Building Peace through Food is a cookbook dedicated to help Syrian refugees.
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Soup for Syria, a cookbook dedicated to help Syrian refugees. All proceeds will help to build buy foodstuff for families in need.

Mouneh: Preserving Foods for the Lebanese Pantry, winner of the Gourmand Cookbook Award 2010 and Prix de la Litterature Gastronomique 2010, continues Barbara's quest to discover and preserve Lebanese culinary heritage. 

Mezze: A Labor of Love, winner of the Gourmand Cookbook Award 2013, extends her exploration of our local food traditions. 

Barbara is a founding member of Slow Food Beirut and a delegate of the International Terra Madre Community. She hosts a television program every week introducing viewers to regional food and village folk. She has worked as a food consultant developing menus for local and international clients who seek knowledge of Lebanese cooking techniques.The book Soup for Syria is her contribution to help people in need in times of war regardless of nationality. Because we are all human beings with the same needs (food, shelter, love). This book is dedicated to feed the body and soul of the poor refugees living in miserable conditions all over Lebanon and other countries. It's cry for help: with photography, recipes, stories, and much more. Had I been a barber, I would have cut all the refugees hair for free. I am dedicating one year of my life to document, cook, and publish this work to help using my expertise with the help of talented and caring people and friends.

What We Need & What You Get 

We want to print 3,000 copies to sell them for 30 USD to raise money for our cause.
The costs are:
-Printing: 15,500 USD
-Graphic Designer: 3,000 USD
-Writer / photographer/ recipe costs: 3,000 USD
-Event to launch the book (photo exhibit) + commission to Zoomal: 3,500 USD
Total cost is 25,000 USD to carry out the project of the book.

The funds will be sent to the publisher in the USA for him to publish there. 

If we get more than we need , the rest will be put forward to the project that will ultimately be given to buy foodstuff for the refugees.

The Impact 

Because publishing a book is expensive, we need your help. By contributing to this project you would be part of this humanitarian effort that would ultimately help others. Our aim is to publish the book and with the proceeds distribute the money to fund a food relief. No one in this century should suffer because of malnutrition while others suffer from obesity. It's a crime.


The world has failed Syria’s refugees and some of the world’s wealthiest countries have turned their backs on this humanitarian disaster. Syria’s neighbors—Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, and Iraq—have together absorbed more that

3.8 million refugees. The need for food relief is great and growing.

Acclaimed chefs and cookbook authors the world over have come together to help food relief efforts to alleviate the suffering of Syrian refugees. Each has contributed a recipe to this beautifully illustrated cookbook of delicious soups from around the world. Contributors include: 

Alice Waters, Paula Wolfert, Claudia Roden, Chef Greg Maalouf, Chef Alexis Coquelet, Chef Chris Borunda, Chef Alexandra Stratou, Necibe Dogru, Aglaia Kremenzi, and many others.

Celebrity chefs contribute favorite recipes to help feed Syrian refugees • Fabulous soups from around the world—from hearty winter warmers to chilled summer soups • Easy-to-follow instructions with stunning color photos throughout • Recipes made with no-fuss ingredients found in your local supermarket

All profits from the sales of the cookbook will be donated to help fund food relief efforts through various nonprofit organizations. Most Syrians hope that one day they will be able to return to their country and rebuild their lives. For now, though, what we can do is listen to their pleas. So be part of this vital work of saving lives and help us deliver essential food items to the displaced refugees.

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I am a published author / photographer. To date I have published three books: Man'oushe / Mouneh / Mezze. All have won international awards. Man'oushe has been published in North America and is available in major bookshops. My skills are…

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A thank you postcard from the book by email.
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Your name will be published in the thank you section of the book.
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