A Fistful of Lentils

Syrian-Jewish Recipes from Grandma Fritzie’s Kitchen

By Jennifer Felicia Abadi

FistfulofLentilsLet Jennifer Abadi be your guide to the best-kept secret in Middle Eastern cuisine. Abadi embarked on this labor of love—an intimate culinary food album featuring more than 125 Syrian-Jewish recipes, warm family anecdotes, and stories of Syrian-Jewish culture and history—with help from her grandmother, Fritzie Abadi, to record and preserve all the wonderful Syrian-Jewish dishes she had grown up with and that she feared would be lost to future generations.


A Fistful of Lentils is a fine work of culinary archaeology, but even more, it’s a vibrant, living cookbook, chock full of exciting recipes from one of the lesser known, but most remarkable, Jewish gastronomic subcultures.”

—Steven Raichlen, author of The Barbecue Bible and How to Grill

“For Syrian Jewish women, cooking is an art form, shared among neighbors and families but closely guarded from outsiders. Luckily, Abadi offers these secrets in her book.”

—Starred review, Publishers Weekly

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Pages: 384
Trim Size: 7 ¼ x 9 1/8 in.
Interior Design:
2 Color

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