Bruce Feiler Walking the Bible: A Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses (2005). You may recognize this as the book version of Feiler's PBS series. Feiler starts as a very secular American Jew (he works for NPR) traveling the Middle East tracing the path of the Pentateuch in a search for literary meaning, but ends up profoundly moved by the experience into a sort of New Agey ecumenical sort of Judaism. Part of what makes this book so enjoyable even if you are not religious is his sardonic observations about the current state of this part of the world, He describes an Egyptian breakfast, and it helps to know that broiled tomatoes are part of a traditional English breakfast.
The Egyptian breakfast is not quite as plentiful as the Israeli, but it has a similar feel. Plates of white and yellow cheeses, bowls of steamed plums, and lots o creamy things with spices that look like crawly insects sprawled on top. Arabs like their spices still on the stem--oregano, coriander, fennel, cumin. I practically had to chew through a crown of thorns to find my way to a broiled tomato: Take that, English imperialism.(p. 125)Most of this was typed with both hands.. If you see any double letters from the right side of the keyboard it is because pressing is easier than retracting.