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The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey

November 1, 2013 - November 2, 2013


Laila El-Haddad and Maggie Schmitt, authors of the highly acclaimed cookbook The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey will be visiting the Portland area for a series of informative (and delicious) community events. 

Friday, November 1st, 5:00 – 7:00 PM: Reception and talk with the authors at the World Affairs Council at Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Avenue in Portland). Please register to attend this event.

Saturday, November 2nd, 4:00 – 6:00 PM: Dinner and conversation with the authors at Hoda’s Restaurant (3401 SE Belmont Street in Portland). Call 503-236-8325 for reservations.

Saturday, November 2nd, 7:30 PM: Concert with singer-songwriter David Rovics. During intermission, The Gaza Kitchen authors will talk and serve Palestinian delicacies. At Kairos-Milwaukie United Church of Christ (4790 SE Logus Road in Milwaukie)

As El-Haddad describes it, The Gaza Kitchen is “part ethnography, part cookbook, and part political analysis.” The book explores the distinctive cuisine and food heritage of Palestine’s Gaza area through the personal stories and history of its people, particularly women.

The Gaza Kitchen provides a lens through which to understand the people and culture of Gaza. Under total military blockade by Israel, the Gaza Strip, home to 1.7 million people, faces food insecurity, dependence on external aid for basic nutrients and a largely non-potable water supply. The population also faces periodic military incursions by the Israeli military, and, as such, trauma and injuries are a part of daily life. Despite that, the resilience of the people is part of the story that is told so compellingly by this cookbook.

Download the event flyer.