#CookforSyria Recipe Book Worldwide Giveaway

Purchasing #CookforSyria Recipe Book will be a gift to yourself. It is not only a spectacular cookbook, but also provides the satisfaction of donating to help the Syrian humanitarian effort as all profits from the sale of this book is donated to charity.

When I first received this book, the cookbook lover in me was taken with the beautiful photographs and delicious sounding recipes. When the full gravity of the situation that is occuring in this area of the world and the hope that the profits from the sale of these books will provide to UNICEF's Children of Syria Fund hit me, it was heartwrenching. It is a small thing to do - to buy a cookbook that has the potential to save lives and bring comfort to those whose daily existence is filled with suffering, pain and unspeakable acts of terror. 

Another title I should mention is Soup for Syria: Recipes to Celebrate Our Shared Humanity by Barbara Abdeni Massaad which was released in October of 2015 with a similar goal - to help those in need using food as a medium. At our very core, we all have the same basic needs: shelter, food and the knowledge that our loved ones are safe and healthy. Most of us are fortunate that we enjoy these things on a daily basis. The food community has found a way to help those whose basic needs have been obliterated. Food is a universal comfort and now a tool to spread awareness and raise money for aid.
#CookForSyria is home to a collection of generations' old recipes donated by Syrian families as well as Syrian-inspired recipes donated by celebrity chefs and cookbook authors. More information can be found on my article from December. Thanks to Serena Guen, the editor of this beautiful book, for sharing a link to a recipe for Grilled Marinated Neck of Lamb with Pisto and Hummus that we can try now. 

Eat Your Books is donating two copies of this book in our giveaway today open to members worldwide. I, personally, am offering two copies of this book as well - that makes a total of four books that are available in this giveaway. Even if you have this book yourself, please help us by sharing this post and spreading the love. 

One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post:

What recipe from the index would you try first?

Please note that you must be logged into the Rafflecopter contest before posting or your entry won't be counted. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends at midnight on May 10th, 2017.  



  • Siegal  on  4/6/2017 at 12:30 PM

    I want to make basbousa

  • kaenkay  on  4/6/2017 at 12:32 PM

    This recipe I would love to make --> Lentils & pasta with tamarind, sumac & pomegranate (Harak osbao)

  • Kristjudy  on  4/6/2017 at 12:34 PM

    Freekeh chicken

  • Titch  on  4/6/2017 at 12:57 PM

    I would love to try the Slow-cooked spiced lamb shoulder with buttermilk & coriander, because I love lamb & have not tried thsi combination of flavours before :) x

  • hippiechick1955  on  4/6/2017 at 12:59 PM

    I would start with the Spinach and Lentil Soup for my first course.

  • lozzle77  on  4/6/2017 at 1:16 PM

    Freekeh chicken sounds yummy

  • bcarpenter  on  4/6/2017 at 1:24 PM

    lamb meatballs with sour cherries

  • jr0717  on  4/6/2017 at 1:28 PM

    The chickpea dip would be a must - I'm a chickpea addict!

  • annmartina  on  4/6/2017 at 1:47 PM

    I have a friend who is displaced from her home in Syria. I would have her pick her favorite recipe and cook it with her.

  • sefardicook  on  4/6/2017 at 2:01 PM

    I would love to try the Syrian pizza!

  • jenmacgregor18  on  4/6/2017 at 2:52 PM

    Lamb & pomegranate flatbreads looks lovely.

  • AGENT99  on  4/6/2017 at 3:21 PM

    I'd like to try the Potato kofte

  • vinochic  on  4/6/2017 at 3:24 PM

    I want to make it all! But I would start with falafel with winter slaw & yogurt !

  • Bridie  on  4/6/2017 at 3:39 PM

    definitely father - one of my all time faves

  • banba1  on  4/6/2017 at 5:36 PM

    The crispy kale and squash lentils sounds great -- and I think I have most of the ingredients on hand!

  • eliza  on  4/6/2017 at 6:03 PM

    I want to try Muhammara.

  • CharmianC  on  4/6/2017 at 6:44 PM

    Slow-cooked spiced lamb shoulder with buttermilk & coriander sounds fabulous. It’s hard to pick since they all sound so good.

  • abaayens  on  4/6/2017 at 7:25 PM

    grilled marinated lamb neck with pisto and hummus. yum.

