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A Conversation with Reem Assil, Palestinian-Syrian chef

Everett Public Library welcomes chef Reem Assil, activist and author of the cookbook and memoir “Arabiyya: Recipes from the life of an Arab in diaspora.” Assil will speak on Tuesday, October 11 at 7 p.m. at the Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave. Masks are required at all events at this venue. The library will provide masks for anyone who needs one. 

This event is free, and tickets are not required. Artisans PNW will provide copies of the book to purchase at the event, and Assil will be available for book signing after her talk. 

We encourage you to read Assil’s book and try her recipes at home. To borrow a library copy, place a hold here. Free giveaway copies are available while supplies last at:

  • Main Library, 2702 Hoyt Ave.
  • Sno-Isle Food Co-op, 2804 Grand Ave.
  • Evergreen Branch, 9512 Evergreen Way
  • Alida's Bakery, 607 SE Everett Mall Way, Ste. 9a & 9b

About the book

Arabiyya: Recipes from the Life of an Arab in Diaspora is a collection of more than 100 bright, bold recipes influenced by the vibrant flavors and convivial culture of the Arab world, filled with moving personal essays on food, family, and identity and mixed with a pinch of California cool. Of the cookbook, acclaimed food writer Ruth Reichl says, “This is what a cookbook should be: passion, politics, and personality are woven through the fabulous recipes.”  

About the author

Reem Assil is a Palestinian-Syrian chef, activist and speaker, based in Oakland, CA, working at the intersection of food, community, and social justice. Reem has garnered an array of top accolades in the culinary world, including James Beard finalist for Outstanding Chef (2022) back to back semifinalist for Best Chef: West (2018-19). Before dedicating herself to a culinary career, Reem spent over a decade as a community and labor organizer, building leadership in workers and residents to fight for living wages, affordable housing, and a voice in their jobs and their neighborhoods. Reem is the author of New York Times-reviewed cookbook Arabiyya: Recipes from the Life of an Arab in Diaspora (2022).

Instagram: @reem.assil

Twitter: @assil_reem


About One Everett One Book

One Everett One Book is a community-wide reading initiative designed to deepen an appreciation of reading and unite the Everett community through conversation. Through fall and winter, the library will present a variety of programs under the theme “Food for Thought.” Keep an eye on this page for more information about other One Everett One Book 2022-2023 programs and events.

Spice Club

Everett Public Library’s Spice Club is a monthly program that you can take part in anytime!

Simply visit your preferred library branch starting the first Wednesday of every month, October 2022 - February 2023, to pick up your Spice Club kit! Kits include the spice of the month, a brochure featuring recipes, book recommendations, and more!

No registration is required. Learn more about Spice Club and the spice of the month here:

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Share your food story

Share your food stories this fall with programs for youth and adults!

Youth: Join our Youth Writing Festival! This year our theme is food: elegant food, mouth-watering food, family food, fast food, food disasters, and all other things edible. Draw inspiration from your own food memories and from library programs featuring food writers, chefs, foodies, and — of course — people who love to eat. We will provide weekly writing prompts to get your creativity (and saliva) flowing. You can also optionally submit to our book! All varieties of art and writing are welcome. More info about how to submit coming soon. Find updates about the Share Your Story program at, or click the image below. 

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Adults: Submit your favorite food stories, art, and recipes to our online Cooking Up Community cookbook. Click here or click the image below to read submission guidelines and contribute! Submissions are open until February 28 and will be compiled into a community cookbook after the submission period ends.

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