Imad's Syrian Kitchen
A Love Letter from Damascus
By Imad Alarnab$ 35
“Instructions are clear and thoughtful throughout, but it’s the author’s personal experiences that make this heartfelt cookbook shine.” — Publishers Weekly
About this book
Complete with heartfelt stories, stunning photography, and beautiful illustrations, Imad's Syrian Kitchen features 90 sensational recipes celebrating the flavors of Syria.
This is the first cookbook by Imad Alarnab, a renowned chef from Damascus. Imad now runs an acclaimed restaurant in London, which was named GQ’s “Best Breakthrough Restaurant 2022.” Imad’s Syrian Kitchen is a bustling tour through 90 traditional and adapted Syrian dishes that can be made in the comfort of your own home. Imad introduces us to the delicious flavors and techniques of the Syrian kitchen. And alongside delicious recipes, mouthwatering photography, and beautiful illustrations, Imad shares the unforgettable details of how he came to settle in London, as well as the story of his home country, Syria. This book is a celebration of how food has the power to bring people together.
From Imad: “From the traditional dishes that my mother first taught me to cook, to the imaginative food that has become my own, my recipes tell my story. Enjoy them simply on their own or pile your table high and gather with family and friends. Come, join the feast, and let me share with you the unforgettable flavors of my Syrian kitchen.”Brand: Imad Alarnab
“In this moving debut collection, restaurateur Alarnab writes plaintively of migrating from Syria … His unvarnished descriptions of the immigrant experience (‘We were cold, exhausted, afraid of what came next’)—are movingly rendered and segue smoothly into recipes where generosity is the watchword … Instructions are clear and thoughtful throughout, but it’s the author’s personal experiences that make this heartfelt cookbook shine.” — Publishers Weekly
“In July 2015, restaurateur Alarnab bade farewell to his family and fled his beloved Damascus … Damascene cuisine will seem familiar to anyone experienced in Middle Eastern cooking, but the particular flavors that infuse Alarnab’s hummus, baba ganoush, fattoush salad, falafel, kuftah, tabbouleh, kibbeh, and much more reflect his own take on Syrian traditions … Recipes are clear, and many questions may be answered by the color photographs. But the beating heart of this cookbook is the saga of Alarnab’s escape … Anyone who wants to know what it means to be a refugee will be staggered by Alarnab’s harrowing account.” — Booklist