Sumac. Urfa pepper. Halvah. Pomegranate molasses. Preserved lemons. The seasonings, staples, and spice blends used throughout the Middle East offer deliciously simple ways to transform food—once you know how to use them. In Flavors of the Sun the people behind the iconic Brooklyn market Sahadi's showcase the versatility of these ingredients in over 120 everyday dishes, including starters, salads, soups, family-friendly meals, and desserts. With sections devoted to recipes boasting Bright, Savory, Spiced, Nutty, and Sweet accents, it offers inspiration, techniques, and intensely flavorful ways to use everything from Aleppo pepper to za'atar with confidence.
Throughout, "no-recipe recipes" help build up your flavor intuition so you can effortlessly incorporate any of the featured spices, condiments, and preserves into your daily repertoire.
Christine Sahadi Whelan is the culinary director of Sahadi's and a fourth-generation co-owner.
Sahadi's is a James Beard America's Classic Award-winning market in Brooklyn, New York, and the city's longest continually operating specialty food store. Established in 1890 and a fixture on Brooklyn's Atlantic Avenue since 1948, Sahadi's has been providing New York's Middle Eastern community with a taste of home for generations. A second outpost and café opened in 2020. Visit them online at sahadis.com.