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A Visit to Dubai's Fish Souk
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Serious Entertaining: A Middle Eastern-Inspired Feast
Overhead view of a plate of labneh with zatar pita chips surrounded by a grocery store container of labneh, a bowl of zatar, and a plate of pita chips
All About Labaneh
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Ganach Lupia (Armenian Braised Green Beans)
Lavash triangles on a serving platter with dipping sauce.
Lavash Triangles Recipe
Overhead view of harissa with pickled vegetables and lavash
Harissa (Armenian Wheat and Chicken Porridge)
Stack of baked lavash on a serving platter
Lavash (Armenian Flatbread)
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Borek (Armenian Spinach and Cheese Turnovers)
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Sini Manti (Armenian Baked Lamb Manti) Recipe
Armenian pizza being cut with a pizza cutter
"Armenian" Pizza With Spiced Lamb Sausage, Armenian String Cheese, and Sumac
A whole gatah (armenian coffee cake) cut into slices
Gata (Armenian Coffee Cake)
Platter of eetch served with herb salad, lettuces, and lavash.
Eetch (Armenian Bulgur, Tomato, and Herb Salad)
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Baklava and Beyond: 12 Turkish Sweets You Should Know
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How to Stock a Turkish Pantry: Flavorful Ingredients Worth Seeking Out
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A Tasting Tour of Sunnyside's Top-Notch Turkish and Lebanese Food
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Destination, Jersey: The Wonderful Turkish Food of Paterson, NJ
Pomegranate Anything
My 16 Favorite Foods in Istanbul
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Menemen (Turkish-Style Scrambled Eggs With Tomatoes, Onions, and Chilies) Recipe
Two adana kebabs on a plate with flatbread, sumac onions, parsley, tomatoes, and pickled peppers.
Adana Kebabs (Ground Lamb Kebabs) Recipe
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You Kanat Believe How Good These Turkish Chicken Wings Are
Make Authentic-Tasting Turkish Salep at Home
Bruce Aidells' Turkish Pomegranate-Glazed Lamb Shoulder Chops and Carrots
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How to Make Adana Kebabs (Turkish Ground Lamb Kebabs) | The Food Lab
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Vegan Menemen: Turkish-Style Scrambled Eggs, Without the Eggs
Halal cart-style chicken and rice
Serious Eats' Halal Cart-Style Chicken and Rice With White Sauce 
A small bowl of toum, Lebanese garlic sauce, with a spoon next to it.
Traditional Toum (Lebanese Garlic Sauce) Recipe
Dipping pita bread into baba ganoush in a small bowl, drizzled with olive oil.
The Best Baba Ganoush Recipe
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Homemade Pita Bread Recipe
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Chicken and Lentil Stew With Tomatoes and Onions Recipe
Plated msakhan.
Msakhan (Palestinian Flatbreads With Onion, Sumac, and Spiced Roast Chicken)
Taboon breads in a cast-iron skillet on river pebbles and spread out across a white linen.
Taboon
Shurabet el eid in a white bowl
Shurabet el Eid (Holiday Soup) Recipe
North African Tuna Rice Salad
North African Tuna and Rice Salad Recipe
Labaniyeh bil Ruz in a black bowl with toasted pine nuts
Labaniyeh bil Ruz (Garlicky Yogurt and Rice Porridge) Recipe
A platter of falafel garnished with flat-leaf parsley, stacked on top of hummus with pickles and cucumber-tomato salad.
Easy, Herb-Packed Falafel Recipe
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8 Ways to Use Tahini
A sabich sandwich - pita stuffed with fried eggplant, eggs, hummus, and tahini.
Sabich Sandwiches (Pitas With Eggplant, Eggs, Hummus, and Tahini) Recipe
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Zhug (Yemenite Hot Sauce With Cilantro and Parsley) Recipe
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Kanafeh (Middle Eastern Cheese and Phyllo Dessert) Recipe
A pile of mejadra topped with freshly fried onions.
Mejadra From 'Jerusalem'
Basic Hummus Recipe from Ottolenghi's 'Jerusalem'
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Tahini Sauce With Garlic and Lemon Recipe
Extra-creamy Israeli-style hummus in a shallow wooden bowl, topped with cooked chickpeas, olive oil, za'atar, and paprika.
The Best Smooth Hummus Recipe
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Hummus Masabacha (Hummus With Whole Chickpeas) Recipe
A pile of falafel on top of hummus, on a plate with a tomato-cucumber salad, parsley, and some pickles.
The Secrets to the Best Easy Homemade Falafel | The Food Lab
Lemons layered with salt for preserving in clamp-lid glass jar
Preserved Lemons Recipe
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Spicy Ful Medames (Fava Beans) With Olive Oil and Chile Recipe
Stuffed Eggplant with Lamb and Pine Nuts from 'Jerusalem'
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Tabbouleh Salad Recipe
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Einat Admony's Chicken Soup With Gondi (Iranian Chicken and Chickpea Dumplings) Recipe
Na'ama's Fattoush from 'Jerusalem'
Turmeric Chicken with Sumac and Lime from 'The New Persian Kitchen'
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Apple-Ginger Tishpishti (Gluten-Free Almond and Walnut Cake) Recipe
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Grilled Flatbread With Olive Oil and Za'atar Recipe
cheese bourekas
Cheese Bourekas Recipe | Cook the Book
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How to Make Zhug, the Yemenite Hot Sauce You'll Want to Put on Everything
King of Falafel & Shawarma's Falafel from 'New York a la Cart'
Eggplant and Tomato Spread (Mirza Ghasemi)
Garlicky Eggplant and Tomato Spread (Mirza Ghasemi) from 'The New Persian Kitchen'