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With Laila El-Haddad and Vivien Sansour

Monday, August 16, 3-5pm PT – 6-8pm ET

$10 Donation, Register Now! www.mecaforpeace.org/BethlehemGaza

Join Middle East Children’s Alliance & Just World Educational virtually for a summer meal prepared by Laila El-Haddad, with virtual assistance from her dear friend Vivien Sansour. In this exclusive seasonal cooking demonstration, they will discuss resilience against both the physical and culinary partitions of the occupation – as well as its attempts to destroy diversity of food. In this moment of new imagining for Palestine, how can we create a plate that threads us together?

And celebrating the 3rd edition of Laila El-Haddad’s book, The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey!

Benefit for MECA programs in Gaza

LAILA EL-HADDAD is co-author of The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey.

A Palestinian American journalist, food justice advocate and public speaker, Laila is the author of a number of books and co-editor of Gaza Unsilenced (2015). Through her work as a writer, storyteller, and culinary documentarian, she provides much-needed insight into the Palestinian experience. Born in Kuwait to Gaza-Palestinian parents, Laila currently lives with her family in Maryland.


VIVIEN SANSOUR  is an artist, storyteller, researcher,  conservationist and founder of the Palestinian Heirloom Seed Library. A culinary historian and enthusiastic cook, Vivien brings threatened varieties “back to the dinner table to become part of our living culture rather than a relic of the past.” She uses image, sketch, film, soil, seeds, and plants to enliven old cultural tales in contemporary presentations and to advocate for seed conservation and the protection of agro-biodiversity as a cultural/political act. Born in Jerusalem, Vivien lives in Bethlehem, Palestine and Los Angeles, USA.


Register Now! $10 donation, www.mecaforpeace.org/BethlehemGaza


Celebrating The Gaza Kitchen, 3rd Edition!

Laila El-Haddad and Maggie Schmitt’s ethnographic cookbook, The Gaza Kitchen, blazed a trail that other Palestinian cookbooks then followed. Together, they have established Palestinian cuisine as a distinguished part of the world’s cultural heritage. The Gaza Kitchen has been lauded for the clarity and accuracy of its recipes—and for the deep humanism of the authors’ approach, in which the joyous faces and families of Gaza’s cooks and food vendors share equal space with the recipes. This 3rd Edition includes new recipes, a new Introduction, and updates from Laila’s 2019 trip to Gaza.

Not just a superb cookbook, a collection of vital recipes from a delicious yet often overlooked cuisine, but an argument for understanding. A classic of world food.

The best cookbooks inspire you to be a better chef. This one can make you a better person…Part anthropology, part history, part politics, part biography, part geography, and always passionately intelligent, this is gastronomic writing at its finest.

Buy your copy of The Gaza Kitchen from MECA’s online store!