I'm a native New Yorker, born bred and raised on Manhattan's Upper West Side. I come from an art background (attended Music & Art High School, now LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts) and continued on to the University of Pennsylvania where I majored in art history. After graduation I moved around in several jobs before becoming a freelance graphic designer in the publishing field. After working in the art department of Workman Publishing for several years, I got the idea to write, design, and illustrate my own cookbook of family recipes and stories (eventually to be published as, "A Fistful of Lentils: Syrian-Jewish Recipes From Grandma Fritzie's Kitchen"). Once my cookbook came out on the shelves I began teaching Syrian cooking classes all over the city, branching out over the years to become an expert in all Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and Sephardic cooking and culture. My interest in this cuisine is not only in preserving its delicious recipes, but recording the personal stories and memories behind the dishes as context to a rich culture. My blog is my next project and passion in being able to preserve the dishes, stories, traditions, and memories for Passover in the Middle Eastern and Sephardic world of Jewish cooking and culture.
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