  • heyjude  on  4/6/2017 at 8:04 PM


  • IslandgirlOK  on  4/6/2017 at 10:43 PM

    Za'atar flatbreads with honey-poached figs & grilled halloumi

  • JUDITHW  on  4/6/2017 at 11:06 PM

    Fatteh’d magdous – Stuffed baby aubergines in a tomato and yoghurt sauc

  • tinaellen  on  4/6/2017 at 11:38 PM

    Lamb burger with braised lamb shoulder, feta sauce, and aleppo pepper relish!

  • NancyLynn  on  4/7/2017 at 12:21 AM

    I didn't get too far into the index! First recipe.... I love cardamom, dates and pancakes

  • AnnaZed  on  4/7/2017 at 12:43 AM

    I want to make Pancakes with ricotta, dates & cardamom honey (Atayef) (page 14) from #Cook for Syria: The Recipe Book 2016 by Serena Guen

  • NikkiPixie  on  4/7/2017 at 5:28 AM

    Slow-cooked spiced lamb shoulder with buttermilk & coriander sounds amazing.

  • lhudson  on  4/7/2017 at 7:03 AM

    Meatballs with Butternut Squash and Tahini Sauce

  • Aggie92  on  4/7/2017 at 8:31 AM

    Heavenly spiced chicken kabobs.

  • monique.potel  on  4/7/2017 at 10:04 AM

    so many temptation and so little time i think i would like to start with Beef brisket kari & smoked aubergine raita i might change my mind by the time the books gets to me i want it i want it i want it

  • ravensfan  on  4/7/2017 at 10:19 AM

    Syrian pizza

  • imjammin2  on  4/7/2017 at 11:07 AM

    I would like to try Yalangi

  • hempowerment  on  4/7/2017 at 11:25 AM

    Confit duck kibbeh with smoked aubergine labneh

  • Maura  on  4/7/2017 at 3:35 PM

    Would love this cookbook, the Syrian kofte, pickled white cabbage, preserved lemon & yoghurt pitta sandwich sounds so authentic! And anything with za'atar!

  • Maura  on  4/7/2017 at 3:45 PM

    I forgot to add what an amazing and worthy cause!!

  • Huwshoots  on  4/7/2017 at 5:26 PM

    I want to try them all!

  • pokarekare  on  4/7/2017 at 10:00 PM


  • AnnaZed  on  4/7/2017 at 10:10 PM

    ::Sorry:: I didn't put the actual URL of my tweet up there. Here it is: https://twitter.com/AnnaZed/status/850545837499228160

  • Dollsmith  on  4/7/2017 at 11:10 PM

    https://www.eatyourbooks.com/library/recipes/1764857/freekeh-chicken Sounds yummy!

  • t.t  on  4/7/2017 at 11:12 PM

    Stuffed peppers (Koosa mahshi)

  • carolwatson  on  4/7/2017 at 11:51 PM

    Would love to make Glazed squash with rosehip harissa and tahini. I have plenty of organic rosehips going to waste!

  • mmamma  on  4/8/2017 at 12:38 AM

    Syrian pizza for sure, I have to give it a try!

  • Astrid5555  on  4/8/2017 at 1:35 AM

    I would love to cook the the slow-cooked spiced lamb shoulder with buttermilk & coriander!

  • TrishaCP  on  4/8/2017 at 3:25 AM

    The lamb shoulder for me as well....

  • fiarose  on  4/8/2017 at 7:59 AM

    oh my god, impossible. Herby pancakes with baharat-spiced roasted vegetables, labneh, Aleppo pepper oil & pistachio & pink peppercorn dukkah, stuffed baby aubergine, any of the smoked aubergine recipes, olive oil and pistachio cake with yogurt sorbet...

  • ktwalla  on  4/8/2017 at 9:16 AM

    Poached eggs with chilli butter & yogurt.

  • Lem9579  on  4/8/2017 at 10:49 AM

    Probably the pigeon breast with beet root, harissa and labneh. Harissa and labneh are two of my favorite things from this region. I'd sub the pigeon for chicken breast though. First, I've never had pigeon and second highly doubt I can get that here.

  • a2cook  on  4/8/2017 at 11:11 AM


  • Potterhill  on  4/8/2017 at 11:36 AM

    The recipe I would make first is Portuguese rice pudding yabrak with saffron, pistachio & drunken figs (rice pudding wrapped in vine leaves). I have a serious weakness for rice pudding and this variation is calling my name.

