Annia Ciezadlo, author of Day of Honey* (Free Press, 2011) , isn’t the first person to cook her way through trying times. Nor will she be the last. But the makeshift kitchens where Ms. Ciezadlo peeled purple eggplant or stirred onions caramelizing for Mjadara Hamra (Lentils with Bulgur Wheat) happened to be in a couple … More War. Cook. Eat. Love.
An army marches on its stomach. ~~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~~ Unfortunately, war is the human condition. And where there is war, there is hunger. From time immemorial, hunger has always been a weapon of war and each side will use it, if possible. An enemy’s hungry army, along with time, is often the only weapon … More Hunger, a Weapon of War
Sit at dinner tables as long as you can, and converse to your hearts’ desire, for these are the bonus times of your lives. (Annals of the Caliphs’ Kitchens, p. x) Talk about a window into the past and a mirror to the present! A thousand years plus some separate us from the author and … More Ibn Sayyār al-Warrāq: The Tenth-Century’s Answer to Jamie Oliver?