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The Gaza Kitchen

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Laila El-Haddad (co-author with Maggie Schmitt of the recently published book The Gaza Kitchen) explores the distinctive cuisine and heritage of Palestine – offering both a universal and a singular view of the region’s cultural richness through the lens of food. What is the connection between the history of a population and its food? Who doesn’t consider the kitchen the most animated and inviting room in the house? El-Haddad looks at how cooking, farming, food security, and family histories intertwine with the broader social and economic realities of life along the Gaza Strip – illustrating that mesmerizing food (their book contains 130 recipes!) can survive and thrive even in the most embattled of landscapes.

Light refreshments, provided by Hoda Restaurant and inspired by recipes in the book,  included with event. Following the talk, the authors will sign copies of The Gaza Kitchen, which will be available for purchase.

Part of the series 'Setting the Table: Global Food, Local Perspectives', co-sponsored with Slow Food Portland.


$5 General; free WAC and Slow Food members.