Cuisine refers to a style or method of cooking, especially as characteristic of a particular country, region, or establishment hence Lebanese cuisine is a style or method of cooking as a characteristic by the Mediterranean countries. The Lebanese style of cooking has to make use of high amounts of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, starches, fresh fish and seafood and a minimum uses of animal fats. If there has to be consumption of red meat it has to be a lamb on the coast and goat meat in the mountain regions. For a cuisine to be Lebanese, there has to be olive oil, herbs, garlic and lemon for seasoning although large amount of chickpeas are also associated with Lebanese bistro & bar cuisines.
The preparation of Lebanese cuisine involves grilling, baking or saut?ing in olive oil most of the times and few in butter and cream as well as pickling, cooking or eating vegetables when still raw. Lebanese cuisine is characterised by frequent use of spices and herbs in large quantities. Lebanese cuisine varies in different regions of the Mediterranean countries where in a country like Lebanon serving of drinks have to be accompanied with food while in Romania their family life must contain serving mezze which is an array of small dishes placed before the guests creating an array of colours, flavours, textures and aromas.
Dishes that are served in any Lebanese bar or bistro include Shawarma Lamb which is marinated roast lamb slices served with tahini sauce, Shawarma Chicken whose ingredients are marinated roast chicken breast slices, served with garlic sauce, Shish Taouk which is prepared from Char-grilled skewered cubes of marinated chicken breast served with mild garlic sauce. The most popular Lebanese cuisines even in other parts of the world are rich pastries, milk cakes, ground mutton in rice with lots of tomatoes and tabbouleh.
Other types of Lebanese cuisines are Lebanese ice cream with its oriental flavours, Lebanese roasted nuts with variety and mixes, sweets like Pastries such as Aish as-Saraya, Qatayef and Basbousa, and beverages like Arabic coffee, Lebanese wine, jallab and ayran yogurt.
By the help of recipes from different websites on the internet, one can be able to cook their own Lebanese cuisine in their kitchen. The recipes are also available in books that can be purchased from different stores online and on the streets. An example of a recipe book is the revised and updated edition Lebanese Cuisine by Anissa Helou which has over 250 classical recipes that are fully comprehensive collection of truly authentic Lebanese recipes in English.