Jennifer Abadi

Contributing Chefs and Nutritionists



Jennifer Abadi

Bio: Jennifer Felicia Abadi 
Jennifer Abadi wrote and illustrated her cookbook-memoir, A Fistful of Lentils: Syrian-Jewish Recipes from Grandma’s Fritzie’s Kitchen, and currently assists others in writing and preserving their own family recipes. Jennifer teaches in such professional cooking schools in New York City as The Jewish Community Center (JCC), the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE), and the Natural Gourmet Institute, as well as privately in individual homes. She also gives Jewish food tours on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, and works for a variety of clients in the New York City area as a private chef. Her area of expertise covers a range of cuisines, such as Syrian, Indian, Moroccan, Iraqi, Egyptian, Yemenite, Persian, Greek, Armenian, Georgian, and Turkish, all of which she can customize to your needs. Jennifer is an active member of The New York Women’s Culinary Alliance as well as, and She has done food demonstrations on NBC, ABC, and Fox 5 News, and has been interviewed by such radio on stations as “Awake, Alive, and Jewish,” and “Radio Sefarad: The English Corner,” in Spain. In the fall of 2010 Jennifer 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. Jennifer is currently doing research and writing for a second cookbook that focuses on Sephardic/Middle Eastern recipes, traditions, and memories for Passover, and has an ongoing blog that updates readers on this For further information on Jennifer’s classes, lectures, demos, and other events, please review her website:



Books authored by Jennifer Abadi

A Fistful of Lentils: Syrian-Jewish Recipes From Grandma Fritzie's Kitchen

This is the first book on Syrian-Jewish cooking, a cuisine featuring meats simmered in spices, vegetables stuffed or roasted, sweet and sour sauces, lemony dressings, and rich sugar-dusted pastries. Including all the classic dishes and four generations of one family's favorites, this delightfully personal book is a complete exploration of Syrian-Jewish history, culture, family, and food.

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You can also have Jennifer cook right along side of you - live cooking instructions over the phone from ChefsLine: visit her ChefsLine page