Author(s): Nouha Taouk
Nouha Taouk is a Lebanese-Australian woman from a vibrant family cooking tradition. She tells the stories of her grandmother, family matriarch Leila, through her own eyes and unveils the bond through cooking created between the women in her family. Culinary secrets and childhood memories are shared over the kneading of bread, pickling of vegetables and hand-moulding of falafel. Peppered among authentic recipes for baba ganoush, spinach pie and baklava are the traditions and techniques passed down from generation to generation. Locate the very heart and soul of Lebanese cooking with "Whispers from a Lebanese Kitchen". Through the stories of Leila and her daughters, be privy to the rituals that surround the welcoming of a guest into the home along with the sumptuous banquets that accompany any Lebanese festival or celebration; this collection of family anecdotes and cooking secrets are accompanied by 100 authentic Lebanese recipes.
Nouha Taouk is the oldest of five siblings, all born in Australia to Lebanese parents. She began cooking with her grandmother, Citi Leila, and mother, Joumana, when she was five years old, and continues to reinvent traditional Lebanese food in a modern Australian setting. Her life in the multicultural metropolis that is Sydney has inspired Nouha to record the unique history, traditions and recipes of her family.