An Edible Mosaic Cookbook Giveaway

Raise your hand if you love Middle Eastern cookbooks!

An Edible Mosaic

What’s that? You don’t have any Middle Eastern cookbooks? I didn’t either, actually, until I got my hands on a copy of An Edible Mosaic – a cookbook written by Faith Gorsky from An Edible Mosaic blog that features traditional Middle Eastern recipes like hummus, falafel, and chicken shawarma. Are you drooling yet?

This cookbook is beautiful. I felt like I was traveling through the Middle East as I paged through Faith’s stunning photos of life and culture and food in this exotic part of the world. The book has so much cultural information intertwined with the traditional recipes that I actually borrowed it to one of my 14-year-old students to use for a research report on the Middle East.

For people who love international food and culture, this is a winner.

Middle Eastern Salad

One of my favorite things about the cookbook is the section called Basic Recipes. It includes dressings, sauces, and spice mixes that can either be used in the recipes or with your own set of ingredients at home. There are also several sections dedicated to learning about Middle Eastern ingredients and cooking methods. These recipes are very traditional without being overwhelming to the average cook.

Middle Eastern Salad

After looking through the cookbook at least 13 times, the recipes I’m dying to try are the Falafel, Coconut Semolina Cake, and Spiced Shawarma Chicken Wraps. Can’t.wait.

True story: I made the Middle Eastern salad and the Lemony Mint Salad Dressing a few days ago, and when I went to look for it in the fridge at lunch time, it was gone. BJORK ATE THE WHOLE THING. The whole salad. The empty little plastic leftover container was sitting in the sink with, like, one little piece of parsley left in it.

Next time I’ll hide it. Or better yet, double it.

Middle Eastern Salad

5.0 from 10 reviews
Middle Eastern Salad
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4-6
Recipe courtesy of An Edible Mosaic: Middle Eastern Fare with Extraordinary Flair by Faith Gorsky (Tuttle Publishing; Nov. 2012); reprinted with permission.
  • ½ batch Lemony Mint Salad Dressing (recipe below)
  • 1 English cucumber (or 3 to 4 Persian or Japanese cucumbers), diced
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1 lb (500 g) tomatoes, diced (about 4 medium tomatoes)
  • 1 bunch fresh parsley, minced
  • 4 sprigs fresh mint, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  1. Prepare Lemony Mint Salad Dressing.
  2. Stir together all ingredients; serve.

5.0 from 10 reviews
Lemony Mint Dressing
Recipe courtesy of An Edible Mosaic: Middle Eastern Fare with Extraordinary Flair by Faith Gorsky (Tuttle Publishing; Nov. 2012); reprinted with permission.
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed in a mortar and pestle with ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Juice of 1 lemon (about 3 tablespoons)
  • ½ cup (125 ml) olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh mint leaves
  1. Whisk together the garlic/salt mixture and lemon juice; gradually whisk in the olive oil in a thin drizzle. Stir in the mint, if using.


Wanna try some of these yums for yourself?


You’re in luck because I’m giving away a copy of Faith’s new cookbook, An Edible Mosaic, right here, today! Here’s how it works.


This giveaway is now closed.

  • To enter, leave a comment on this post. Say anything! Like, “this cookbook looks really cool!” or “I love hummus.” The winning comment will be chosen randomly.
  • The giveaway will close at midnight on Friday, November 30.
  • The winner will be notified by email and must respond within 3 days to claim the book.

If you can’t wait one more second to make that falafel with hummus, you can buy the book here.

Here’s to cooking new and exciting foods!

Thanks, Faith!

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  1. I love hummus! (I actually really do.) Looking forward to this giveaway, thanks Lindsay (and Faith)!

  2. I haven’t experimented much with middle eastern food but this would be the perfect excuse to learn more! And I do love hummus!

  3. this looks fabulous! thanks for the great giveaway!

  4. I would love to win this. And hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, celebrating in another country! Love your blog.

  5. I would trade my left arm for a good moussaka recipe for the crock pot. Or a hummus tree. Fun giveaway and thanks for not making thirty-two hoops to jump through to win!

  6. Misty Lynn says:

    Pick me! I was driving an hour to the city to eat at a Lebanese restaurant that I found out this weekend closed it’s doors. I am heartbroken! Alas, it’s time for me to learn how to make that crazy good food myself. Thanks for the recipe and giveaway. I will check out her blog too.

  7. I totally need this! I have a great hummus recipe that we enjoy all the time, but we totally need more things like that salad in our lives.

