Jennifer F. Abadi

Jennifer Abadi lives in New York City and is a researcher, developer, and preserver of Sephardic and Judeo-Arabic recipes and food customs. A culinary expert in the Jewish communities of the Middle East, Mediterranean, Central Asia, and North Africa, Jennifer teaches cooking at the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) and at the Jewish Community Center Manhattan (JCC). She also offers private lessons and works for a variety of clients in the New York City area as a personal chef. In addition, Jennifer provides Jewish food and culture tours on Manhattan's Lower East Side. Her first cookbook-memoir, "A Fistful of Lentils: Syrian-Jewish Recipes From Grandma Fritzie's Kitchen," is a collection of recipe and stories from her family. (A new edition of this cookbook will be released later this year.) Her second cookbook, “Too Good To Passover: Sephardic & Judeo-Arabic Seder Menus and Memories from Africa, Asia and Europe” is her most recent book.


Articles by Jennifer F. Abadi

Algerian Meat Patties for Passover

An extra special dish to enjoy for the holiday.

Bastel & Sambussak

Savory filled pockets, a favorite Syrian appetizer

Syrian Lentil Soup

A hearty lentil soup also known as Addes.

Kibbeh Nabilseeyah

Syrian Stuffed Fried Bulgur Wheat