Soup for Syria
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Soup for Syria
Recipes to Celebrate Our Shared Humanity
Barbara Abdeni Massaad

Published 2015 • 8.5" x 10.75" • 208 pages • full-color photos
ISBN 9781566560894 • hardback To order or get involved:

This title is available for pre-order. Books will be released September 15, 2015.

“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)


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: Yotam Ottolenghi, Sami Tamimi, Anthony Bourdain, Mark Bittman, Alice Waters, Paula Wolfert, Ana Sortiun, Sally Butcher, Claudia Roden, Chef Greg Malouf, 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.
From the contributors to the project:

"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, author of Soup for Syria

"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

“In Farsi, the word for chef is ash-paz—someone who is capable of making ash, or herb soup. The ash dishes of Iran are held very dearly, and the act of making them is often regarded as an act of love or dedication. I would like to think that as you make this recipe you will remember those who are in exile from Syria, who have no kitchen or soup pot or indeed anyone for whom or with whom to make soup.”
—Sally Butcher

"My hope is that this project is a success and the book helps to keep the plight of Syrian refugees in people's minds and that it will raise funds to alleviate their awful living conditions until their future is settled. Pasta e fasioi (Venetian dialect for ‘beans') is an old peasant dish in the Veneto. The soup varies from one city to another-wide tagliatelle are used in Vicenza, whole wheat noodles called bigoli in Verona, lasagne in Este and Padua, and thin fettuccine or small tubular pasta in other parts. I am so glad that it is part of this humanitarian project."
—Claudia Roden, author of The New Book of Middle Eastern Food

"When I looked at the faces of those displaced children, all I could think of and see is the face of my own daughter. I immediately knew I had to help. If one child is helped because of this book and this recipe, then I have done my job as a chef, father, and human being."
—Chef Chris Borunda

"This is a wonderful project, a book that is not just beautiful and useful... but in addition it has such an important purpose! I am happy to be part of it and hope it will find its way to kitchens all over the world, and so help feed the people in need..."
—Aglaia Kremezi, author of Mediterranean Vegetarian Feasts

"The moment I heard about Soup for Syria I was hooked. The tragedy of the Syrian people touches us all, but the more than 2.5 million refugees stuck in Lebanon cry out for concrete actions of solidarity. Again, we are all called upon to build bridges, and this book is there to connect us with the most vulnerable."
—Carlo Petrini, founder of Slow Food