The Immigrant Cookbook

Recipes that
Make America Great

Collected and edited
by Leyla Moushabeck


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A diverse bounty of recipes by immigrant chefs from around the world, from the publisher of the award-winning humanitarian cookbook Soup for Syria.

Book Description

Since its beginnings, America has been a haven for people seeking refuge from political or economic troubles, or simply those in search of adventure and prosperity in a land where opportunity is promised to all. These émigrés, from every corner of the world, helped make America great long before the 2016 election.

Along with their hopes and dreams, they brought valuable gifts: recipes from their homelands that transformed the way America eats. What would the Southwest be without its piquant green chili pepper sauces and stews, New York City without its iconic Jewish delis, Dearborn without its Arab eateries, or Louisiana without the Creole and Cajun flavors of its signature gumbos and jambalayas? Imagine an America without pizza or pad Thai, hummus or hot dogs, sushi or strudel—for most people, it wouldn’t taste much like America at all.

In these times of troubling anti-immigrant rhetoric, The Immigrant Cookbook: Recipes that Make America Great offers a culinary celebration of the many ethnic groups that have contributed to America’s vibrant food culture. This beautifully photographed cookbook features appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, and desserts—some familiar favorites, some likely to be new encounters—by renowned immigrant chefs from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and Europe.


International Cooking
7 ½" x 10"
224 pages
Full-color photos
ISBN 978-1-56656-038-2
Hardback $35.00


  • Aarón Sánchez
  • Alicia Maher
  • Ana Patuleia Ortins
  • Ana Sofía Peláez
  • Ana Sortun
  • Anita Jaisinghani
  • Anita Lo
  • April Bloomfield
  • Ariane Daguin
  • Barbara Abdeni Massaad
  • Bonnie Morales
  • Brenda Abdelall
  • Cara Stadler
  • Carla Capalbo
  • Cathal Armstrong
  • Charles Phan
  • Claus Meyer
  • Cristina Martinez
  • Curtis Stone
  • Dalia Mortada
  • Daniel Boulud
  • David SooHoo
  • Didem Hosgel
  • Dominique Ansel
  • Einat Admony
  • Ejhadji Cisse and Cheikh Cisse
  • Emma Bengtsson
  • Enrique Olvera
  • Hanif Sadr
  • Hari Nayak
  • Ignacio Mattos
  • Ingrid Hoffmann
  • Ivan Garcia
  • Jesus Delgado
  • Joan Nathan
  • Joanne Chang
  • John Sugimura
  • José Andrés
  • Josh Ku and Trigg Brown
  • Katrina Jazayeri
  • Laila El-Haddad
  • Lauryn Chun
  • Leela Punyaratabandhu
  • Lina Fat
  • Marco Canora
  • Maria Loi
  • Markus Glocker
  • Martin Yan
  • Mei Chau
  • Monica Meehan
  • Mourad Lahlou
  • Moussa Doualeh
  • Nadia Hassani
  • Nadia Hubbi and Deana Kabakibi
  • Naji Boustany
  • Najmieh Batmanglij
  • Nick Balla
  • Nina Compton
  • Pat Tanumihardja
  • Paulina Farro
  • Rawia Bishara
  • Reem Assil
  • Ron Duprat
  • Roni Mazumdar
  • Ryan Lachaine
  • Salma Hage
  • Samantha Seneviratne
  • Serge Madikians
  • Sheldon Simeon
  • Thomas Kim
  • Tsiona Bellete
  • Tunde Wey
  • Zareen Khan
  • Zarela Martinez
  • Ziggy Marley
The Author

Leyla Moushabeck

Leyla Moushabeck is Interlink Publishing’s longtime cookbook editor. Over the past 10 years, she has worked on numerous award-winning cookbooks, including, most recently, Interlink’s humanitarian cookbook project, Soup for Syria: Recipes to Celebrate Our Shared Humanity, and The Aleppo Cookbook, winner of the 2017 Art of Eating Prize. She is born to a Palestinian father and a British mother, and lives with her Colombian husband and son in Brooklyn.

Leyla Moushabeck - Author of The Immigrant Cookbook
  • "This is a powerful, important, and delicious cookbook which everyone should own. Roots cooking at its finest."

    —Anthony Bourdain
  • "Recipes tell two stories: the story of how to make a meal and the story of the people who have made it over time. Recipes, like people, come from somewhere. They bring this somewhere to their new home and, in so doing, create something new. The resulting meal, like the resulting country, is all the better for it. The Immigrant Cookbook is a vital reminder and celebration of these two stories."

    —Yotam Ottolenghi
  • "Reading the recipes in this beautiful book, I felt like I was listening to a language that could help bridge every divide."

    —Alice Waters
  • "A gorgeous celebration of the delicious diversity of America—plate by plate."

    —David Lebovitz
  • "The Immigrant Cookbook is exceptionally beautiful and important—the best story of America. It contains so much more than recipes and should be in every American kitchen for Americans to show off and use with joy. It is a book that will have pride of place—and use—in my kitchen!"

    —Deborah Madison