The Lebanese Palate: Recipes and Traditions from Saint Elias Maronite Church by Nicole Boohaker Shirah

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  • Published Jan 01 2008
  • Format Ring-bound
  • Page Count 143
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Saint Elias Maronite Church

Publishers Text

If you were hungry on a Thursday night in the 1950’s, chances were good you were standing in a line that stretched out of the basement at St. Elias Maronite Church. Most of the Lebanese residents of Birmingham, and anyone in the know, were waiting for the best food money could buy- a $1.25 plate of traditional Lebanese fare. Talented ladies with great faith and dedication had developed a reputation for preparing a wonderful meal. They arrived early in the day performing hours of backbreaking work in a tiny kitchen that, according to legend, occasionally filled with ankle-deep water from the faulty furnace. They did this in order to feed a crowd of people while building community and raising money for their beloved church. These ladies, collectively known as The Ladies’ Altar Society, still grace us with their talents, hard work and delicious meals. Several milestones in our church history are attributed to their efforts and dedication. To this day they continue to support St. Elias through their good works. The food and traditions used by The Ladies’ Altar Society are drawn from centuries of Maronite life. Generations of our own loved ones have contributed their knowledge of the Lebanese palate and the Maronite faith for the benefit of the Society and St. Elias Maronite Church. In an effort to document their work and faith for future generations we have lovingly compiled this cookbook for all to enjoy. It is a great pleasure to present the recipes of our Ladies’ Altar Society in The Lebanese Palate. Happy cooking!