Aleppo Family History, a Precious Memory

Published May 4, 2018

My Aleppo family history is a precious memory for me. My grandparents, who were early Twentieth century immigrants from Syria, brought more than their humble belongings and culture. Those of us who came after them were given a sense of their history through the traditions and Syrian foods they prepared for us. They also left behind a real respect for all that they accomplished in this, their new home country.

Today, with all the turmoil in the Middle East and the war in Syria, it has become clearer to me, not only what they left behind, but what is now lost. For hundreds of years, Aleppo was renown throughout Syria and the Middle East for its exceptional cuisine. Now, several years after the start of that Syrian war, I am more convinced than ever that the culture and foods of that region should be preserved. With that in mind, I wrote an article for in which I tell in more detail, what my Arab heritage means to me and our family. You’ll find that in both my cookbooks, Sitto’s Kitchen and Sitto’s Kitchen II, I reflected on those moments and memories of my grandmother’s time with me as she prepared those foods and recipes we all enjoyed. I hope that you’ll find them entertaining, informative and as heartwarming to you as they were to me as I wrote them.