Sohla El-Waylly | Start Here: Instructions for Becoming a Better Cook: A Cookbook

Tue, December 5, 2023 7:30 P.M.
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In conversation with Reem Kassis

A chef, writer, video producer, and community advocate, Sohla El-Waylly hosts Mystery Menu for The New York Times Cooking YouTube channel and The History Channel’s Ancient Recipes with Sohla, and serves as a judge on HBO Max’s The Big Brunch. She formerly worked as an assistant food editor at Bon Appétit, where she frequently appeared in the magazine’s cooking videos, and she has also been featured on Food52, Serious Eats, and on the popular Babish Culinary Universe YouTube channel. A graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, El-Waylly trained at various New York City restaurants, including Del Posto, Atera, and Battersby, before opening a restaurant in Brooklyn with her husband. In Start Here, the recipe developer serves up a transformative guide to the fundamentals of good cooking alongside a mix-and-match batch of recipe variations.

Reem Kassis is the author of The Palestinian Table, a guide to Middle Eastern cooking woven together through recipes, regional history, and three generations of family traditions. Praised by fellow Philadelphian Michael Solomonov as “an incredible cookbook,” The Palestinian Table won the 2018 Guild of Food Writers First Book Award and was nominated for a James Beard Foundation Cookbook Award. Born and raised in Jerusalem, Kassis is a graduate of the Wharton School and a former business consultant, and has contributed to periodicals such as the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times.  Her latest book The Arabesque Table is a collection of recipes that celebrates Arab cuisine’s diverse history and dynamic present.

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A book signing will follow the presentation.
Books provided by Uncle Bobbie's Coffee and Books

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