Rochelle Beyda

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Dear Poopa,

I’m not sure that you know me or even remember me but I did introduce myself to you this past winter at Yeshiva of Flatbush when they had the day of inspiration for the kids.

Anyway – I wanted to take a moment to express to you what your cookbook “Aromas of Aleppo” means to me. My mom died when I was eleven and I’ll never forget the first thing I said to my dad when he came to tell me “who is going to make us Friday night dinner now?”

All of these years I said to myself- Isn’t that silly- but now that I have a family of my own I see how important Friday night dinners and traditional foods are to my children and husband.

I can’t remember my mother’s recipes so I rely on your wonderful book (and of course my mother – in- laws recipes too) to help me prepare authentic Syrian cooking and pass down our traditional foods to my children. Even though I’m married 20 years, your cookbook comes out every Friday morning just to make sure I get it right and so my mommy could be proud of me that I am carrying on our traditional Friday night and I am feeding her grandchildren well!

Thank you for being such a big part of my life without even knowing it.

May Hashem bless you and your family. Love, Rochelle Beyda

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