Growing up in Lebanon, Anissa Helou’s parents forbade her to eat on the street. So, true to human nature, her childhood yearning for snacks and sweets from vendors along Beirut’s seaside promenade turned into a lifelong street food obsession. Traveling through the Middle East, Mediterranean, and beyond, she followed all her desires: open-air markets, outdoor stalls, and roadside carts. Of Helou’s many books, this one might not be the best-known or most acclaimed (Feast won a James Beard award), but "Mediterranean Street Food" cuts a fun swath through some of the world’s best open markets. Though there aren’t many photos, you can see yourself at Chani’s agora in Crete for the spanakopita. Or having lablabi — chickpea soup poured over bread and finished with a knob of harissa — for breakfast in Tunisia. Maybe find me at a festival in Lamporecchio crunching on the waffle-like, anise-flavored brigidini.
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