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The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey  

The Jerusalem Fund
2425 Virginia Ave, NW

Washington, DC  20037

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Mar 22, 2013   12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

"The Gaza Kitchen - A Palestinian Culinary Journey"


Laila El-Haddad
Co-author, blogger and author

Maggie Schmitt
Co-author, writer and educator

(and tasting menu of recipes from the book served for lunch)

Friday, 22 March 2013
12:30 - 2:00 p.m. EST
The Jerusalem Fund

"In the summer of 2010, authors Laila El-Haddad and Maggie Schmitt traveled the length and breadth of the Gaza Strip to collect the recipes presented in this book, resulting in a richly illustrated cookbook that explores the distinctive cuisine and food heritage of an area known prior to 1948 as the Gaza District. They were able to build on the extensive knowledge that Laila, herself a Palestinian from Gaza, had gained from family and friends throughout the years.

But The Gaza Kitchen is not only a cookbook. A lot of other things happen in kitchens everywhere, in addition to cooking: Conversations, the re-telling of family histories, and the daily drama of surviving and creating spaces for pleasure in an embattled place. In this book, women and men from throughout Gaza tell their stories as they relate to cooking, farming, and the food economy: personal stories, family stories, and descriptions of the broader social and economic system in which they live." (-Helena Cobban, founder,  Just World Books)

Laila El-Haddad
is a blogger, political analyst,  social activist, and parent-of-three from Gaza City. She is also a contributing author to The Goldstone Report: The Legacy of the Landmark Investigation of the Gaza Conflict, and a policy advisor with al-Shabaka, the Palestinian Policy Network.

She has been published in the Baltimore Sun, Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, The New Statesman, The Daily Star, Le monde diplomatique, and has appeared on CNN, NPR, and Al Jazeera. Since November 2004, she has authored an award-winning blog now known as Gaza Mom.

maggie schmitt

Maggie Schmitt is a writer, researcher, translator, educator, and social activist. She holds a B.A. from Harvard in Literature and has conducted advanced graduate studies in Social Anthropology and Mediterranean Studies at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

Schmitt works in various media—writing, production, photography, video—exploring and recording the daily practices of ordinary people as a way of understanding political and social realities in various parts of the Mediterranean region..

Copies of the book were available for purchase.

The Jerusalem Fund
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Washington, DC  20037

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