Event: “Cookbooks for Causes: Recipes to Celebrate Our Shared Humanity” - Palestine on a Plate and The Aleppo Cookbook
When: Thursday, December 1, 6:30 pm
Where: Odyssey Bookshop
Join us for an evening celebrating Palestinian and Syrian food. Interlink founder Michel S. Moushabeck will give a presentation about the current situation in both countries. He is a publisher, editor, writer and musician of Palestinian descent. The founder of Interlink Books, he is also the author of several books including Kilimanjaro: A Photographic Journey to the Roof of Africa and A Brief Introduction to Arabic Music, Most recently, he contributed a piece to Being Palestinian: Personal Reflections on Palestinian Identity in the Diaspora.
We are highlighting the new cookbooks Palestine on a Plate: Memoires from My Mother’s Kitchen by Joudie Kalla and The Aleppo Cookbook: Celebrating the Legendary Cuisine of Syria by Marlene Matar. Samples from the cookbooks will be shared.
Palestinian food is not just found on the streets of the Old City of Jerusalem with the ka’ak (sesame) bread sellers and stalls selling za’atar chicken and mana’eesh (za’atar and sesame bread), but in the home too; in the kitchens all across the country, where families cook and eat together every day, in a way that generations before them have always done. Palestine on a Plate is a tribute to family, cooking, and home—old recipes created with love that brings people together in appreciation of the beauty of this rich heritage. Immerse yourself in the stories and culture of Palestine through the food in this book.
This is a celebration of real Palestinian food, cooked with the ingredients that Joudie’s mother and grandmother use, and their grandmothers used before them. Experience the wonderful flavors of Palestine through zingy fattet hummus (tangy yoghurt, chickpeas and hummus, served over toasted pita bread and drizzled in buttered pine nuts), satisfyingly spiced makloubeh (an upside down spiced rice dish with lamb neck and fried eggplant), eggplant and zucchini stuffed full with spiced and herbed lamb, and sublimely decadent awameh (honey dumplings) all accompanied by fresh mint tea and white coffee (not actually coffee at all, but a refreshing mix of water, orange blossom water and sugar).
Interlink Publishing, a Massachusetts-based independent publishing house, is donating 50% of the profits from the sales of Palestine on a Plate, a new cookbook by world renowned chef and cookbook author Joudie Kalla, to the Nablus-based children’s educational and cultural center Palestinian House of Friendship for the purchase of a permanent home in the city of Nablus.
Interlink has already donated $300,000 for food relief for Syrian refugees from the sale of Soup for Syria
The Aleppo Cookbook: Celebrating the Legendary Cuisine of Syria by Marlene Matar is an inspiring collection of recipes from one of the world’s oldest cities. It is hardly surprising that Aleppo, one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities, is also home to one of the world’s most distinguished and vibrant cuisines. Surrounded by fertile lands and located at the end of the Silk Road, which passed through Central Asia and Mesopotamia, Aleppo was a food capital long before Paris, Rome, or New York. Its diverse communities of Arabs, Kurds, Armenians, Circassians, and others contributed to its culinary traditions and produced a vast selection of different types of dishes—and no less than 20 kinds of kibbeh recipes.
Marlene Matar is a highly accomplished chef and cooking teacher. She attended Beirut’s L’Academia Italiana Bella Cucccina, Montreal’s Ecole Professionnelle de Cuisine Chinoise and received a Grand Diplôme in cooking and pastry from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. In 1999, Marlene started her own cooking school and has since amassed a devoted following. She appears regularly on Lebanese TV and her work has been featured in numerous publications. She lives in Beirut, Lebanon.
A portion of the proceeds from sale of Aleppo Cookbook will be donated to SAMS – Syrian American Medical Society for their hospital in Aleppo.
Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 6:30pm
The Odyssey Bookshop
9 College Street
South Hadley, MA 01075
Availability: Special Order
Published: Interlink Books - September 15th, 2016
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Interlink Books - October 15th, 2016