  8. I could live off of middle eastern food – seriously!! I’d love to win this and surprise my husband with some awesome dinners

  9. Isabelle D says:

    Can’t wait to make falafels!

  10. Great photos.
    Hummus is one of our favorite post workout snacks!

  11. I would love this cookbook, would be a great resource for the high school culinary arts class that I teach!

  12. Britt Shields says:

    I’ve started an adventure around the world based on recipes and culinary folklore. I don’t have anything from the middle east. That is EXACTLY why I would love love love to win a free copy of this book!

  13. I don’t think I even own a Middle Eastern cookbook – I would love for this to be my first. Thanks :)

  14. I love middle eastern food – it’s amazing!

  15. It’s virtually impossible to find good Middle Eastern cookbooks in my little corner of the world…. And this one looks particularly amazing! I would love love love to win this!

  16. We love middle eastern food at our house but I don’t have any cookbooks. My boyfriend would be thrilled to eat this every night!

  17. Falafel is one of my favorite things! Since there aren’t any good Middle Eastern restaurants near me, I’d love to start making my own.

  18. Hey,

    I just recently found your blog, and I love reading the stories and recipes here. And the giveaway-that would be fun to win :)

  19. I would love to win this!

  20. I love hummus and falafel! The coconut semolina cake sounds very delicious.

  21. Love middle eastern food but have never tried making it myself! This would be a great to start doing just that!!!

  22. I love hummus!!! Seriously that reminds me I need to leanr how to make that from scratch…mmmm hummus. Oh but I do want to win that cookbook….looks sweet!

  23. Pretty sure that salad would last 2.5 seconds at my house. Yum!

  24. Love love loveee middle eastern food, but I have never made it myself! Definitely need to get my hands on this book

  25. I’ve been drooling (figuratively, not literally, that would be gross..!!) over this cookbook since it came out. Would love to try my hand at a new cuisine.

  26. I love trying new cookbooks…..thanks for the give-a-way!!

  27. I love Middle Eastern cooking. I need to do more of it.

  28. YUM! This looks totally delicious! :)

  29. Yumm…that salad looks great!

  30. This cookbook looks really cool I love hummus.


  31. I’ve been eyeing this cookbook–it looks so yummy! We love hummus with pita bread or fresh veggies. Mmmmm…

  32. I love hummus for real!

  33. Wow..those kebabs on the front cover look great!

  34. This salad looks amazing…would love to try the shawarma recipe too! Looks like a beautiful cookbook :)

  35. this book sounds amazing! last year at super bowl we did an entire middle eastern menu – it was fab! :)

  36. I saw this cookbook at a bookstore the other day and it looks great!

  37. This cookbook looks fantastic!

  38. This cookbook sounds really great! Who doesn’t need more Middle Eastern cooking knowledge, right? I do have one great Middle Eastern cookbook–Habeeb Salloum’s Classic Vegetarian Cooking from the Middle East & North Africa–but more resources are always better. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  39. Yum!! It looks so delicious, and what a beautiful cover!

  40. Love love love mediterranean food!

  41. Middle Eastern foods are some of my favorites! I’ll be trying this salad for sure.

  42. I LOVE falafel! I have never been ambitious enough to make it but I would totally make it and eat it up :) Thank you!

  43. I love new cookbooks! And I don’t have one dedicated to middle eastern food. So I think I need this.

  44. Ooooh, I’d love to win this cookbook! I love Middle Eastern food, so this would be a great addition to my kitchen. :)

  45. Would love to win this giveaway! Thanks!

  46. I love all the color on the cover and in the salad. I’d also love to expand my cooking horizons!

  47. Yumm!

  48. I think my kitchen is in need of some middle eastern food! :)

  49. If that salad tastes anything close to how good it looks, how could Bjork resist??? I’ve tried a few Middle Eastern dishes, but don’t have recipes. This would definitely help me branch out.

  50. I am drooling! LOVE Middle Eastern foods!

  51. That salad looks amazing, so vibrant and fresh :)

  52. Mmmm, sounds delish!

  53. Erin Coatham says:

    I love ALL middle eastern food!

  54. The recipes sound delicious!! My husband would also enjoy that salad :)

  55. I am Lebanese and love finding new Middle Eastern cookbooks! That salad is one of my favorites (along with fattoush and tabbouleh!). What a great giveaway and a beautiful looking cookbook!

