This is a very quick post, hastily drafted to deliver the details of the London schedule for Laila El-Haddad and Maggie Schmitt, authors of The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey. Please share it.
Last night I attended the ‘Gaza Kitchen’ London launch event at the Mosaic Rooms on the border of Kensington and Earls Court. There author, new restaurateur and Twitter friend Anissa Helou introduced Leila and Maggie and for 90 minutes deftly steered their discussion. The authors were articulate, insightful and animated. Their slim book (which it sounds was strongly edited, leaving many stories still to tell) deserves all the attention it has received and more. Indeed I urge any journalists or producers reading this post that might be able to give this topic the oxygen of publicity to consider doing so. Last night, I walked into the Mosaic Rooms woefully under-educated and left carrying new images of a place that I am unlikely to visit but with my curiosity engaged. A curiosity which extends to the Gazans’ plight and beyond, such is the power of a book which connects nourishment with political tragedy.
There are two more opportunities to hear Laila and Maggie talk:
Thurs., May 9, 2:30 pm.
Gaza Kitchen authors’ discussion and book-signing at the Arab British Center, 1 Gough Square, London, EC4 (next to Dr. Johnson’s house.) RSVP’s requested: heather-at-zaytoun.org.
Fri., May 10, 8:00 pm.
Maggie & Laila will be hosted by the Islington Friends of Yibna. At: INCA CGIL (known as the Italian Trade Union Centre), 124 Canonbury Rd., Islington N1.
And here’s the Amazon link to the book: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Gaza-Kitchen-Palestinian-Culinary/dp/1935982230