Extracts and About the Authors:
Barbara Abdeni Massaad was born in Beirut, Lebanon. She moved to Florida, U.S.A. at a young age and gained her real culinary experience while helping her father in his Lebanese restaurant. After moving back to Lebanon in 1988, she entered university and gained a degree in Advertising/Marketing. She worked for an array of respected institutions then decided to pursue her passion for cooking. Determined to gain proper experience within the culinary world, Barbara trained with several renowned chefs at Lebanese, Italian, and French restaurants. She has contributed articles to local and international publications. She lives in Beirut with her husband and three children.
Raymond Yazbeck is one of Lebanon’s leading names in photography. Having worked in many different photographic fields, he became the official photographer of the prestigious Baalbeck Festival in 1988. A successful wedding photographer in Lebanon and the Middle East, he is currently working on projects focusing on social and cultural Lebanese heritage.