At #AsiaLitFest2019 renowned food writers Claudia Roden and Yasmin Khan discussed how understanding cuisines can offer us nuanced and new perspectives of cultures. They discussed their newly published books : The New Book of Middle Eastern Food by Claudia Roden and Zaitoun: Recipes and Stories from the Palestinian Kitchen by Yasmin Khan.
Both authors were in conversation with Donald Sloan, Chair of the Oxford Cultural Collective and explored the links between Middle Eastern food and identities. At a time when media coverage, often focused on politics and conflict, reinforces a one-dimensional view of the Middle East, they discussed how an understanding of food and its place in culture can reveal rich, nuanced perspectives.
The event was very well received, and we have uploaded the video recording of this exciting and riveting talk!