Too Good to Passover

Preserving the Varied Foods, Traditions and Memories of Passover in the Sephardic and Judeo-Arabic World

For the Public
Thursday, March 28, 2019
5:30 PM

Annenberg School for Communication 
Room 111
3620 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Join Middle Eastern food preservationist, author (and Penn alum!) Jennifer Abadi for a special talk on her new cookbook Too Good To Passover, where she will discuss the varying foods and customs for Passover from the Sephardic and Judeo-Arabic communities of Africa, Asia and Europe. Jennifer will share the memories and stories of individuals whom she interviewed for her book, and explain how her love for the Middle Eastern culture and its language, food, and history culminates in her 700-page cookbook of over 200 recipes from 23 communities — a project that took 9 years to research, develop, and write! 


Jennifer Abadi

Jennifer Abadi

Jennifer Abadi lives in New York City and is a researcher, developer, and preserver of Sephardic and Judeo-Arabic recipes and food customs. A culinary expert in the Jewish communities of the Middle East, Mediterranean, Central Asia, and North Africa, Jennifer teaches cooking at the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) and at the Jewish Community Center Manhattan (JCC). She also offers private lessons and works for a variety of clients in the New York City area as a personal chef. In addition, Jennifer provides Jewish food and culture tours on Manhattan's Lower East Side. Her first cookbook-memoir, A Fistful of Lentils: Syrian-Jewish Recipes From Grandma Fritzie's Kitchen, is a collection of recipes and stories from her family. (A new edition of this cookbook will be released later this year.) Her second cookbook, Too Good To Passover: Sephardic & Judeo-Arabic Seder Menus and Memories from Africa, Asia and Europe, is her most recent book.

You can find Jennifer on her blog, or on Instagram: For further information on Jennifer’s classes, lectures, demos, and other events, see her website:


This program is cosponsored by the University of Pennsylvania Jewish Studies Program and the Katz Center.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Klatt Family and the Harry Stern Family Foundation for this and all public programming.