BEAUMONT, Calif. –
(PRWEB) March 21, 2013 -- Recipes brought by a 14-year-old Syrian immigrant to Ellis Island in 1912 gain new life in this new collection of treasured recipes and memories. Janice Jweid Reed lovingly presents dishes her grandmother learned in Aleppo, Syria, representing more than 100 years of traditional Arab cooking. Reed describes techniques used long ago but simplifies and updates them for modern cooks. Dishes range from traditional Aleppo breakfasts to after-dinner Arab sweets, showcasing the variety this distinctive Middle East cuisine offers the palate.
“Sitto’s Kitchen: A Treasury of Syrian Family Recipes Taught from Mother to Daughter for Over 100 Years” offers more than a unique cuisine to adventurous cooks and those who want to recapture their own heritage. Reed includes family memories, commentaries and helpful preparation tips for each dish. She reminisces about her grandmother’s breakfast biscuits (Kahek) flavored with fennel seed and anise. Favorite dishes like Aunt Zekeya’s Tabbouleh salad, Syrian stuffing, Open Meat Pies, aromatic Barley Pilaf, Tamarind Meatballs and a spring yogurt salad, which traditionally heralded Easter and springtime, colorfully capture her heritage. She recounts a fundraising gala for St. Jude Hospital led by Danny Thomas and the fava bean dip served. Reed includes both the English and Arabic names for all dishes, inviting young cooks to learn about this culture while exploring its cuisine and the history surrounding it. She showcases a tradition of hospitality learned at her grandmother’s side. Color and black and white photos, a guide to cook’s tools, pantry staples, a glossary and list of places to buy the more exotic ingredients and spices round out this homage to Middle Eastern cuisine.
Author Janice Jweid Reed began compiling her grandmother’s recipes in 1966 in a spiral notebook while living in the Midwest with her young family. She's faithfully preserved these previously unwritten recipes with this cookbook and continues the legacy of her grandmother, Sitto Naima. Reed grew up in Paterson, N.J., a vibrant community with many Syrian and Lebanese families.
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Sitto’s Kitchen: A Treasury of Syrian Family Recipes Taught from Mother to Daughter for Over 100 Years
Janice Jweid Reed
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-4575-1246-9 172 pages $19.95 US
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