Maydan Home Cooking from the Middle East


Home Cooking from the Middle East

By Rose Previte
Co-writer Marah Stets


Price: $40.00

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  • Publication Date: November 7, 2023
  • Imprint: Abrams Books
  • Trim Size: 8 x 10
  • ISBN: 9781419763137
  • Page Count: 272
  • Illustrations: 125 full-color images
  • Rights: World/All

The debut cookbook from Rose Previte, creator of the Michelin-starred restaurant Maydān and beloved Compass Rose, explores bold flavors, accessible, shareable recipes, and overlapping foodways, spanning from the Middle East to North Africa

Rose Previte introduces readers to the eclectic cultures of the region spanning North Africa, the Caucuses, and the Middle East through food, offering a nuanced, informed, and yet entirely warm and personal way in. Before opening her beloved Washington, DC, restaurants Maydān and Compass Rose, Previte traveled old spice trade routes to learn from home cooks, and it became apparent how adjacent cooking traditions informed and folded back on one another, creating a constant dialogue. Ancient foodways don’t recognize geopolitical boundaries. For instance, the harissa found in Tunisia is incredibly similar to the adjika used in Georgia, and the lineage of baking bread in clay ovens stretches across the region with strikingly parallel methods. And in that vein, the word maydān––pronounced “MY-dahn,” “MAY-dahn,” or “MI-dan”––has roots in a number of languages and has been crossing borders for generations, from Tangier to Tehran and from Beirut to Batumi. It means “gathering place” or “square,” and originates in Arabic, but translates to Hindi, Urdu, Persian, Ukrainian, and even Latin. To Previte, it symbolizes how food brings us together and everyone can add a personal twist.

Previte’s culinary journey began at home with her Lebanese-American mother and Sicilian-American father. And many of the recipes and techniques in this book were imparted to Previte by home cooks, often grandmothers, whom she learned from on her travels in the Middle East and beyond. With more than 150 recipes, Maydān offers guidance on: how to build our own tables, taking cues from the way Previte’s Lebanese family ate growing up; emphasizing mixing and matching; scaling up or down; making a weeknight meal such as Tunisian Chicken Skewers with Loobieh bi Zeit (Green Bean Salad); creating the ideal spread of Lebanese small plates for entertaining guests; and a project day (Khachapuri, paired with one of the easy-to-source Georgian wines Rose recommends). Both accessible and delicious, the food in this cookbook is perfectly suited to the home cook because it is not fussy, and everything on the table is meant to be shared.

About the author

Rose Previte is the owner of two of Washington DC’s acclaimed restaurants, Compass Rose and the Michelin-starred Maydān. Maydān quickly earned coveted spots on many national “Best New Restaurants in America” lists including Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, GQ, and Eater;was named a James Beard Award Semifinalist for Best New Restaurant in 2018; and earned a Michelin Star in 2019. Marah Stets is a bestselling cookbook writer and editor. Her culinary career began in France, where she helped run culinary courses, organized countryside excursions, and provided French-to-English translation at La Varenne, Anne Willan’s acclaimed cooking school. In the mid-1990s she moved to New York to work on the 1997 edition of the Joy of Cooking. She has co-authored New York Times bestsellers, Washington Post ‘Best Cookbook of the Year’ selections, and James Beard and IACP cookbook award finalists and winners.