The Bread and Salt Between Us

by Mayada Anjari with Jennifer Sit; Foreward by José Andrés

  • Hardcover, 176 pages

  • ISBN: 978-1891105630

  • $24.95

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Organized by everyday fare, celebrations, and sweets, The Bread and Salt Between Us offers over forty recipes that recall the flavor and comforts of Mayada's home in Syria. From the fresh tabbouleh she learned to prepare alongside her mother and sisters to the rice pudding that won over her future husband, these easy-to-approach dishes tell the story of a family whose culinary traditions have sustained them as they build a new life in the United States.

To show her gratitude to the community that sponsored her family's resettlement, Mayada prepared a meal. This simple act of sharing food ignited an outpouring of support. A regular supper series ensued, drawing crowds that were as enthusiastic to help her family as they were to enjoy her cooking. The story of Mayada's journey is beautifully chronicled in this personal recipe collection. All proceeds from sale of this book will directly benefit Mayada's family, and members of the refugee community.

About the Authors

Mayada Anjari is a mother of four and an active home cook. She lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Jennifer Sit is a cookbook editor, writer, and James Beard Award–nominated coauthor of Senegal: Modern Senegalese Recipes from the Source to the Bowl with Pierre Thiam. She has edited cookbooks at independent publisher Lake Isle Press and at Blue Apron, including the IACP Award–winning Blue Apron Cookbook. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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A quietly powerful reflection on how food can bring families together, Mayada’s book honors the everyday rhythms of the immigrant experience. Fatayer, mulukhiyah, tabbouleh―these recipes show why Syrian cuisine should have a place at everyone’s table.
— Marcus Samuelsson, co-owner of Red Rooster Harlem
Diana Kuan