The Gaza Kitchen: Seafood from Southern Palestine


Mon, Oct. 28th
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm


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Kitchen on Fire North
1509 Shattuck Avenue #A, Berkeley


Laila El-HaddadMaggie Schmitt

The Gaza Kitchen: Seafood from Southern Palestine

Come taste Palestine through the distinctive southern cuisine of the Gaza region with the authors of the acclaimed documentary cookbook The Gaza Kitchen: a Palestinian Culinary Journey, recently featured on Anthony Bourdain:  Parts Unknown. Though little known outside the region, Gazan cooking is famous within the Arab world for its rich seafood dishes and its unique combinations of flavors: hot peppers, rich spices, fresh herbs… a cuisine that Anthony Bourdain calls “unlike anything” he’s ever tasted in the Middle East!

Laila El-Haddad is co-author of the award winning documentary cookbook “The Gaza Kitchen: a Palestinian Culinary Journey”, which has been praised by the likes of Anthony Bourdain, Claudia Roden, and Nancy Harmon Jenkins.

Laila El-Haddad is a key voice for understanding the situation in Gaza.  Through her blog and book Gaza Mom and her work as a journalist, documentarian, media activist, public speaker and policy advisor she provides rare insight into the human experience of the region.  Originally from Gaza, she presently lives in Maryland.

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  • Shorabit frikah - Fire-roasted Green Wheat and Vegetable Soup
  • Dagga - Hot Tomato & Dill Salad w/ flatbread
  • Hbari w ruz - calamari with caramelized onions & half browned rice
  • Zibdiyit gambari - spicy shrimp & tomato clay pot
  • Marouta - date spice pinwheel cookies
  • Shay bil maramiya - Palestinian sage-scented tea


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