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Preparing Lebanese Cuisine In Your Kitchen.

Cuisine refers to a style or method of cooking, especially as characteristic of a particular country, region, or establishment hence Lebanese cuisine is a style or method of cooking as a characteristic by the Mediterranean countries. It is a Levantine cuisine made with an abundance of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, starches, fresh fish and seafood and minimal levels of animal fats. If there has to be consumption of red meat it has to be a lamb on the coast and goat meat in the mountain regions. The cuisine contains flavours of the Lebanese diet such as olive oil, herbs, garlic and lemon for seasoning and may also contain large amount of chickpeas.

Most of the times, Lebanese cuisine are prepared by grilling, baking or saut?ing in olive oil than in butter and cream while the vegetables are eaten raw, pickled, or cooked. Lebanese cuisine is characterised by frequent use of spices and herbs in large quantities. Lebanese cuisine varies in different regions of the Mediterranean countries where in a country like Lebanon serving of drinks have to be accompanied with food while in Romania their family life must contain serving mezze which is an array of small dishes placed before the guests creating an array of colours, flavours, textures and aromas.

Shawarma Lamb which is marinated roast lamb slices served with tahini sauce, Shawarma Chicken whose ingredients are marinated roast chicken breast slices, served with garlic sauce and Shish Taouk which is prepared from Char-grilled skewered cubes of marinated chicken breast served with mild garlic sauce are some of the Lebanese cuisine. Lebanese cuisines are also consumed in other parts of the world with the most famous ones being rich pastries, milk cakes, ground mutton in rice with lots of tomatoes and tabbouleh.

Other forms of cuisines with a special style of preparation from Mediterranean countries are sweets which include Pastries such as Aish as-Saraya, Qatayef and Basbousa and Lebanese ice cream with its oriental flavours, Lebanese roasted nuts with variety and mixes and beverages like Arabic coffee, Lebanese wine, jallab and ayran yogurt.

Technological advancement can allow one to be able to prepare their own Lebanese cuisines in their kitchen by following the recipes that are available in different websites across the internet. Specific books on different online stores such as Amazon and on the streets may contain recipes on cuisine preparation. An example of a recipe book is the revised and updated edition Lebanese Cuisine by Anissa Helou which has over 250 classical recipes that are fully comprehensive collection of truly authentic Lebanese recipes in English.