The cookbook is for $40 and can be purchased from Malik's Bookstore
As part of AUB’s on-going 150th anniversary celebrations, the WAAAUB Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter, in collaboration with AUB alumni volunteers, have published ABUNDANCE, a new Mediterranean cookbook, to raise funds for AUB student financial aid.
ABUNDANCE was assembled by 45 AUB alumni volunteers from around the world who offered their culinary talents and educational experience. These volunteers worked for more than 20 months under the guidance of the project leader Asma Ghannam, the cookbook editor Carla Habib Mourad, Samia Hazim for the content, Mayda Freije Makdessi for creative art design, and Heba El Shaar for marketing and media.
These volunteers leveraged shared technology tools and platforms to collect, track, review, edit, and test and taste the recipes. More than 105 worldwide AUB alumni and friends submitted more than 200 Mediterranean recipes for consideration.
Mourad, nutrition expert on the project, described ABUNDANCE as a 416 page hard cover cookbook of 168 delicious recipes and much more. “Rarely does one find in a single publication personalized introductions, photographs, recipe symbols, nutritional information, healthy tips and comprehensive glossaries that enhance universal applicability and address dietary restrictions,” she told us.
ABUNDANCE features art work, photography and illustrations by students, alumni, faculty, and friends, and is the outcome of tremendous hard work and perseverance of the volunteers. “Everyone worked full heartedly knowing that this was for a good cause … for AUB students’ financial aid,” said Asma Ghannam
In her foreword to the book, Dr. Lamya Tannous Khuri said: “I hope the recipes in ABUNDANCE will connect members of the worldwide alumni community of AUB, an organization in a prime position to write a cookbook because of the location of our alma mater in the Mediterranean port city of Beirut.”
ABUNDANCE has received tremendous support and encouragement from AUB leadership and from sponsors. “We were very touched,” said Heba El Shaar, Chairperson for Marketing and Media, “with the sponsors’ support, and in particular from Malik’s bookstores; their leadership and generosity earned them exclusivity to sell ABUNDANCE to the region.”
For her part, Hiba Bitar chair of WAAAUB chapters and awards committees said: “We work towards enhancing the link between WAAAUB and its 56 professional and geographical Alumni chapters distributed over Lebanon, MENA, Europe, North America and other rest of the world regions… Not only an emotionally touching initiative but also a socially responsible one, as the gathered fund will be used in students’ scholarships.”
The cookbook is for $40 and can be purchased from Malik's Bookstore.