Airdate: Nigel Slater’s Middle East

ABC tonight premieres Nigel Slater’s Middle East, a 3 part 2018 series that puts the food writer in Lebanon, Turkey and Iran.

Nigel Slater embarks on a Middle Eastern food adventure to explore some of the oldest and grandest cuisines in the world. His first stop, Lebanon, exemplifies Levantine cuisine but is also influenced by its position on the Mediterranean. The flavours, colours and fragrances of the region have travelled the globe but Nigel sets out to eat and cook with the people who make the dishes every day – home cooks. Nigel also explores the landscapes and ingredients, which define the recipes and dishes that have been passed on through generations. Nigel starts his journey in the capital, Beirut, at the end of Ramadan, where he is invited to celebrate Eid with a local family, before travelling south to Nabatieh near Israel and east to the Beqaa Valley close to the Syrian border. On his journey, Nigel explores the resilience of the country and its people, their survival and preservation through decades of war, and sees how this is reflected in their pride in their culture, and most importantly, in their food.

9:30pm tonight on ABC.

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