Suqar: desserts & sweets from the modern Middle East by Greg & Lucy Malouf

Suqar: desserts & sweets from the modern Middle East

Suqar: desserts & sweets from the modern Middle East by Greg & Lucy Malouf

Suqar: desserts & sweets from the Modern Middle East

Our last event 2018 promises to be one of our best!

Back for a very short visit to Melbourne, acclaimed chef, author and inspiration to a generation of Melbourne chefs, Greg Malouf will be in store in conversation with us about his new book SUQAR.

About the Event

Where:  Books for Cooks 115-121 Victoria St, Queen Victoria Market
When: Monday 10th December 6.30pm

Tickets: $10 via Eventbrite

About the Book

SUQAR (which means ‘sugar’ in Arabic) shares the secrets of more than 100 sweet treats inspired by Middle Eastern flavours – ranging from puddings and pastries, to ice creams, cookies, cakes, confectionery, fruity desserts and drinks.

The traditional time to eat sweets in the Middle East is not after meals (when fruit is served) but at breakfast, with coffee in between meals or on religious holidays and special occasions. The repertoire of these dishes is vast and varied.

In SUQAR, Greg and his writing partner Lucy Malouf have shared the best and most delectable sweet treats of the modern Middle East (alongside some personal favourites and tried-and-tested creations from Greg’s restaurant kitchens). The recipes merge the spices, flavours and scents of Greg’s childhood with the influence of Greg’s training in the West to create dishes in Greg’s signature Modern Middle Eastern style.

The book’s ten chapters cover: Fruit; Dairy; Frozen; Cakes; Cookies; Pastries; Doughnuts, Fritters & Pancakes; Halvas & Confectionery; Preserves; and Drinks. Accompanied by beautiful photography and illustrations, SUQAR is a journey through the sweets of the Middle East.

About Greg & Lucy Malouf

Greg & Lucy Malouf

Greg & Lucy Malouf © Broadsheet

Together with his first wife and writing partner Lucy Malouf, Greg has produced eight beautiful and award-winning books on different cuisines: Arabesque, Moorish, Saha, Turquoise, Saraban, Malouf: new Middle Eastern food, New Feast and now Suqar.

One of the iconic and most loved local Melbourne chefs, Greg brought together his native Lebanese and Eastern Mediterranean heritage with classical fine dining learnt in a first class culinary career.  Perhaps best remembered locally for his Melbourne restaurant MoMo, Greg has been one of the most significant influences on Melbourne’s dining over the past 20 years; encouraging chefs from all backgrounds to embrace their family culinary heritages and bring them to Melbourne’s tables and bars.  Greg has now moved on to the world stage.

In 2012 he took over the reins at the iconic Petersham Nurseries Café in Richmond, London and received a Michelin Star.  Greg is now based in Dubai, cooking modern Middle Eastern food in one of Dubai’s leading restaurants.

Lucy Malouf has co-authored all 8 books and is an accomplished award winning writer based in the UK.

Over the years, we’ve launched every one of Greg & Lucy’s incredible books and we are extremely excited to be able to celebrate this new book with Greg and to share it with you.

Please join us for an intimate chat with Greg Malouf, as he takes time out from a brief return to Australia.

Buy Tickets


Can I buy/pre-order signed copies of SUQAR: desserts & sweets from the modern Middle East?

Yes – copies will be available for signing and purchase on the night – $55.  If you can’t attend we can organise to post signed copies to you.  Postage (tracked & insured): Victoria $7.95; Australia wide $9.95; overseas we’ll quote.

We will also have signed copies of Greg & Lucy’s other award winning books available for purchase.

I’ve already purchased the book – can I bring it to be signed?

Well…to be honest…we’d rather you didn’t…we do these events to sell books. We subsidise our events by the sale of books on the night. We would prefer not to have to increase our event fee. If you did want to bring a book along for signing, please consider buying a book in store on the night to support our events.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

As alcohol may be served, attendees must be 18+ or accompanied by a parent/guardian

 What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

If you have been to one of our events before, please note we have moved to the northern side of the Queen Victoria Market.  Our new address is 115-121 Victoria Street (next to A Shed)

We recommend public transport.

The 19, 20, 57 (Elizabeth St)and 55 (William & Peel St) trams go past the Queen Victoria Market and run frequently.  We are in the Free Tram Zone and are a short 50m walk from the Elizabeth St Queen Victoria Market stop and the Peel St Queen Victoria Market stop.  Melbourne Central and Flagstaff railway stations are two blocks away.

Parking restrictions apply in the Melbourne CBD until 8.30pm.  You can park on Queen Street near the corner of Victoria Street.  There are limited parking spaces on Victoria Street.

 Is my registration/ticket transferable?

Yes – to another person – just have them present your ticket on the evening.

What is the refund policy?

Tickets are not refundable but can be transferred if you can’t attend.


Please advise of any food allergies or intolerances.

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