Meet Jennifer

Recipe Preserver

Cookbook Writer

Culinary Instructor

Sephardic & Judeo-Arabic



Hi, my name is Jennifer Abadi and I specialize in preserving Sephardic and Judeo-Arabic recipes, food memories, and traditions. My area of expertise covers a range of Jewish cuisines (from Syria, Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, Italy, Georgia, Afghanistan, Bukharia, Iran, Iraq, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Ethiopia, and India), and for more than twelve years I have been a culinary instructor teaching my personally developed recipes from these communities in the following professional cooking schools: the Jewish Community Center (JCC Manhattan), the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE), and the Natural Gourmet Institute, as well as in private homes. I give Jewish food tours on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, and work for a variety of clients in the New York City area as a personal chef. I am an active member of the New York Women’s Culinary Alliance (NYWCA) as well as I’ve done multiple food demonstrations on NBC, ABC, and Fox 5 News, and have been interviewed by such radio shows as “Awake, Alive, and Jewish,” “Radio Sefarad: The English Corner” (in Spain), and “Secret Cuisines & Sacred Rituals.” I was featured on an episode of LunchNYC (on NYC life, Channel 25 Time Warner) focusing on healthy ethnic cooking and culture in New York City. I wrote and illustrated my first cookbook-memoir, A Fistful of Lentils: Syrian-Jewish Recipes from Grandma’s Fritzie’s Kitchen based upon recipes and stories from my family, and I am currently completing my second cookbook that focuses on Sephardic and Middle Eastern recipes, traditions, and memories for Passover.

Every month I write for my blog TooGoodToPassover about my discoveries for my cookbook.


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