Pavilion Books is to publish a cookbook to raise money for Syrian relief efforts, with recipes donated by chefs including Yotam Ottolenghi, Claudia Roden and Anthony Bourdain.
Author Barbara Abdeni Massaad and Michel Moushabeck at US publisher Interlink Books came up with the idea of Soup for Syria, and Pavilion is working with Interlink to publish the book.
Moushabeck said: “The idea came about last autumn during a dinner conversation in London with Barbara, who lives in Lebanon. We were talking about the plight of the Syrian refugees and Barbara mentioned how she would fill up the trunk of her car with ingredients and head to a local camp to make soup for the refugees. She said that after several trips she thought about self-publishing a soup cookbook with recipes donated from friends and neighbours, and using the proceeds from the cookbook sales to buy ingredients to enable her to continue her weekend visits to the camp. Hearing her talk about her idea, my brain immediately went into fast forward. I thought it was a brilliant idea from someone with a big heart, but that it would achieve very little considering the magnitude of the crisis. I was convinced that if we could get celebrity chefs to donate soup recipes then we had a good chance at selling a huge number of copies throughout the world."
Pavilion Books’ owner Polly Powell said: “Each year we undertake a charity project so when Michel told me about Soup for Syria, I said yes immediately. We are currently in the process of seeking a retail partnership to match our donation and also in talks with a national high street takeaway chain to promote one of the soups from the book in their restaurants.”
Soup for Syria will be published on 15th October, costing £18.99. All proceeds will go to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to help fund relief efforts to Syrian refugees.