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Aromas Of Aleppo: The Legendary Cuisine of Syrian Jews [Hardcover]

Poopa Dweck
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Book Description

Aug. 9 2007

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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“The intriguing recipes inspired me to head for my kitchen, but the story kept me in my chair, riveted.” (New York Times)

“Poopa Dweck has put together such a wonderful collection of delicious recipes.” (Claudia Roden, author of The New Book of Middle Eastern Food and The Book of Jewish Food)

“Aromas of Aleppo is as enticing to read through as to cook from.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

“[Poopa Dweck] has made it her task to preserve their venerable cuisine in its fullness.” (Los Angeles Times)

“The large-format book could be relegated to the coffee table but won’t be.” (Chicago Tribune)

“Tinged with the bittersweet memories of a community that lovingly upholds table traditions of the city that evicted all its members.” (New York Sun)


About the Author

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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4.0 out of 5 stars easy to follow Aug. 14 2014
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The recipes are concise and complete, easy to follow, and cover all what I remember of jewish sirian food. Excellent book. I've been able to reproduce almost exactly some of the tastes and food I ate when I was a child. Very good photos. The book also has a very interesting introduction regarding the jews in Siria.
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By suzi
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An amazing book. Pictures and history are remarkable. Love the recipes. A great gift.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book that is a MUST for every hope that ... July 24 2014
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A book that is a MUST for every hope that enjoys Middle East cooking and Kitchen Sanity to the Dining Table

Jack Cohen
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great photos. Fantastic recipes Aug. 7 2014
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Great photos. Fantastic recipes, I am Syrian so I am biased ;-). A must for any person who misses Aleppo cuisine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Outstanding! A 'Wow'! Aug. 9 2008
By S. Bart
I recently purchased this book after discovering it on Amazon.com and reading the wealth of positive customer reviews. This book is not only a beautiful coffee table book, but the recipes I've tried so far (about 9) were simple and turned out absolutely delicious. Of note, I already had a wonderful recipe for Basbusa, but the one in this book tasted far superior! It was the best I've ever tasted. I ad libbed and added just before serving; sliced strawberries, frozen vanilla yogurt and a splach of Soho liqueur (Lychee flavoured). The Mujedrah (rice and brown lentils with caramelized onions) was so simple, yet the flavours were superb - better than others I've tasted. One of my new favorites is the Keftes (Tamarind-stewed meatballs). This is so simple and quick to make, yet so delicious.

The photos and explanations given in this book are superb. The stories and history Ms. Dweck shares of her family and the Syrian Jews make this extraordinary book even more remarkable. I pick this book up over and over again for both the history, customs and cultural information as well as for new recipe ideas.

I also own Claudia Roden's 'The Book of Jewish Food' and noted that both Ms. Dweck and Ms. Roden seem to share the same family name (Phonetically). Ms. Roden's family originates also from Aleppo and the family name is 'Douek'. Although spelled differently, the pronunciation is the same. Perhaps these two great ladies of culinary writing and expertise are related?

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in expanding their cooking experience and library.
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