Falafel are deep-fried balls or patties of chickpea or broad beans, with added herbs, spices, onion and garlic and are widely eaten across the Middle East. While the style varies from region to region, they’re usually enjoyed in a wrap or pitta with salad, tahini, pickles and a spicy sauce. Long popular in Britain, particularly among immigrant communities, falafel are now a nationwide staple, and have swiftly become one of our most popular fast foods. It’s not hard to see why: they also fall into that wondrous overlapping category of being crave-worthy and satisfying, as well as nutritious and fairly low in fat. What’s more, they are a brilliant source of protein for those who don’t eat meat. They are rich in fibre and modern falafel are often made with added vegetables, nuts and seeds, lentils, or grains, as are many of the delicious recipes in this book. Try the Fennel & Lemon Scented Falafel or Juicy Brown Rice Faux-lafel. Find Crunchy Sesame Falafel or Falafel Croquettes or enjoy snacks such as tasty Mediterranean Seed Falafel, all packed with good stuff, and very low fat. Whip up a drizzle such as Home-made Tahini Sauce, as the perfect complement your hot, freshly cooked patties. Finally, make tangy quick pickles, crisp herby salads and easy flatbreads so you can serve your freshly cooked falafel with all the trimmings and enjoy it as its best.