BY HANA EL-HIBRI
A FOOD BOOK ABOUT THE LITTLE KNOWN RECIPES OF THE LEBANESE MOUNTAINS AND THE STORIES OF THE COOKS AND THEIR VILLAGES
Mayylu! is far more than a cookbook. It is a window into a vanishing world and a celebration of a whole way of life, that of natural and foraging-based food in the Lebanese mountains.
The spirit of Mayylu lies at the centre of this heart-warming food book which is, in many ways, the embodiment of that shared experience.
You’ll discover step-by-step visuals of the preparation processes, a great many of these secrets of Lebanon’s ancient culinary heritage, as well as ingredients frequently garnered wild from the mountain slopes nearby, following bygone values of sustainability.
The wisdom in these rich personal accounts has been handed down from generation to generation, part of an oral tradition that, if not recorded here in this book, runs the risk of one day being lost to us forever.