Aromas of Aleppo: The Legendary Cuisine of Syrian Jews

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Harper Collins, Sep 20, 2011 - Cooking - 400 pages
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When the Aleppian Jewish community migrated from the ancient city of Aleppo in historic Syria and settled in New York and Latin American cities in the early 20th century, it brought its rich cuisine and vibrant culture. Most Syrian recipes and traditions, however, were not written down and existed only in the minds of older generations. Poopa Dweck, a first generation Syrian–Jewish American, has devoted much of her life to preserving and celebrating her community's centuries–old legacy.

Dweck relates the history and culture of her community through its extraordinary cuisine, offering more than 180 exciting ethnic recipes with tantalizing photos and describing the unique customs that the Aleppian Jewish community observes during holidays and lifecycle events. Among the irresistible recipes are:

•Bazargan–Tangy Tamarind Bulgur Salad

•Shurbat Addes–Hearty Red Lentil Soup with Garlic and Coriander

•Kibbeh–Stuffed Syrian Meatballs with Ground Rice

•Samak b'Batata–Baked Middle Eastern Whole Fish with Potatoes

•Sambousak–Buttery Cheese–Filled Sesame Pastries

•Eras bi'Ajweh–Date–Filled Crescents

•Chai Na'na–Refreshing Mint Tea

Like mainstream Middle Eastern cuisines, Aleppian Jewish dishes are alive with flavor and healthful ingredients–featuring whole grains, vegetables, legumes, and olive oil–but with their own distinct cultural influences. In Aromas of Aleppo, cooks will discover the best of Poopa Dweck's recipes, which gracefully combine Mediterranean and Levantine influences, and range from small delights (or maza) to daily meals and regal holiday feasts–such as the twelve–course Passover seder.


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Aromas of Aleppo

User Review  - cookindoc -

Beautiful book artisticallymakes a good coffee table book but information very helpful in understanding the cuisine recipes easy to follow with tasty results. Read full review

Wonderful coffee table book and recipe book

User Review  - marylou1025 -

This is the most comprehensive Syrian cookbook that I have come across. Although I have not yet tried any of the recipes they all look delicious. Also this book has beautiful pictures. I actually have ... Read full review


Khubz Adi Ordinary Syrian Flatbread
Tehineh Sesame Spread
Salatit Banjan Smoky Eggplant Salad with Garlic and Parsley
Shawki bZeit Artichoke Hearts in Olive Oil and Lemon Marinade
Maza has been a Middle Eastern institution for centuries kuaisat PistachioFilled Ground Meat Shells page
Shira Fragrant Aleppian Dessert Syrup
Kanafe RicottaFilled Shredded Wheat Pastry
Krabij MarshmallowDipped NutStuffed Pastry
Khushaf Apricots Almonds and Pistachios in Sweet Syrup
Al Mazieh Pudding with Rose Water and Nuts 276

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About the author (2011)

Poopa Dweck is an expert on Aleppian Jewish cookery and the creator of Deal Delights cookbooks. A highly active community leader, she frequently lectures and performs cooking demonstrations. She is also the founder of the Jesse Dweck City Learning Center and Daughters of Sarah and the cofounder of the Sephardic Women’s Organization. Dweck lives in Deal, New Jersey, with her husband, and has five children.

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