AS style or method of cooking that is from the Mediterranean countries such as Lebanon is referred to as Lebanese cuisine. The Lebanese style of cooking has to make use of high amounts of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, starches, fresh fish and seafood and a minimum uses of animal fats. In any case where they have to consume red meat, they have to get it from a lamb on the coast or 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.
Lebanese cuisines are often grilled, baked or saut?ed in olive oil and rarely in butter and cream and the vegetable can be 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. The most popular Lebanese cuisines even in other parts of the world are 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.
By the help of recipes from different websites on the internet, one can be able to cook their own Lebanese cuisine in their kitchen. The recipes are also available in books that can be purchased from different stores online and on the streets. One of the books that are recommended with over 250 classical recipes that are fully comprehensive collection of truly authentic Lebanese recipes in English is the revised and updated edition Lebanese Cuisine by Anissa Helou.