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The Immigrant Cookbook
Recipes that Make America Great
collected and edited by Leyla Moushabeck

published 2018 • 7.5" x 9.75" • 224 pages • full-color photos
ISBN 9781566560382 • hardback • $35.00

“Outstanding…” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) “Impressive…” —Los Angeles Times “A great collection…” —Booklist “An expansive feast…” —Food & Wine • “Celebrates immigrant chefs…” —Forbes “Timely and important…” —Vogue “Powerful, important, and delicious…” —Anthony Bourdain “A vital reminder and celebration…” —Yotam Ottolenghi “[A] beautiful book...” —Alice Waters “A gorgeous celebration...” —David Lebovitz • “The best story of America…” —Deborah Madison

“This is a powerful, important, and delicious cookbook which everyone should own. Roots cooking at its finest.”
Anthony Bourdain

 “Recipes tell two stories: the story of how to make a meal and the story of the people who have made it over time. Recipes, like people, come from somewhere. They bring this somewhere to their new home and, in so doing, create something new. The resulting meal, like the resulting country, is all the better for it. The Immigrant Cookbook is a vital reminder and celebration of these two stories.”
—Yotam Ottolenghi

“Reading the recipes in this beautiful book, I felt like I was listening to a language that could help bridge every divide!”
—Alice Waters

 “The Immigrant Cookbook is exceptionally beautiful and important—the best story of America. It contains so much more than recipes and should be in every American kitchen for Americans to show off and use with joy. It is a book that will have pride of place—and use—in my kitchen!”
—Deborah Madison

“A gorgeous celebration of the delicious diversity of America—plate by plate.”
—David Lebovitz

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More than 42 million people living in the United States came here from other countries. Since its beginnings, America has been a haven for people seeking refuge from political or economic troubles, or simply those in search of adventure and prosperity in a land where opportunity is promised to all. These émigrés, from every corner of the world, helped make America great long before the 2016 election.

Along with their hopes and dreams, they brought valuable gifts: recipes from their homelands that transformed the way America eats. What would the Southwest be without its piquant green chili pepper sauces and stews, New York City without its iconic Jewish delis, Dearborn without its Arab eateries, or Louisiana without the Creole and Cajun flavors of its signature gumbos and jambalayas? Imagine an America without pizza or pad Thai, hummus or hot dogs, sushi or strudel—for most people, it wouldn’t taste much like America at all.

In these times of troubling anti-immigrant rhetoric, The Immigrant Cookbook: Recipes that Make America Great offers a culinary celebration of the many ethnic groups that have contributed to America’s vibrant food culture. This beautifully photographed cookbook features appetizers, entrees, and desserts—some familiar favorites, some likely to be new encounters—by renowned chefs from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Europe.

Contributors: Aarón Sánchez, Alicia Maher, Ana Patuleia Ortins, Ana Sofía Peláez, Ana Sortun, Anita Jaisinghani, Anita Lo, April Bloomfield, Ariane Daguin, Barbara Abdeni Massaad, Bonnie Morales, Brenda Abdelall, Cara Stadler, Carla Capalbo, Cathal Armstrong, Charles Phan, Claus Meyer, Cristina Martinez, Curtis Stone, Dalia Mortada, Daniel Boulud, David SooHoo, Didem Hosgel, Dominique Ansel, Einat Admony, Ejhadji Cisse and Cheikh Cisse, Emma Bengtsson, Enrique Olvera, Hanif Sadr Hari Nayak, Ignacio Mattos, Ingrid Hoffmann, Ivan Garcia, Jesus Delgado Joan Nathan, Joanne Chang, John Sugimura, José AndrésJosh Ku and Trigg Brown, Katrina Jazayeri, Laila El-Haddad, Lauryn Chun, Leela Punyaratabandhu, Lina Fat, Marco Canora, Maria Loi, Markus Glocker, Martin Yan, Mei Chau, Monica Meehan, Mourad Lahlou, Moussa Doualeh, Nadia Hassani, Nadia Hubbi and Deana Kabakibi, Naji Boustany, Najmieh Batmanglij, Nick Balla, Nina Compton, Pat Tanumihardja, Paulina Farro, Rawia Bishara, Reem Assil, Ron Duprat, Roni Mazumdar, Ryan Lachaine, Salma Hage, Samantha Seneviratne, Serge Madikians, Sheldon Simeon, Thomas Kim, Tsiona Bellete, Tunde Wey, Zareen Khan, Zarela Martinez, Ziggy Marley

Leyla Moushabeck is Interlink Publishing’s longtime cookbook editor. Over the past 10 years, she has worked on numerous award-winning cookbooks, including, most recently, Interlink’s humanitarian cookbook project Soup for Syria: Recipes to Celebrate Our Shared Humanity and The Aleppo Cookbook, winner of the 2017 Art of Eating Prize. She is born to a Palestinian father and a British mother, and lives with her Colombian husband and son in Brooklyn. 

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“In her introduction, Moushabeck references ‘these troubling times of anti-immigrant rhetoric’ and counters that rhetoric by extolling the culinary gifts 42 million American immigrants have given the country, which are the inspiration for this excellent collection of recipes provided by immigrants and their descendants. Each recipe includes a personal, often touching headnote and brief bio. The diversity of recipes is staggering: Armenian yogurt soup, roasted whole fish from Senegal with a bracing spice rub, colorful Singapore stir-fry. Some are innovative twists on classics; others are tried-and-true favorites. Author and blogger Nadia Hassani combines her German and Tunisian heritage by braiding challah dough around a rhubarb filling. Chef Reem Assil discovered muhammara while visiting her father’s family in Syria. Ivan Garcia’s pozole is eaten in Mexico to celebrate Mother’s Day, birthdays, and ‘sometimes a divorce.’ Moushabeck strikes a balance between big-name chefs (Michelin-starred chef and humanitarian José Andrés checks in with his wife’s gazpacho) and figures such as Tunde Wey, who emigrated from Nigeria at 16 and runs a dinner series exploring race. Wey’s contribution is a recipe for smoky jollof rice, made with turmeric, coriander, and chili pepper. Affection for these dishes is palpable: writer Samantha Seneviratne says that her cashew semolina cake from Sri Lanka is so fragrant that it ‘doubles as aromatherapy’ while baking. This is an outstanding melting pot of recipes.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 “In very few places will you, all at once, encounter so many James Beard Award–winning chefs and so many food professionals who are committed to making dreams come true. In this book, for which editor Moushabeck and the publisher are donating a portion of proceeds to the ACLU in support of immigrants’ rights, more than 70 gourmet talents contribute 75 dishes from their native countries, covering a medley of cuisines from every continent but Antarctica. There are lots of recognizable names: Daniel Boulud (who contributes Lyonnaise salad with lardons), Australia’s Curtis Stone (Pavlova with coconut cream and tropical fruits), Cronut inventor Dominique Ansel (mini-madeleines), and Jamaica’s Ziggy Marley (coconut dream fish). Each profile-recipe features a straightforward bio and photo of the recipe’s inventor, an “in my own words” introduction about the dish and its origins, and an exquisite color photograph. Directions are written in narrative style, with ingredients posted on the side. A great collection that benefits from the incredible accomplishments of its contributors, and its excellent cause.

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