A timely and meaningful cookbook to aid Syrian refugees, Soup for Syria contains a collection of recipes contributed by international chefs; moreover profits will be donated to help fund food relief efforts for Syrian refugees via the United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR.
The book isn’t out yet but an article in Publishing Perspectives by Olivia Snaije tells the moving story behind the creation of the book by Lebanese writer and photographer Barbara Abdeni Massaad:
“Lebanese food writer and photographer Barbara Abdeni Massaad lives in the Bekaa Valley close to where nearly half a million Syrian refugees subsist in camps. Unable to ignore the situation, Massaad writes in Soup for Syria’s introduction that she began to visit the refugee camps throughout last winter, each time filling her car trunk with food. “After several trips, I got to know many of the families…the more I visited—the more stories I heard and the more desperation I witnessed—the more heartbroken I became. I was determined to help no matter what. Are we not all human beings seeking the same things for our families—love, food and shelter?”
Already the author of three cookbooks, Massaad worked with publisher Michel Moushabeck of Interlink Books to invite renowned chefs and cookbook authors to be a part of the book. Anthony Bourdain, Alice Waters, Paula Wolfert, Claudia Roden, Sami Tamimi and Yotam Ottolenghi all donated recipes and stories. With such soups as Claudia Roden’s Borlotti Bean and pasta soup and Greg Malouf’s fennel soup with lemon and cinnamon, Feed Your People is hoping to host a Soup for Syria Supper soon. As Anthony Bourdain writes, “Soup is elemental, and it always makes sense, even when the world around us fails to.”