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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 8, 2016

Event raising funds for food to feed refugees

Oct 18, 2016

A book signing, questions-and-answers, and soup tasting, with author Barbara Abdeni Massaad is planned from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday at the At Home Store.

Beth Howard, pie baker and local author of “Miss American Pie,” will introduce Massaad. Massaad is author of “Soup for Syria, Recipes to Celebrate our Shared Humanity.”

Massaad will be telling about her work to help the food relief effort to alleviate hunger in the Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon. It all began with a soup kitchen and continued on to the writing of an award-winning cookbook of soups, with recipes contributed by chefs and cookbook authors from around the world. The book also contains many photographs of Syrian refugees that Massaad met in the camps. All of the proceeds from the sale of the book go to the relief effort.

Massaad is a food writer, TV host, cookbook author, and a regular contributor to international cooking magazines. She is the author bestselling cookbooks “Soup for Syria” and “Man’oushe: Inside the Street Corner Lebanese Bakery.”

Howard is a native Iowan who wrote “Making Piece” and “Miss American Pie.” In addition to being an author, she is a speaker, and a pie baker who lived for several years in the Grant Wood American Gothic House in Eldon, baking pies, teaching pie baking, and selling pies at the Pitchfork Pie Stand. She now lives on a farm in Donnellson.

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