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Soup for Syria : recipes to celebrate our shared humanity
2016
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  Library Journal Review

Lebanese food writer and photographer Massaad, a proponent of the slow food movement, spent the winter of 2014/15 visiting a refugee camp for displaced Syrians in Lebanon, bringing a car full of food each time. The plight of the refugees, and the world's failure to help them, led the author to create this book of recipes by an international gathering of chefs and cookbook authors (Anthony Bourdain, Yotam Ottolenghi, Paula Wolfert, and others), with all profits going to various organizations' food relief efforts. Though the recipes are by internationally known chefs, there are arrangements for hearty, down-to-earth soups (mostly hot, some chilled) that will be wonderful for home tables. Leek and potato, lentil and Swiss chard, and split pea soup are some of the entries that will be most familiar to American cooks, but the book also pays homage to the refugees' region of the world, offering, for example, instructions for Middle Eastern meatball soup with vegetables, Moroccan lentil and chickpea soup with cumin-fried whitebait, and chicken soup with freekeh. Dishes from other areas of the globe make appearances, too. Accompanying the recipes are dozens of photos, and most importantly, of the people who inspired the book: full-page and -spread images of Syrian children and adults complement the text and make this title stand out from other soup recipe sources. -VERDICT Worth the purchase for the recipes alone, but with the profits going to such an important cause, this is a must-have.-Henrietta Verma, Library Journal © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Food writer and photographer Massaad has compiled more than 30 soup recipes in an effort to help Syrian refugees. All profits from the sale of this book will be donated to nonprofits for food relief through the United Nation's UNHCR. Beginning with basic stocks-beef, chicken, vegetable and corn-the collection moves on to noteworthy U.S. contributors' selections, such as Anthony Bourdain's soupe au pistou, Alice Water's carrot soup, Paula Wolfert's lentil and Swiss chard soup, and Mark Bittman's Korean-style beef or pork soup with rice. Recipes hail from around the globe, showcasing international flavors including the meal-worthy Turkish black-eyed pea soup with lamb and noodles, South American pumpkin soup, Indian lentil soup, and Greek chickpea soup with lemon and rosemary. Photography-particularly portraits, including many of children-plays a central role in the book, showcasing refugees in Lebanon, and quotes give statistics, sentiments, and important information about this exemplary project and the refugees' dire need for food relief. (Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
A beautiful cookbook to be cherished for its look, its content, and the cause it supports. The world has failed Syria's refugees and some of the world's wealthiest countries have turned their backs on this humanitarian disaster. Syria's neighbors--Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, and Iraq--have together absorbed more that 3.8 million refugees. The need for food relief is great and growing. Acclaimed chefs and cookbook authors the world over have come together to help food relief efforts to alleviate the suffering of Syrian refugees. Each has contributed a recipe to this beautifully illustrated cookbook of delicious soups from around the world. Contributors include: Alice Waters, Paula Wolfert, Claudia Roden, Chef Greg Maalouf, Chef Alexis Coquelet, Chef Chris Borunda, Chef Alexandra Stratou, Necibe Dogru, Aglaia Kremenzi, and many others. - Celebrity chefs contribute favorite recipes to help feed Syrian refugees - Fabulous soups from around the world--from hearty winter warmers to chilled summer soups - Easy-to-follow instructions with stunning color photos throughout - Recipes made with no-fuss ingredients found in your local supermarket. All profits from the sales of the cookbook will be donated to help fund food relief efforts through various nonprofit organizations. Most Syrians hope that one day they will be able to return to their country and rebuild their lives. For now, though, what we can do is listen to their pleas. Be part of this vital work of saving lives and help us deliver essential food items to the displaced refugees.
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