  • ballen  on  4/8/2017 at 2:52 PM

    Lamb burger with feta sauce

  • rennots  on  4/8/2017 at 5:00 PM

    Upside down lambcake

  • Bikkie  on  4/8/2017 at 5:21 PM

    My first recipe would be the augergine and chickpea stew - sounds delicious

  • talieUS  on  4/8/2017 at 7:56 PM

    Because I love lamb:Slow-cooked spiced lamb shoulder with buttermilk & coriander

  • JolieLaide  on  4/8/2017 at 10:16 PM

    Syrian Fattoush (p.96) because fattoush is the one salad I crave, and the Lentils and Pasta with tamarind, sumac and pomegranate seeds (p.112)

  • Sakurajima  on  4/8/2017 at 10:32 PM

    I would really like to try Lentils and Pasta with Tamarind, Sumac, and Pomegranate (harak osbao)

  • wester  on  4/9/2017 at 5:08 AM

    So many different recipes that look wonderful! Sumac-cured prawn omelette with Aleppo chilli sambal sounds excellent, but I might also go for one of the simpler recipes.

  • mpdeb98  on  4/9/2017 at 8:57 AM

    Amazing spiced chicken kebabs with tahini yoghurt, sumac flatbreads & pomegranate

  • matag  on  4/9/2017 at 9:19 AM

    Rose Baklava

  • Dechen  on  4/9/2017 at 12:12 PM

    Aleppo lifted kebab with blackened chilli sauce

  • bopper  on  4/9/2017 at 5:11 PM

    ojiji with yoghurt and mint dip

  • PennyG  on  4/9/2017 at 5:42 PM

    Grilled quail with green harissa, pomegranates & dates - sounds delicious!

  • earthnfire  on  4/9/2017 at 6:44 PM

    Stuffed peppers (Koosa mahshi) - I've been looking for a good stuffed pepper recipe - would love to try this.

  • thecharlah  on  4/9/2017 at 10:37 PM

    Sumac-cured prawn omelette with Aleppo chilli sambal

  • sarahawker  on  4/10/2017 at 11:55 AM

    Za'atar flatbreads with honey-poached figs & grilled halloumi

  • bstewart  on  4/10/2017 at 6:57 PM

    Slow-cooked spiced lamb shoulder with buttermilk & coriander!

  • Karla123  on  4/10/2017 at 7:09 PM

    The "fig and almond baklava tart" sounds fabulous!

  • madonnadp  on  4/11/2017 at 12:54 AM

    anything with dates in it!

  • rchreview  on  4/11/2017 at 9:01 AM

    Didn't have to look far - the Pancakes with ricotta, dates & cardamom honey (Atayef) caught my attention first off!

  • petemacy  on  4/11/2017 at 6:02 PM

    I can pick only one!!!! - some of the ingredients listed sound like a flavor party for every tastebud, the one recipe I cannot use my imagination far enough, so would HAVE to make it, is the "Sumac-cured prawn omelette with Aleppo chilli sambal"

  • CindyinOttawa  on  4/11/2017 at 6:06 PM

    I will try so many of these recipes, but since I really love lamb, and barbeque season is on the horizon after a wicked winter, I can't wait to try the Lamb burger with braised lamb shoulder, feta sauce, & Aleppo pepper relish.

  • dzant  on  4/12/2017 at 5:40 AM

    I want to make the sumac-cured prawn omelette first!

  • trudys_person  on  4/12/2017 at 8:48 AM

    The Tahini, Date and Cardamom Cinnamon Rolls sound intriguing!

  • dbielick  on  4/12/2017 at 9:29 AM

    Syrian pizza

  • Uhmandanicole  on  4/15/2017 at 12:18 AM

    Damascene pancakes, topped with grape molasses & tahini

  • Julia  on  4/15/2017 at 7:47 AM

    Freemen chicken.

  • AmandaS  on  4/17/2017 at 2:11 AM

    Confit duck kibbeh with smoked aubergine labneh (page 64)

  • RSW  on  4/17/2017 at 6:40 AM

    Chickpea dip

  • JanScholl  on  4/18/2017 at 1:42 AM

    Za'atar flatbreads with honey-poached figs & grilled halloumi

  • JenJoLa  on  4/18/2017 at 11:56 AM

    Za'atar-spiced falafel with roasted chickpea & parsley hummus sounds great

  • mph993  on  4/20/2017 at 9:48 AM

    Lamb dishes - Slow-cooked spiced lamb shoulder with buttermilk & coriander or lamb meatballs with sour cherries

  • rcruickshank  on  4/20/2017 at 2:55 PM

    Meatballs with butternut squash and tahini sauce

  • jd5761  on  4/20/2017 at 4:43 PM

    Freekeh chicken sounds lovely

  • pandapotamus  on  4/20/2017 at 11:20 PM

    lamb meatballs with sour cherries!

