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Date: Tuesday 13 June 2017
Price: £15 (includes food sample)
Join us for a delicious evening of food and conversation with a stellar line-up of chefs and food writers.
Our panel will be discussing the evocative food from their childhood, with the chance for you to sample some Middle Eastern food.
Before the event, you can sample delicious food from Falafel Feast. Enjoy a Sabich - a traditional Iraqi snack made with egg, aubergine and potato latke.
Linda Dangoor was born in Baghdad and settled in the UK in the early 1960s. Although she left Iraq when only ten years old, the link to her roots through food has always been very strong, and she resolved to put down her favourite family recipes from her native Iraq in modern book form. Her book, Flavours of Babylon, was published in 2011.
Claudia Roden, who grew up in Egypt, is a pioneering cookery writer with a special interest in the social, historical and cultural background of food. The publication of her 'A Book Of Middle Eastern Food' in 1968 is said to have revolutionised Western attitudes to the cuisines of the Middle East and North Africa. She was born in Cairo and was drawn to the subject of food partly through a desire to evoke a lost heritage. Her books, including The Book of Jewish Food, have won her many awards and international recognition.
Michael Daniel has been running London’s most successful vegetarian restaurant since 1989. The cooking at the Gate reflects the diverse cultural background in which he grew up, his grandmothers blended Indian and Arabic cuisines with traditional Jewish food, modulated by French and Italian influences.
Sami Zubaida was born in Baghdad and finished his school education there, then left for England where he proceeded to university education, culminating in academic positions. He is Emeritus Professor of Politics and Sociology at Birkbeck, University of London, Fellow of Birkbeck College, Research Associate of the London Middle East Institute, and Professorial Research Associate of the Food Studies Centre, both at SOAS. He has held visiting positions in Cairo, Istanbul, Beirut, Aix-en-Provence, Paris, Berkley CA and NYU, written and lectured widely on themes of religion, culture, law and politics in the Middle East, with particular attention to Egypt, Iran, Iraq and Turkey. His other work is on food history and culture. His books include: Islam, the People and the State: Political Ideas and Movements in the Middle East; A Taste of Thyme: Culinary Cultures of the Middle East; Law and Power in the Islamic World; and Beyond Islam: A New Understanding of the Middle East. Forthcoming: Food, Politics and Society (with A Colas, J Edwards and J Levi).
Online sales for this event are now closed but available to purchase on the door.
Cafe open: 6-7pm
With generous support from The Exilarch's Foundation