A Taste of Eid – A Celebration of Food and Culture – Recipes for Every Occasion

A Taste of Eid – A Celebration of Food and Culture – Recipes for Every Occasion

Edited by Emma Marsden, with foreword from Saliha Mahmood Ahmed


Through the recipes and anecdotes in this cookbook, you will be able to experience Eid from the table of a Muslim family, and not just one particular family, but a myriad of different families with differing cuisines.
Saliha Mahmood Ahmed, winner of Masterchef 2017

As Ramadan begins and the feast of Eid at its conclusion beckons, A Taste of Eid offers a seat at the table, showing how the feasts of Eid al-Fitr (Little Eid) and Eid al-Adha (Big Eid) are celebrated in the UK, UAE and wider Arab world, bringing together over 70 recipes from the hearts and homes of these countries.

The book includes a selection of showstopping breakfast dishes, feasting food for midday, wholesome favourites to share with family and friends, delightful bite-sized treats, drinks and crowd-pleasing puddings and pastries.

Illustrated throughout in full colour, with interesting stories and anecdotes from its contributors, A Taste of Eid offers lots of traditional dishes, some with modern-day twists, and plenty of tips to help plan and prepare ahead.


Emma Marsden is a food writer and stylist who studied at Leith’s School of Food & Wine. She was formerly Cookery Editor at Good Housekeeping magazine and she contributes regularly to Harrods’ magazine. She has written a number of books including Christmas on a Plate, Heart on a Plate, Fortnum & Mason’s Afternoon Tea and Honey & Preserves, WeightWatchers’ The Smart Cook and Sainsbury’s Kitchen Know-How.


  • Press recipes and copies of the book are available on request.
  • In 2020, Eid al-Fitr will take place on Saturday 23rd May. Eid al-Adha will take place between Thursday 30th July and Monday 3rd August.
  • A Taste of Eid is published by BrunchBooks, an imprint of BookBrunch, to mark Eid and celebrate the food, culture and festivities that bring us together. With thanks to supporting partners The London Book Fair and Sharjah Book Authority.


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