Arak and Mezze

Arak and Mezze

The Taste of Lebanon


9780863564765 October 2008 Hardback 162pp Photographs by Norbert Schiller

About the Book

Michael Karam and Norbert Schiller’s Wines of Lebanon (Saqi Books) won the prestigious Gourmand World Cookbook ‘Best Book on New World Wine 2005’ award.

Arak and Mezze celebrates two of the Levant’s cherished traditions: the aniseed-flavoured spirit that inspired the great eaux de vie of Europe, and the appetizers that have become a byword for all that is delicious and healthy in Lebanese food.

Illustrated with Schiller’s stunning images, it is at once a travel book, a cookbook and a social history – a book to read and savour.

About the Author

Michael Karam was born in London in 1965 to Lebanese parents. A journalist and wine writer, he has appeared in The Times, Sunday Express, Esquire, The Spectator, Decanter, and Harpers among others. He is author of Wines of Lebanon, which won the Gourmand Award for the ‘Best Book on New World Wine 2005’ and Chateau Ksara: 150 Years of Wine Making 1957-2007. He is also the co-author of Life’s Like That and Life’s Even More Like That, two books that take a light-hearted look at the Lebanese. He is also a contributor to the award-winning Wine Report and the Oxford Companion to Wine. He lives in Beirut with his wife and two children.
Norbert Schiller, an American-born Austrian, has been one of the most prolific Middle East news photographers in the last 25 years. His main work has been for AFP, AP, EPA, The New York Times,/I>, Getty Images, and Der Spiegel. He has covered conflicts in Algeria, Chad, Eritrea, Iraq, Israel, Kurdistan, Lebanon, Libya, the Palestinian Territories, the Persian Gulf, Somali, Sudan, and Western Sahara. His wine books include Wines of Lebanon (Saqi Books) and Chateau Ksara. His others books include Spectacular Egypt and Be Thou There: The Holy Family’s Journey in Egypt.