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Book Size: 7.5 x 9.75

Pages: 248

Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9781623718978

Imprint: Interlink Books

Edition: 1

Photography by: Rania Kataf

Illustrations: Illustrations, color

Release date: Spring 2021

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Sumac

Recipes and Stories from Syria

By • Photography by Rania Kataf

$ 35

“This book takes you on a journey into the lives of Syrians, before the war, remembering home, the best way they know how: through the dinner table of their ancestors. It is a delight and a celebration of everything that symbolizes hope and connection. You just want to cook everything in it. I loved it. It’s beautiful.”  – Joudie Kalla, author of Palestine on a Plate and Baladi

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About this book

Exploring the connection of food and culture

The Syrian kitchen, shaped by influences from neighboring countries, has deep historical roots and evolved to perfection over thousands of years.

Sumac is filled with traditional and contemporary Syrian recipes that were inspired by personal stories. The gorgeous photography illustrates how beautiful this country was and still is, and family photographs add depth to the author's history. Each chapter is filled with the author's memories of family celebrations and the country that inspired the book. He tells stories of traditional weekend breakfasts in his grandmother's garden and of the mezze his mother cooked for family gatherings. There are memories of the rich aromatic flavors of the Syrian kitchen where fragrant spices like the lemony and deep red sumac are prized ingredients.

In the author's words: "With this book, I hope to build a bridge between Syrian culture and the rest of the world, with food the common denominator. But even more, I hope that Sumac will present a positive image of my country, in spite of all the unfortunate events now taking place in Syria."

- Over eighty recipes, inspired by the author's family recipes and his travels

- Beautifully photographed by Rania Kataf, who shot Humans of Damascus

- For anybody curious about a country so often in the news headlines but so difficult to visit as a tourist

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About the author

Anas Atassi was born in Homs, Syria and now lives in Amsterdam. Every summer the whole family went back to Homs to be together and celebrate the season. Good food was an important part of that celebration and Anas has remained a lover of Syrian cuisine which started his great love for cooking. Sumac: Recipes and Stories from Syria is his first cookbook.

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“This book takes you on a journey into the lives of Syrians, before the war, remembering home, the best way they know how: through the dinner table of their ancestors. It is a delight and a celebration of everything that symbolizes hope and connection. You just want to cook everything in it. I loved it. It’s beautiful.”  –Joudie Kalla, author of Palestine on a Plate and Baladi

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