Barbara Abdeni Massaad
combined both culinary interests and photography to create her first book Man'oushé:
Inside the Street Corner Lebanese Bakery, winner of the Gourmand Cookbook
Award 2009 and The Lebanese Academy of Gastronomy 2009.
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
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 exhitbit) + commission to Zoomal: 3,500 USD
Total cost is 25,000 USD to carry out the project of the book.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 if possible, build a communal kitchen to help refugees cook healthy meals for their children. The rest would go to buy foodstuff, medicine and toys for them at wholesale price and distribute to families. No one in this century should suffer because of malnutrition while others suffer from obesity. It's a crime.
Other Ways You Can Help
If you can't contribute, please spread the word. Use the Zoomal share tools to make everyone know about this campaign.