Ilham Saad misses her restaurant — Byblos, which she ran until 2016 at 3088 W. 13th Street.
She misses her customers. She misses cooking.
But now, she’s found a way to reconnect with the life she misses and make her former customers happy at the same time.
Saad, who opened Byblos in 1989 with her late husband, Kamal, was known for her lemony hummus, her tangy tabouli and her superior shawarma. She’s just published a cookbook called “Cooking with Inspiration: Lebanese Cuisine” that includes most of her most popular recipes from the restaurant, which she sold to Rania Taha and Bashar Mahanweh two years ago. (The space is now the home base for food truck Gaga’s Grub and where owner Dustin Presley puts on private dinners.)
She printed the book herself, and now she’s working on getting it out around town.