Abla Amad was born in Lebanon and arrived in Australia in 1954 at the age of nineteen. In 1979 at the urging of friends and family she opened Abla’s, a restaurant that has become a Melbourne institution. Ever since it opened, diners have returned time and again to experience her special brand of traditional, homemade Lebanese food. For Abla it is a cuisine that can only be made from the heart – that’s why she is widely regarded as ‘the queen of Lebanese cooking’. Abla’s Lebanese Kitchen brings together one hundred authentic Lebanese recipes that have been handed down from one generation to the next. It is a culinary journey on which your family and friends can experience all the colour, energy and tradition of this ancient Middle Eastern cuisine, with time-honoured dishes such as kibbee, tabouleh, vine leaves, kafta and Abla’s famous chicken and rice – an aromatic meal of chicken flavoured with spices and almonds. First published in 2001 as The Lebanese Kitchen, this completely revised and updated edition is rich in detail, sumptuously photographed and beautifully designed. Abla’s Lebanese Kitchen is a treasure trove for anyone wanting to experience the joys of authentic Lebanese food at home.