The Palestinian Table (Hardcover)
I love, love cooking from this beautiful book. Kassis's family is from the Galilee, like mine, and her recipes have brought me closer than ever before to recreating the flavors from my grandmother's kitchen.
Get your grains and spices from one of our local Middle Eastern markets and prepare to be transported!
-Alia— From Staff Picks
Authentic modern Middle Eastern home cooking – 150 delicious, easy-to-follow recipes inspired by three generations of family tradition.
While interest in Middle Eastern cuisines has blossomed, the nuances and subtleties of Palestinian food are still relatively unexplored. In The Palestinian Table, Reem Kassis weaves a tapestry of personal anecdotes, local traditions, and historical context, sharing with home cooks her collection of nearly 150 delicious, easy-to-follow recipes that range from simple breakfasts and quick-to-prepare salads to celebratory dishes fit for a feast - giving rare insight into the heart of the Palestinian family kitchen.
Reem Kassis is a cook and a writer. Her love of food stems from an upbringing in a family revered for its cooks. From a very young age, she spent weekends in her grandmothers', mother's, and aunts' kitchens observing, learning, and soaking up everything there was to know about Palestinian cooking.
"Three generations of family tradition are tapped into by Reem Kassis for her collection of 150 recipes and anecdotes from the Middle East." —Centurion
"With The Palestinian Table, Reem Kassis gracefully demonstrates the power of food to transcend the political divisions that are, too often, all we know of a place like Palestine. Reading and cooking from this essential book - a thoughtful collection of great recipes, historical and cultural insights, and beautiful photographs - will move you closer to understanding this complex, fascinating part of the world."—Anthony Bourdain
"We've had other Palestinian cookbooks, but this book is unique and physically amazing. It's like a treasure trove of memories, hopes, and wishes, and an offering into the heart of the Palestinian culture." —Liza Gozashti, co-owner of Brookline Booksmith
"Reem's cookbook is a joyful celebration of traditional Palestinian cooking written with so much love, integrity and context. A must have for the recipes as well as the writing and story-telling."—Bethany Kehdy, author of The Jewelled Kitchen, founder of Food Blogger Connect
"A beautiful celebration of Palestinian home cooking and an important contribution to the conservation of Palestine's culinary heritage." —Yasmin Khan, author of Saffron Tales
"Your mouth will water as mine does reading Reem’s succulent Palestinian recipes and the people and places that have shaped them! I feel a great debt of gratitude to Reem for giving us this glorious invitation to taste the flavors of The Palestinian Table — this is a table that is akin to other food ways of the Middle East (we're like beloved cousins!), but as we from these cultures know well, each has its own distinctions that are such a pleasure to explore and enjoy. I can’t wait to get into the kitchen and bring Reem’s delicious world into my own."—Maureen Abood, author of Rose Water & Orange Blossoms: Fresh and Classic Recipes from My Lebanese Kitchen
"Palestinian cuisine... which for decades has been relegated to tourist traps and quick-fare family restaurants, is having its moment." —The New York Times
"Palestinians do not often have the opportunity to show off their cuisine." —Financial Times
"Conjure up the exotic flavours of the Levant at home... Food transcends political divides, bringing people together and nourishing the soul. The same can be said of this exquisite home-cooking digest... With stunning photographs and personal memories, this is a ravishing culinary journey." —The Lady
"Beautifully photographed recipes from a family kitchen." —Sainsbury's Magazine
"Reem Kassis recalls the exciting flavours and aromas of her childhood and tells us about The Palestinian Table, a decade-long labour of love." —Optimum Nutrition
"I love [the] book... I love the recipes... They are highly adaptable [for] home cooking."—Christopher Kimball, Milk Street Radio
"[A]n ode to [Reem's] culinary heritage and family, covering the cornerstones of home cooking, street food, and celebrations... But it also spotlights less familiar recipes [and] you don't need to have a Palestinian grandma to pull them off."—Saveur Online
"[T]his book highlights a cuisine and culture that many of us are still learning about."—Publishers Weekly Online, Esther Dairiam, owner of Read It and Eat
"It's a sign of a fine cookbook! I have turned the pages and have actually mused on presenting a dinner party, family dinner and afternoon tea using offerings from within these covers. It's not often that I am inspired to cook anything from review cookbooks, other than the odd recipe here and there, but The Palestinian Table ticked so many gastronomic boxes for me... An excellent and comprehensive introduction to some of the more popular dishes of this region of the Middle East. But it is more than that. The author, Reem Kassis, weaves warm narrative into those ingredients. One is invited to spend time in the kitchen with aunts and grandmothers. One can almost hear boasts of this recipe being better than that of the lady who lives near the market. One can almost smell roasting spices, and one wishes to linger and to enjoy good food and good company."—Mostly Food & Travel Journal
"The food you grow up with stays with you as an evocative reminder of home... The Palestinian Table has over 150 recipes, inspired by the women that [Reem] Kassis grew up learning from in the kitchen; there are the dips and salads that are a fundamental part of Middle Eastern food [...] and, of course, a great chapter on the succulent breads with which to eat them. There are lots of refreshing tomato based salads and brilliant sharing plates... Many recipes begin with an introduction about their significance or other personal anecdotes and the whole book is dotted with beautiful images - both of food and of daily life in Palestine."—A-Little-Bird.com
"It's been over ten years since I've last stood on that street where first-time author Reem Kassis' cookbook is taking me. It's an ode to her culinary heritage and family, covering the cornerstones of home cooking, street food, and celebrations—from rice dishes and lamb to yoghurt sauces, kubbehs, pies and salads. But it also spotlights less familiar recipes that I'm keen to try like fish with tahini and onion sauce with pine nuts, fried baba ghanouj, and a toasted bread pudding with cream and pistachios."—Pauliina Siniauer, Saveur Magazine
"Brings Middle-Eastern food alive for the home cook... Packed with wholesome cooking adapted to modern tastes. Tantalizing photography is broken up with scenes of Palestinian life in a tapestry of the local customs, context and anecdotes."—Waitrose Food Magazine
"Who will love it? Anyone interested in traditional home-cooked meals... What sort of food is it trying to get us cooking?... Palestinian food, and all the nuances flavours that entails. Reem [Kassis] wants us to see it as a distinct cuisine, rather than just as Middle Eastern food."—Belfast Telegraph
"Drawing on three generations of recipes and culinary wisdom from her own Palestinian family, Kassis expertly weaves this diaspora together in her debut cookbook... [A] thoughtful introduction to the region's cuisine."—Departures Online
"There's nothing better to cheer up a cold winter's day than warming colourful Middle Eastern food... Reem Kassis not only shares recipes, but personal anecdotes and local traditions too, adding context and warmth to the book."—Herfavfood.com
"In The Palestinian Table, cook and author Reem Kassis wrote about a subject close to her heart – her family, culture and food... The nearly 150 recipes are the next best thing to sharing a table with her family."—National Post/Postmedia
"In this beautifully wrought tome, first-time cookbook author Reem Kassis invites us into her home, to join her in the kitchen and to travel together to Palestine. Composed of more than 150 recipes inspired by 3 generations of family traditions, cultural anecdotes and striking photography, The Palestinian Table is a feast for the sense." —American Express Essentials