Book Size: 8.5" x 10.75"

Pages: 208

Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9781566560894

Imprint: Interlink Books

Edition: 1

Photography by: Barbara Abdeni Massaad

Illustrations: full-color photos throughout

Release date: 05/15/15

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Soup for Syria

Recipes to Celebrate Our Shared Humanity

By • Photography by Barbara Abdeni Massaad

$ 30

“Soup is elemental, and it always makes sense, even when the world around us fails to.” — Anthony Bourdain

About this book

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.


About the author

Barbara Abdeni Massaad is a food writer, TV host, cookbook author, and a regular contributor to international cooking magazines. She is the author of Interlink’s bestselling cookbook Man’oushe: Inside the Street Corner Lebanese Bakery. She won the the Gourmand Cookbook Award and the International Academy of Gastronomy Award for Mouneh: Preserving Foods for the Lebanese Pantry.

Born in Beirut, Lebanon, she moved to Florida at a young age. She gained her real culinary experience while helping her father in their family-owned Lebanese restaurant, Kebabs and Things. After moving back to Lebanon in 1988, and completing university there, she decided to pursue her passion for cooking. Determined to gain proper experience within the culinary world, Barbara trained with several renowned chefs at Lebanese, Italian, and French restaurants.

She is also a founding member of Slow Food Beirut and an active participant in the International Slow Food movement. She lives in Beirut with her husband and three children.


“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.” — Library Journal, Starred Review

“One of the best non-fiction books for 2016.” — Los Angeles Public Library

“Soup for Syria may be the most compelling cookbook ever created. Through her photographs and collected recipes, Barbara Massaad directly connects us with a people in dire need of our help. Just holding this book is nourishment for the soul.” — Jim Clancy, former CNN Correspondent and Anchor, awarded A.H. Boerma medal for coverage of food and hunger issues by F.A.O. (U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization)

“Soup is elemental, and it always makes sense, even when the world around us fails to.” — Anthony Bourdain

“Soup is the ultimate comfort food: nurturing, sustaining and all good things. One recipe is a drop in the ocean but, if awareness of the plight of the Syrian refugees is raised with each batch made and shared then that is a force for good. As well as being a delicious meal in and of itself.” — Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi

“When I visited the Syrian refugees in Lebanon, I said to them: ‘Had I been a barber, I would have cut your hair for free. Because I am a cookbook writer and photographer, I am doing what I can do to help through my work.'” — Barbara Abdeni Massaad

“Whether we are in times of crisis or times of peace, gathering family and friends together around the table and sharing food is one of the most powerful and life-affirming acts we can do. And there is nothing more comforting and nourishing than a bowl of warm soup.” — Alice Waters

“There is hope that this marvelous collection of soup recipes from chefs all over the world will remind us of those in Syria who have lost their homes and so much more. Let us all make soup to create some relief and provide more outreach to those that are in need.” — Ana Sortun