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Day of Honey
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Bread of Beirut
August 2, 2012
On bread, war, and the age-old tradition of the public oven.
Eating in Public: Pleasure or Peril?
February 28, 2012
Echoes of Victorian finger-wagging from lawmakers who pit public eating against cleanliness, godliness and that elusive quality we refer to as being “civilized.”
Haute Bedouin Cuisine With Mezlai's Ali
January 30, 2012
Chef Ali Ebdowa is translating simple Bedouin dishes, some of which have barely changed since the Prophet Muhammad’s day, into haute cuisine.
Let Them Eat Bread: How Food Subsidies
Prevent (and Provoke) Revolutions in the
March 23, 2011
How the bread that used to ensure obedience turned into a symbol and a source of revolution.
Eat, Drink, Protest
In the wrong hands, food can be a weapon: a short, sweet history of food propaganda.
Does the Mediterranean Diet Even Exist?
April 3, 2011
The New York Times Magazine
The more we try to eat like Mediterraneans, the more they're trying to eat like us.
History on a Plate
July 21, 2011
A short history of harisa/haleem, the mixture of meat, spices, and grains that people have been eating across continents and centuries.
Lebanon’s New Locavores
June 5, 2011
Middle Eastern diners used to shun “peasant food.” But slow, fresh, and rural are gaining ground at Beirut’s trendy Tawlet.
They Remember Home
Marooned in Beirut, Iraqi refugees ease the pain of exile with home cooking.
Best Food Writing 2009
Baghdad Thanksgiving, 2003
22 November 2007
The New York Times
Thanksgiving in Baghdad, four years ago.
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