  56. I actually really do love hummus and almost all foods from the Middle East. I would love to win this! :)

  57. Can’t wait to try this salad – it all sounds yummy! :)

  58. The cookbook really does look wonderful. And I do love hummus! thanks for offering the giveaway.

  59. I grew up eating Middle Eastern foods…. For me that’s comfort food.

  60. Lizabeth K. says:

    Food looks awesome! What a good reason to try new recipes! :)

  61. Shaun Martins says:

    I love hummus too!!!! :)

  62. Yummy in my tummy Veggies! I am going to have to try this salad.

  63. I’ve never made anything Middle Eastern, but I’ve made a lot of food that followed an eastern track to my middle! 😉

  64. I am an avid (perhaps too avid) cookbook collector. I’m not terribly familiar (though somewhat so) with Middle Eastern cuisine and I would love to correct that! This cookbook looks awesome, I would love to win it! (And if I do not, let’s not kid ourselves, I’ll probably run out and buy it!)

    Thanks for doing this giveaway!

  65. Your photography is stunning. These recipes look awesome!

  66. I would love to have this cookbook. Thank you!

  67. This cookbook looks outrageous! Pick me! Pick me!

  68. I don’t have a middle eastern cookbook either. THIS would be a perfect first book. The cover looks so beautiful! :)

  69. I like that this book gives some basic recipes to start me off. I am not familiar with this type of seasonings but I would like to learn.

  70. Looks great! I’m obsessed with hummus

  71. What a beautiful book and a gorgeous looking salad! I’m in Canada so I’m not entering the giveaway but it is a great one.

  72. i LOVE hummus…and falafel…and all kinds of yummy middle eastern foods…and i love cookbooks…and this one looks amazing!!

  73. edible mosaic indeed! The colors are stunning, the recipes compelling, my taste buds watering…..looks and sounds the very definition of fresh. YUM!

  74. I do love hummus and would also love to expand the flavored prepared in my kitchen! Thanks for the giveaway!

  75. I love the Middle Eastern Salad. I made it before and it was fantastic, especially the second and third day.

  76. Yum, I love recipe books!

  77. mmmm I love learning about foods while eating them! I’m looking for the perfect hummus recipe, looks like i’ll have to hit up the public library to see if they have this book…thanks!

  78. The dish on the cover alone looks wonderful. I love the Middle Eastern salad you made it is beautiful.

    thank you

  79. Melissa Martin says:

    I LOVE middle eastern food. I really want to have this cookbook displaying in my kitchen

  80. I cannot wait to try these scrumptious recipes! I am in love with these flavors. Thank you for blogging and sharing your gifts with the world!

  81. Jeff Preston says:

    Thx for the recipe. I really want that book !

  82. Kimberly Voigt says:

    This recipe looks A-Mazing! I would eat the whole thing too! Bjork just needs to learn how to make multiple batches so you get a taste. :)

  83. I’ve been loving hummus. Probably because the first time I tried it, I was really really hungry but it tasted delicious.

  84. Mediterranean food is a staple in my house! Keeps us healthy and lean!

  85. This cookbook looks awesome! And I do like hummus :)

  86. Marcela Gonzales says:

    I celebrated my birthday this November, with Mediterranean fare and my best friends, a winning combination!!

  87. This cookbook would really be a great addition to my collection!

  88. This would be a great addition to my cookbook collection. I devour cookbooks like they are chocolate cake! I practically drool over them and this one looks gorgeous. Thanks for the chance to win!

  89. Jenna Harvey says:

    I love the fresh flavors in Middle Eastern cooking!!!

  90. I spent some time in Oman and these recipes remind me so much of many the delicious foods I was fortunate to try while visiting! I’m excited to try these out on my own!

  91. Lauren Carl says:

    This sounds like a definite cookbook winner! I’m always looking for new foods to try and this book is full of them!

  92. Oh my…..this book looks fantastic! It has all the things I love….food, spices, culture & photography! I would love this book!

  93. I LOVE Middle Eastern food and would definitely be cooking from this book!

  94. love her blog, would love this cookbook! unique recipes

  95. How beautiful! I do love green salads, but there is just something about chunky, crunchy salads with not a leaf of lettuce in sight that really hits the spot. I’m definitely saving this recipe.

  96. That salad looks amazing, can’t wait to try it! I’ll be sure to double it so I get at least a few bites!

  97. I learned about the healthy deliciousness of Middle Eastern food from a dear girlfriend married to a Lebanese foodie. Unfortunately most of the recipes are on pieces of paper, old letters, restaurant menus . . . oh, wouldn’t it be lovely to have a good book with both the basics and the exotica :)

  98. Jeanne Winslow says:

    This cookbook had me at its name!!! I’m a firm believer in a colorful plate!!

