Thoughts

In conclusion, here are the ten best vegetarian Middle Eastern cookbooks to help you find the perfect meal for your taste buds. Whether you’re looking for hearty, filling, or light and refreshing recipes, these cookbooks will have everything you need to make a vegan or vegetarian meal at home.

We have tried to include a variety of different types of cookbooks in this list. Some of them are more general, and others are more specific (check out our guide on the Best Instant Pot Cookbooks). We hope you have found your perfect match on this list!


About Middle Eastern Cooking! 💡

Vegetarian food is more popular than ever, but transcribing Middle Eastern cooking can be challenging. Luckily, there are plenty of cookbooks for non-meat eaters, which I go over in this blog post.

This style of food has a blend of flavorful, healthy, and creative dishes that leave out the meat. Cooking from a Middle Eastern cookbook can help you feel inspired to explore this diverse style of cooking and create delicious, nutritious meals for yourself and your family. 



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Chef Zara is the founder and chief editor for Bakeaholic. He 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 he has never looked back since. He enjoys experimenting with different flavors and combinations, and takes great pride in creating unique recipes that will tantalize your taste buds. When he’s not whipping up something delectable in the kitchen, Chef Zara can be found exploring new culinary delights around the world.

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