A collection of recipes from all over the Middle East regardless of political and geographical boundaries. A major characteristic of the Middle Eastern cuisine is its overall simplicity; simple to prepare and simple to digest. The Middle East is rich in vegetables and fruits of exceptional quality. There is hardly any vegetable or fruit that does not grow in the region and the few exceptions are mainly those that prefer a tropical habitat. Vegetables and fruits are often dried for winter use and olive oil is the most popular cooking ingredient.