I don’t believe anyone who says being passionate about food is enough!
It’s not. Curiosity, a deep sense of my heritage, and plenty of madness pushed my boundaries to cook with the kind of meditation that transforms food into art and evokes beautiful memories.
I developed this particular philosophy while exploring the world of gastronomy for the first time. Those early months, those first introductions to a rich variety of cuisines, were complex and overwhelming, just like the tasks at hand…
Cuisines are mediators of civilizations which reflect and designate different cultures.
Ana Halabi is my first book from the show “Matbakhna al Arabi”—a show where I present authentic Arab cuisine to those who love food just like me. But in Ana Halabi, I describe the spirit of the deeply-rooted Aleppian cuisine to you, as well as its secrets and how it influences my cooking style and life.
Of course I always ensure to add a modern touch to the shape and content of each dish, all the while preserving the classic foundation of Aleppian cuisine. In this book, I present more than 60 of the most famous Aleppian recipes, and even a few of their rich histories.Ana Halabi