31-12-2017 From the healthy and hot soups to the popular dishes and desserts Palestinian delicacies,
the authors of Bethlehem Book collected Palestinian recipes to give the Western reader a
glimpse of daily life in Palestine where the Palestinian land and culture are subjected to the
largest campaign of Israeli Judaization and piracy of Palestinian food heritage. The
Bethlehem book is characterized by popular Palestinian recipes such as bread, pastries,
salads, vegetables and a variety of interesting ways to cook popular Palestinian food such
as mansaf, macloba, msakhan and many famous Palestinian and international items, which
the book showed in a modern way how to made this food and express pulse of life of the
Palestinian people in the face of adversity and difficulties.
The authors of the book of Bethlehem, Dr. Abdelfattah Abusrour and Manal Odeh, collected
authentic recipes for Palestinian food of all kinds from Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem,
which was passed down from generation to become a Palestinian heritage that preserves
the identity of the land and the Palestinian cause and maintains its existence.
The Bethlehem book was launched in the United Kingdom, Britain and Scotland on the eve
Christmas celebrations and following the controversial US president’s declaration that
Jerusalem would be the capital of the occupation. The book carries an important message
to the Western community that includes the heritage, culture and identity of the Palestinian
people through Palestinian popular cuisine, which tried the occupation recently launched a
number of campaigns to try Judaization and marketing as Israeli recipes, the last attempt to
Judaize “hummus, falafel and msakhan” Herald Scotland classified Bethlehem’s recipe book as one of the best cookbooks of 2017.
It is distinguished by transferring the heritage of the secrets of food preparation and popular
Palestinian cooking arts in an easy and simple way, which preserves and fortifies Palestinian
flavors and protects them from extinction and thwart attempts by Israeli cuisine to pirate
and counterfeit food. Palestinian conflict to the present memory and its dissemination to
the whole world.
The Palestinian writer and author Dr. Abdelfattah Abusrour said that the Palestinian cuisine
faces challenges, many popular foods are threatened with disappearing from the Arab table,
especially those that are connected to land and heritage, and many food and meals with
historical roots and link to the geography of the place and the land, has become under Israeli
piracy and the struggle for existence and the attempts of counterfeiting and Judaization and
distortion of identity and attempts to attribute to the Israeli kitchen.
He pointed out that the popular foods that were raised and raised by the grandparents and
the Palestinian parents and were inherited to the grandchildren over generation linked to
identity and has a historical extension and constitute the whole issue of Palestine, as the
variety of food throughout the seasons, according to the ground of grass, and he said “Our
food is our heritage and our culture. These foods are from the homeland, and it is enough
On the other hand, the writer Manal Awda pointed to the need to teach how to prepare
and introduce Palestinian cuisine, especially since the occupation deprived many of them
and quoted many of the popular Arab recipes and attributed them to his kitchen. The
Bethlehem book was based on the adoption of traditional cooking as a culture rooted in the
minds of the rising generations. The presence of foods by heritage and heritage on the table
and in every Arab and Palestinian house and its involvement with the Western world.
It is worth mentioning that the book “Recipes Bethlehem” is the authors of Dr. Abdelfattah
Abusrour and Manal Odeh and the implementation of Melissa Squoot and the publication
of Gilgamesh. The proceeds of this book will be used to support the Alrowwad Society for
Culture and arts to develop the skills of young people, women and children in Aida camp