  • edyenicole  on  4/22/2017 at 2:40 PM

    The lamb & pomegranate flat breads sound good.

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  4/22/2017 at 11:43 PM

    I would first make the chocolate, tahini & honey celebration cake.

  • stitchan  on  4/23/2017 at 11:28 AM

    Sumac-cured prawn omelette with Aleppo chilli sambal

  • stevenpeters  on  4/25/2017 at 3:29 PM

    Nage with pumpkin & barberry dumplings

  • infotrop  on  4/25/2017 at 5:22 PM

    Confit duck kibbeh with smoked aubergine labneh have two of my favorite tastes (duck & eggplant)

  • imaluckyducky  on  4/26/2017 at 6:38 PM

    Rose Baklava

  • Ericalgr  on  4/28/2017 at 1:06 AM


  • Allie80  on  4/28/2017 at 5:21 AM

    It's got to be the Sajjeyya (Beef stew with arak) - delicious!

  • Mayandbill  on  4/29/2017 at 2:13 AM

    Chickpea dip for me.

  • silversand  on  4/29/2017 at 5:07 AM

    I love the sound of the Aubergine & chickpea stew!

  • psarreira  on  4/29/2017 at 1:21 PM

    Syrian pizza would be my cooking option.

  • obigi  on  4/29/2017 at 1:41 PM

    I would like to cook slow-cooked spiced lamb shoulder with buttermilk & coriander!

  • Kathejo  on  4/29/2017 at 3:18 PM

    The "Falafel with winter slaw & yoghurt " really grabs my imagination. We love Brussel Sprouts, but rarely do anything too exotic with them. The combination of these ingratiates - satsuma oranges; celery; Brussels sprouts; red onions; mint; parsley; dried chickpeas; coriander leaves; cumin seeds - is very intriguing!

  • lsgourmet  on  4/29/2017 at 4:02 PM

    Easy for me to choose, meatballs with sour cherries. I had this once years ago in the house of a coworker. Unbelievable flavor!

  • Cattyb  on  4/29/2017 at 6:22 PM

    Sumac-cured prawn omelette with Aleppo chilli sambal - sounds absolutely delicious and intriguing. I use sumac a lot but with prawns? Had not thought of that and prawn cured? Even more exciting!

  • ncollyer  on  4/29/2017 at 6:44 PM

    The Za'atar Flatbreads with grilled figs and Halloumi sounds pretty delicious.

  • kiwijan  on  4/29/2017 at 8:04 PM

    The slow-cooked spiced lamb shoulder with buttermilk and coriander sounds too delicious to pass

  • SnarkyLarane  on  4/29/2017 at 8:50 PM

    So many recipes I'm not familiar with, exciting! I would probably try Mushroom broth with smoked freekeh & za'atar oil first though.

  • EmilyR  on  4/30/2017 at 12:52 AM

    Za'atar flatbreads with honey-poached figs & grilled halloumi. We have so many Syrian refugees in Southern California and food is such a great uniter.

  • sequoia55  on  4/30/2017 at 1:24 AM

    Slow-cooked spiced lamb shoulder with buttermilk & coriander

  • GregH  on  4/30/2017 at 5:19 AM

    The Lamb burger with braised lamb shoulder, feta sauce, & Aleppo pepper relish

  • ohyoucook  on  4/30/2017 at 7:36 AM


  • JamieSchler  on  4/30/2017 at 9:13 AM

    Ah, the Syrian pizza!

  • hopezibah  on  4/30/2017 at 10:01 AM

    Labneh balls rolled in Syrian herbs & spices

  • beetlebug  on  5/1/2017 at 6:21 PM

    Either the ricotta date pancakes or the lamb shoulder with buttermilk and coriander.

  • alemily  on  5/7/2017 at 3:12 PM

    Spiced lentil soup

  • Lynled  on  5/9/2017 at 10:34 AM

    Sumac-cured prawn omelette with Aleppo chilli sambal

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