In an age where most people seem to find their recipes online, this book stands out as a reason to still purchase recipe books. It's beautiful illustrations, histories of the food and explanations of ingredients are not gimmicky - they're just wonderful to read and look at. The recipes too are very authentic, but high-end authentic, not everyday food from Syria and Lebanon but what you might get at the top restaurants.
The pictures and stories are particularly poignant now given the destruction of Syria and the threat to all aspects of its culture. I had this book bought for me and have since bought it as a present for others. My favourite recipes are the lamb and cherries and the cheesy yoghurt bread!
Makes a fabulous present.