  99. It all looks delicious!

  100. I’d love to win this cookbook!! I LOVE Middle Eastern cuisine!

  101. I love middle eastern food period, so I’m thinking I’d love this cookbook!

  102. I love Faith’s recipes…so far everything has turned out fantastic!

  103. Oh my goodness! I adore Indian cooking :) SO yummy! Hummus- you are speaking my language!

  104. The pictures are so beautiful!!! What a feast for the eyes!!!

  105. Wow, this cookbook looks amazing! I love Middle Eastern food, but I’ve never tried making it myself (other than hummus)–this book looks like a must have! Thanks for the chance to win.

  106. love middle eastern food!

  107. I would love this! I learned to love Middle Eastern food through my ex, who is Palestinian–lost the boyfriend, kept the food!

  108. I don’t have any Middle Eastern cookbooks! This would make my heart happy!!! Seriously. Also… are there any people that don’t love hummus?
    Didn’t think so.

  109. Yes! I am drooling! I love anything lemon. Looking forward to making this–Thank you!

  110. I love hummus, this book looks cool, can’t wait to make falafels…..

    All of the above!

  111. Mmm, that salad looks amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  112. Shannon Stamp says:

    The cookbook looks awesome and that recipe is a must try. Thanks for posting it.

  113. YUM

  114. These flavors are some of my favorite. Would love to have the coookbook.

  115. I hummus-t have this cookbook!

  116. This looks incredible! I was just wishing for a middle eastern cookbook on my blog the other day. This looks incredible.

  117. ooOoohhh fresh hummus and pita is heaven! I’ll bet there are some amazing recipes in that book :)

  118. Hello!

  119. Debbie Bray says:

    I would love to win!!

  120. i actually don’t have a middle eastern cookbook though am a huge fan of that cuisine….. the salad looks delightful. Count me in for the giveaway !

  121. Alyssa Jacobs says:

    Middle Eastern food is one of my fave things to eat. I love hummus, especially with grilled chicken.

  122. That dressing sounds delicious – must give it a try.
    I’d love to win a copy of the book :-)

  123. Kimberly P. says:

    I absolutely would love to win this cookbook!! Thanks for the opportunity….all Middle Eastern food I’ve had is pretty delicious.

  124. I travelled through the Middle East a few years ago and absolutely fell in love with the food – actually, I fell in love with the whole area. While I was in Syria I basically lived off of hummus, tabouli and pita. Seriously, I would eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Would absolutely love this cookbook. Thank you for hosting the giveaway :)

  125. Catherine Brewer says:

    My daughter married a wonderful Lebanese young man on October 27! We have been on a search for a good cookbook. This would be an awesome Christmas surprise for her!

    Thank you for the work you do and the sacrifice you and your family are making in the name of the Lord.

  126. I would LOVE to win this! Mediterranean flavors are some of my favorites…and I love hummus! 😉 Thanks for great review/giveaway!

  127. Samara Thiessen says:

    Love reading your blog!!! I am not kidding!!

  128. My boyfriend JUST tasted his first falafel recently on a trip to chicago. I don’t even know how that is possible, but trust me, that is the truth. The sad, sad, truth. I think he was just as sad that he has missed out on this awesomeness for so many years. I would love to be able to make falafel on my own, amongst other delicious middle eastern delights!

  129. This cookbook looks really unique, it would be a great addition to my cookbook collection!

  130. OH WOW! I love all things middle eastern… i think i need this !!!

  131. Pick me, pick me!! I have been reading Faith’s blog for a while now- she is super talented and would be honored to have her cookbook!!

  132. I bet this book has a good recipe for mujadara (or mujadarra, or mjaddarah, or mudardara, or mdardra, or mujadra, or…). Many different spellings, but this staple Lebanese dish of lentils, rice and caramelized onions is real treat. My kids gobble it up whenever I make it. I’d love to get Ms. Gorsky’s take on it. Given Lindsay’s love of lentils, maybe Pinch of Yum would like to create special version!

  133. your pictures always make your food look so amazing. thank you for supporting bloggers.

  134. I love Middle Eastern food! Tabbouleh is one my favorite dishes. It’s like summer in a bowl. The salad recipe sounds delish…definitely going to give this one a try!

    I’m trying to gain the courage to learn to make hummus myself. I had a Syrian friend who used to make the most delicious homemade hummus. My favorite is with roasted garlic.

    Okay…now I’m drooling.

