Dweck is one of the coauthors of a beloved series of cookbooks called Deal Delights, with traditional Aleppian Jewish recipes (Deal, NJ, is one of the largest communities, along with Brooklyn, of Aleppian Jews in the United States). Her big, impressive new book presents the social and culinary history of the Syrian Jews, along with close to 200 recipes. Obviously a labor of love, it was written to help preserve the foods and traditions of this venerable community (Dweck notes that the last Jew left Aleppo in 1987; the approximately 100,000 Jews of Aleppian descent who live in the United States, Central and Latin America, and Israel today represent "the largest Sephardic community in the Diaspora"). She includes both simple, everyday recipes and more elaborate dishes for the holidays and other celebrations; headnotes provide context and information on ingredients and techniques. There are also dozens of color photographs of the recipes and of Dweck's family and friends cooking and eating together, as well as period photographs of Aleppo at the turn of the century. A "Syrian Guidebook to Jewish Holidays and Life-Cycle Events" and several glossaries conclude the book. Highly recommended.
“The intriguing recipes inspired me to head for my kitchen, but the story kept me in my chair, riveted.”
“The large-format book could be relegated to the coffee table but won’t be.”
“Tinged with the bittersweet memories of a community that lovingly upholds table traditions of the city that evicted all its members.”
“[Poopa Dweck] has made it her task to preserve their venerable cuisine in its fullness.”
“Aromas of Aleppo is as enticing to read through as to cook from.”
“Poopa Dweck has put together such a wonderful collection of delicious recipes.”
WINNER OF THE JEWISH NATIONAL BOOK AWARD