  135. jennwilkinson says:

    My husbands great grandparents were from the middle east. The family has a few traditional dishes they do but I would love to get my hands on these recipes! They would be a hit at family gatherings. Yummmm!

  136. lemony mint dressing sounds AHHHHHHHmazing. :)

  137. This cookbook looks great! I love Middle Eastern food and have yet to find a suitable cookbook that will help me create these dishes at home. This one looks like it would fit the bill!

  138. I would love this cookbook! I’ve tried to make a few Middle Eastern dishes and this would give me great inspiration to continue to experiment.

  139. Love hummus and babba ganoush! ( I can’t spell it according to spell check but I love it. anything eggplant mmmm)

  140. I sure hope this contest extends to Canada! I’d love to try those recipes. Pick me, pick me!

  141. This cookbook looks like it has lovely photos. Love to have it.

  142. I love hummus and many other middle eastern foods!

  143. What ever is on the cover looks yummy.

  144. mmm…food…

  145. My kids love hummus! We are always looking for new recipes and foods to try, plus I am addicted to cook books!

  146. Macey Wolfe says:

    This cook book looks wonderful! I love cook books!

  147. This cookbook looks amazing! I eat hummus on everything – can’t get enough.

  148. My husband and I have been getting into this whole ethnic foods thing lately and this cookbook would rock our cooking world!

  149. I would love to add this book to my collection. I recently bought “Jerusalem” and it too is a beautiful book, replete with stunning photos and stories.

  150. Love Middle Eastern food! This cookbook sounds great!

  151. Oh man! I am glad you’re feeling better, and I am glad you are so generously giving away a cookbook. :) You’re the best.

  152. This looks like a wonderful cookbook, would love to have it. Thanks for the giveaway.

  153. Middle eastern food in my fave!

  154. Yummy yummy wish I could get the book, make food and put it in my tummy

  155. Love this giveaway! I never really get to make much middle eastern food so I would love this cookbook – plus, hummus is the best!

  156. That salad looks amazing, and guess what, that was the kind of salad that I grew up with..I would love a copy of the book, middle eastern cuisine is our family repertoire:-)

  157. Looks delicious! I’d love to win!

  158. I love kebab! And that salad looks amazing…and is amazingly easy to make!

  159. Oh. I would so love to win this cookbook! One of my favorite places to eat is a Mediterranean grill – one state south of where we live, so I don’t get to go there very often. That lemony salad looks an awful lot like what they serve there… and, really, I also love hummus. Maybe all the things I love to get on my salads there would be in this cookbook! (Oh – and btw, I made hummus in my NutriBullet blender and didn’t remove the skins. It still came out really smooth. I did try removing the skins once… um… That sure takes forever!)

  160. i love garlic and red pepper hummus! i’ve been making it my way, but would LOVE to learn how to make it properly *drools*

  161. I’d love this cookbook! Middle Eastern cooking is so delicious!

  162. Yummy! This gives me a great excuse to comment in your blog, which I follow since long time ago, but never commented. Everything looks wonderful, and this salad too! I’m going to try it soon, but first the kabocha lentil curry is in my menu for this week!

    By the way, just in case I have the luck to win the book, I live in Japan, which is closer to the Philippines than US, so I hope I can have the book too :)

    I really like your blog! :)

  163. I LOVE her blog! Thanks for giving away what I’m sure is an AMAZING cookbook! :o)

  164. Looks super tummy.

    Is it easier or harder to find Mid Eastern ingredients in the Phillipines?

  165. My bf and I love middle eastern food, can’t wait to try out some new recipes from this book!!! (also – hummus is the da bomb, I’m eating some kalamata olive hummus right now!!)


  166. YUM! this cookbook would be the perfect excuse to venture into middle eastern cooking

  167. I REALLY want this!!!!! Like, a lot!

  168. Mmm falafel!! I can’t buy it around here.. it’d be nice not to make it from a dehydrated box mix

  169. This looks awesome! Can’t wait to try the recipe.

  170. Yum! That salad sounds good. Oh, and I do love hummus 😀

  171. Must win this book! It looks sooo good!

  172. just found your site through pinterest!

  173. This cookbook looks like it’s full of delicious recipes!

  174. I LOVE hummus and gyros!

  175. But I really do absolutely love hummus!

  176. Ohhh, this looks fabulous!! I lived in Turkey for one summer and I adore Middle Eastern cuisine!! I’m always looking for recipes that are authentic, but not too difficult!! Looks like a winner.

  177. Would love to try and make the falafel and the semolina cake. Thanks for a great giveaway!

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